Jorge Ayala Canez Obituary – The Arizona Republic

Reverend Jorge Ayala Canez, 75, of Phoenix, AZ, died Aug. 4, 2022, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Jorge was born on June 4, 1947 to Luis and Emilia Canez in Phoenix. He graduated from Carl Hayden High School in 1966. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1967 and served his country as an Airman for over 5 years. He continued his education and graduated from St. Meinrad’s Seminary and Theological School, Indiana in 1979. He was ordained a priest on May 19, 1979 in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. Jorge enlisted in the Air National Guard in 1982 and spent over 16 years as a chaplain and retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1998. Since his priestly ordination in 1979, he has served at Queen of Peace, St. Margaret Parish, Holy Family Parish, St. Edward Parish, and finally, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, where he retired in June 2012. He was a former Council Third Degree Chaplain of the Holy Family #11675 and a Knight of the Fourth Degree with Fr. Joseph T. O’Callahan assembly #2609 with the Knights of Columbus.

Jorge loved his family and was there for everyone at all times. He will be remembered for his annual Christmas decoration exchange party which he hosted for his family and close friends for over 25 years. Jorge had love and passion for music and in his youth he was a founding member and musician of the band “Music Formula”. He loved being a DJ and proudly called himself “Puro Padre”. He was loved by his current and past parishioners and will forever be remembered for playing guitar and singing “Feliz Navidad” at all his Christmas masses. Jorge was full of life and was always on the move. He was a “Techey” before his time and was the king of gadgets. All will remember him for his wonderful sense of humor and for having the kindest heart until the end. He was the best brother, uncle, Nino and friend one could ask for. He will be greatly missed.

Jorge was predeceased by his parents Jose Luis Sr. and Emily A. Canez, brother Louie Jr. and brother-in-law Albert Lopez. He is survived by his brother David (Louella) and his sisters Patricia (Tony), Rosemary (Ernie), Pauline (Andy), Sandra and Maria-‘Poopsie’, and his sister-in-law Lupe, 25 nieces and nephews, 42 great-nieces and nephews and 8 great-great nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at St. Simon and Jude Cathedral 6351 N 27th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85017 on Friday, August 19, 2022, visitation from 9-10 a.m., Rosary at 9:30 a.m. with celebration of Mass at 10:00 a.m. He will be interred at St. Francis Cemetery 2033 N 48th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008,

Donations can be made to the Mohamad Ali Parkinson Center.

Arrangements are being made through Whitney and Murphy Funeral Home.

Posted August 12, 2022

Posted in The Arizona Republic

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Cathedral of St. Simon and Jude 6351 N 27th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85017

August 19, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Memorial Mass

Cathedral of St. Simon and Jude 6351 N 27th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85017

August 19, 2022 at 10:00 AM