Our wonderful son, Liam Samuel Canty was taken from us much too soon.  Born in Oxford, England on a rainy Saturday, October 21, 1995 Liam spent most of his life in Toronto.   He was a fun-loving child but always a little reserved.  He didn’t have huge numbers of friends but he was intensely loyal to those he did have at Cedarvale Elementary and Arlington Middle School.  He struggled in a large high school but thrived at Inglenook Alternative School from where he graduated as an Ontario Scholar in 2013.  Although highly intelligent, Liam was not suited to college or university. He worked in a number of bar and restaurant kitchens in Toronto, Montreal and most recently Hamilton.  In that work he developed a love and talent for cooking and had recently talked about going to culinary school.

Throughout his life Liam loved 3 things – reading, music and travel.  He made many trips with his Dad to Ireland to see his paternal grandparents and aunts often including side trips to England or the Netherlands.  He also loved cruises and trips to Disney World with his mother and Nain, Pat Coady.  In Canada he loved visits to Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal, Haliburton and Port Carling.  When he left us he was very excited for his next adventure in Edmonton where he was due to go on February 27.  He had very wide ranging tastes in reading and music.  He could switch from hard philosophy books to biographies to fiction as the mood took him.  He was never without a book!  He also developed a love of music, particularly early punk such as the Clash and Ramones.  On our trips to London, England he liked nothing better than spending time in places like Tower Records and the Virgin Megastore.  He also loved live music and attended many shows.  Most recently he took his Dad to see Iron Maiden in Hamilton and both had a wonderful night!

Liam struggled throughout his life with intense anxiety and this got worse as he grew older.  Sadly, as he reached adolescence the effects of his anxiety resulted in addictions to alcohol and drugs.  In recent years he had made great strides towards combating his addictions and anxiety but these diseases are strong and powerful.  Sadly he was ultimately unable to win that hardest battle of all and succumbed around February 24, 2024.

Liam was very much loved by his mum, Stella; dad, Angelo; aunts Ruth, Petronella and Johanna as well as his Oma Joke, Nain Pat (deceased) and granddads Frank and Tim (both deceased).  We will all miss him dearly and are shocked at his passing but we take comfort in the knowledge that he knew he was loved and that he loved us all.

An informal memorial gathering with music will be held on Sunday March 10 from 12 to 2pm.  We are very grateful to our musician friends who have agreed to play live for us that day.  In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health where Liam got wonderful support and care during his battle. Donations can be made electronically at CAMH Donation site.


March 10, 2024
Cardinal Funeral Homes - Bathurst
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM




