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Marshall High athletics had a dedicated volunteer, friend, coach and mentor

COURTESY: CANTON FAMILY - James 'Pops' Canton, in what was a familiar position for him — patrollng the grounds during a sports event at Marshall High in Southeast Portland.Every high school in Portland could use someone like James "Pops" Canton Sr.

That's why the Marshall community is remembering him so fondly, and why hundreds of people connected to Marshall or Portland prep sports came to celebrate his life Saturday afternoon in the gym where, mostly as a volunteer, he tended to every detail.

"Just a great guy. He did anything and everything you needed," said Steve Walmer, who had Canton as his assistant softball coach for two decades at Marshall, and now coaches at Wilson.

"He became my right-hand man," said former Marshall athletic director Tim Biamont, choked with tears as he spoke at the memorial and tried to explain what Canton meant to him as a friend and colleague.

"A truly iconic individual in Southeast Portland," said Don Elwell, former boys basketball coach at Marshall.



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