Derrick (Ricky) Donivan Canady, Sr. 58, was born in Brooklyn, New York on May 1, 1962 to Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Ethel Canady. He departed this life on November 18, 2020 from Lung Cancer. He will forever be among us.
At a young age, Rick accepted the Lord as his Savior, was baptized and became a member of Bethel Baptist Church located in Brooklyn, New York.
Ricky attended Eastern District High School and earned an Associate’s Degree from Suffolk County Community College and played basketball for the school's team. He was affectionately known as “Yung Riser” and "Kangaroo Man” because of his impressive jumping abilities on the basketball court. Ricky continued his life’s journey and enlisted in the United States Navy where he served as a communication specialist. After serving his country, he settled in Columbia, South Carolina where he was employed in several capacities but spent most of his work in construction until his health began to fail.
When Ricky was not hard at work and spending time with his family and friends, he enjoyed photography, traveling, basketball, listening to music, and engaging in a good debate. He was an eloquent, thought-provoking writer with a penmanship that was so meticulous it resembled the letters on a typewriter. Ricky was funny, sensitive, and full of life. He had a big heart, and so many people gravitated towards him up until the very end. The thing that made Ricky the proudest, was the love that he had for his family.
He leaves to mourn his death many beloved family members and will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by his children, Jasmine Canady, Derrick Canady, Jr., Dominique Canady and Yasmine Fields; grandchildren, Aaliyah Fields-Pearson, Angelica Vanegas, and Adonis Salley; parents, Robert and Ethel Canady; Cynthia Canady (spouse); sisters, Cynthia Anderson, Katrina Canady and Jacqueline Mosley; nieces, Dashnelle Anderson and Makayla Quick; special friend, Martina Davis and a host of aunts, uncles, extended family members and friends.
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