April 15, 2024
Sending my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Liam Canty. He was a deep thinker with a unique presence that I'm sure everyone who knew him will vividly remember. I got to know Liam at Inglenook High School and spent many memorable hours talking with him about art, music, and life. I had been wondering for quite some time what Liam was up to and sadly heard the news of his passing today. Although I only spent a short period of time with him, I'm very grateful to have known him. A true eccentric, in the best possible way.
March 12, 2024
Ravi Negi
Deepest condolences to the family. Liam was such a kind and gentle soul, full of curiosity and fun, and at Inglenook he was always such a joy to be around. I'll always remember so many of our wonderful conversations, not only in class, but at other time of the day over a cup of coffee. He always gave me lots to think about ... thinking of the entire family during this difficult time, and sending strength and love.
March 11, 2024
Andrew Cichocki
I am so sorry for your loss. I attended Inglenook with Liam and really liked his vibes. He was funny and interesting to talk to. I'm so sad to hear about his passing. I can't imagine what it feels like for you. I hope you find the strength to make it through this.
March 10, 2024
Robert Rennick
Empathy, love and compassion from my family to yours and all Inglenook’s community. I can’t express the sadness of his loss. I had so many wonderful conversations, talks, walks and great laughter and joy with Liam, at our school. Love and empathy.
March 09, 2024
Sandy Miller
I wish you all the best and just remembering all the wonderful things that he has done and the great times he had with all those who came to know him.
March 09, 2024
To Liam’s family: I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Liam was such a kind, loving and funny friend. My prayers are with you. I will cherish the all the days Liam and I had together, and keep all the memories sacred. RIP
March 09, 2024
Merica Brown
To Stella and Family. Your beautiful boy departed this earth, and I know you loved him immensely like only a mother could. I wish you peace as the days pass on. I hope the memories of Liam will give you strength until your heart heals. With Love, Merica
March 08, 2024
Helen and Johnb
Our deepest condolences to you Angelo, Stella and families on the loss of your son Liam. We were truly saddened to hear of his untimely passing. We are sending you our love and support and may Liam rest in peace.
March 08, 2024
Paul-Joel Ingram
Stella, my heart truly grieves with you and your entire family. My deepest and most sincere condolences. I'll be praying for strength and peace during this difficult time for you and your family Stella. I'm sending you a warm hug.
March 07, 2024
Heartfelt condolences to you Stella and your family members on the irreparable loss of your dear son Liam. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Rest in Peace dear Liam.
March 07, 2024
Colleen Simmons
What a beautiful soul. I only met Liam a few times but he stole my heart. He was a friend of my son, Luke, and I was delighted I got to meet him to put a face to his name, at a house art show. His sweetness and kind heart radiated from him like sun on a cloudy day. Every time I met him he was wearing a crazy outfit and yet pulled it off with style. To his family, my heart goes out to you for your incredible loss. I am sure Liam will leave a huge hole in your heart but I pray the good memories will sooth the ragged edge of that hole and his love will comfort the pain.
March 06, 2024
Ann Gorman-McKinney
Our sincerest condolences to you Angelo, and all your family, on the loss of your son Liam. May you find comfort in the hugs, love, support and friendship all around you and may Liam now Rest In Peace. All our love, Ann & Bruce
March 05, 2024
Duane and Monica
We are deeply saddened with this tragic news and hope for brighter days ahead. From our family to yours with much love.
March 05, 2024
Stella and family, so truly sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful son. My condolences to the family and friends of Liam. You are in my prayers.
March 05, 2024
Séamus Hyland
Angelo & Stella & family. My deepest condolences to you on Liam's passing. May he enjoy eternal peace. 🙏
March 05, 2024
Ciara B-R
Angelo, I was so sad to hear this news about Liam. He was always such a kind and gentle person, and I have fond memories of the few Christmases we spent together. Him putting up with a wild bunch of cousins. I am so sorry for your loss and I hope your loving memories of him give you comfort at this time. Thinking of you all. X
March 04, 2024
Sofia Reno
My deepest condolences for you, your family and friends Stella... may the wonderful memories you shared together with Liam soothe your hearts...sending you big hugs full of love ❤️
March 04, 2024
Steve and Linda Hicks
There are no words. This gentle soul will be missed. He was loved.
March 04, 2024
Susan M Short
"To lose a child is to lose a peice of yourself " Some days it will feel like all of you, some days a vague emptiness. Liam was a precious sweet boy/ man . Im glad hes at rest now but sad he is gone too soon. No doubt you have heartwrenching sadness that no more memories to be created , in time those good memories will make you smile and laugh. You were good parents Angelo and Stella., Liams family and close friends .Think of all you did not what you could not prevent, that was beyond your control. Think on the good times and treasure that. My heart goes out to you and your families. Wishing you peace.
March 04, 2024
Katie McCuaig
Stella and your family I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful son. I am here for you Stella and I will for ever be there for you to talk to. Loosing a son to Addictions and Mental Health is a battle as a parent to remain hopeful and supportive in the darkest days.
March 04, 2024
Mark and Geraldine
To Angelo, Stella and family. Our deepest condolences during this difficult time. May you find some comfort knowing that Liam is at peace now, he has given you many beautiful memories and cherished times spent together. Love to you all.
March 04, 2024
Catherine Urbanski
Stella please accept my deepest condolences. Thinking of you and your family in this difficult time. My heart is full of sorrow and sadness. Sending you love and hugs and strength.
March 04, 2024
To Liam’s family: I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I wish you all the strength and comfort possible in the midst of your grief. Liam was truly one of the kindest, sweetest and gentlest individuals I’ve ever known. My heart is broken, but I will still forever be grateful that our paths crossed. RIP Liam, I’ll miss you forever 💗.
March 04, 2024
Chris, John and Nathan Dunn
Stella, Angelo and families we are so sorry for you loss. You are all in our thoughts. May you cherish the love and memories of Liam forever. RIPLiam. 😇