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Joan Canton, a SWAG co-founder, dies from cancer at age 79.


Canton, 79, died Saturday from cancer in Lake Worth.
A video presentation will honor Canton from 4-6 p.m. Friday at Forest Meadows Funeral Home at 725 NW 23rd Ave., said Joi Canton, one of Canton’s daughters. A graveside service is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at Forest Meadows Cemetery, 4100 NW 39th Ave.
She will be cremated and join her deceased husband, Alric Orlando Canton, in one grave so that they are always together, Joi Canton said.
Joan Canton, namesake of a playground in the SWAG area, who co-founded the organization with Dorothy Benson, Alison Law, Dr. Nancy Hardt and others, was instrumental in developing a plan to help neighborhoods along Southwest 20th and 24th avenues where residents live with disparities in education, health, income and opportunity.

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