Geraldine M. “Gerry” (Garvey) Cantillon

May 11, 2018

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Geraldine M. “Gerry” (Garvey) Cantillon

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Geraldine M. “Gerry” (Garvey) Cantillon- in Woburn, May 11th. Beloved wife of the late William F.X. “Gus” Cantillon. Devoted mother of Geraldine “Jaye” M. Grullemans and her husband Winslow “Cro” of Orleans, William F. “Whitey” Cantillon, Jr. and his wife Wendy of Methuen, Paul E. “Rusty” Cantillon and his wife Donna of Woburn, Philip A. Cantillon and his wife Cathy of Cohasset, and Jane Cantillon-Pimental and her husband Jimmy of Woburn. Loving sister of Mary Doucette of Winchester and the late Austin, Paul, Ralph, Robert, Eileen, Jeanne, Dorothy, Marion and Ruth. Cherished “Grammie” of Melissa and Ashley Grullemans, her husband Thomas Kershaw, Emily Cantillon, Caroline Morin, her husband Jeff, Paul, Andrew and Patrick Cantillon and Great-grandmother “Gigi”  of Cole, Finn, Mackenzie and Eleanor. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and nephews.  A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, May 16th at 10 a.m followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 11:00 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Funeral Home, Tuesday evening, May 15th from 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Gerry’s honor to St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801 or to VNA Hospice and Palliative Care, 100 Sylvan Rd Ste G500, Woburn, MA 01801. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

 

Geraldine  M. “Gerry” (Garvey) Cantillon, 93,  passed away at her home early Friday morning, May 11th surrounded by her beloved family.  Gerry was the cherished  wife of the late William F. X. “Gus” Cantillon for fifty seven years and the lovingly devoted mother to her five children; Jaye Grullemans, William  F. “Whitey,” Paul E. “Rusty,” Philip A., Cantillon and Jane Cantillon-Pimental. 

Born in Woburn, she was a daughter of the late Austin and Eileen (Riley) Garvey.  One of eleven children, Gerry was raised and educated in Woburn, graduating from Woburn High School with the Class of 1942.

After high school Gerry secured herself a position at John Hancock as a secretary. In the mid forties, her sister Jeanne and husband Mike, introduced Gerry to a fine young gentleman, “Gus” Cantillon.  In 1948 they married, and dedicated themselves to each other and their five children over fifty seven years together.

 Gerry was a stay at home Mom where she loved, encouraged, nursed and nurtured every one of her five children.  When the children became of school age, she was actively involved in ALL their academic and sporting activities.  From the baseball fields to track, over to the basketball courts, Gerry was there, present and an active participant on the side lines and bleachers.  Through the elementary, high school and college years, Gerry and Gus were there cheering them on, continuing to follow Woburn High School sports right into the new millennium plus.

Seabrook was the destination, every summer for the Cantillon family, where they would join all of their extended family; this tradition began in the fifties and continues through present days.  Cookouts, volleyball and all the fun in the sun activities were times that were never missed and certainly cherished by all.

Upon becoming “Grammie” Gerry was oh so proud of each one of her grandchildren, sharing very special relationships with each as individual’s and collectively as a wonderful family group.   Grammie also continued her “spot on spirit” of being involved in all of their activities throughout the years.

Over all these precious years, Gerry dedicated herself to family.  Truly a woman of great faith, devout in her religion, she remained fiercely independent and strong right up to several days ago.  All throughout her lifetime Gerry was always present, to her own family,  and to relatives and friends sharing whatever it was that needed her attention; gracefully, willingly and always with love. 

Sadly, Gerry has been predeceased by her husband Gus Cantillon along with her siblings Austin, Paul, Ralph, Robert, Eileen, Jeanne, Dorothy, Marion and Ruth.

Gerry is lovingly survived by her dear children Geraldine “Jaye ” M. Grullemans and her husband Winslow “Cro” of Orleans, William F. “Whitey” Cantillon, Jr. and his wife Wendy of Methuen, Paul E. “Rusty” Cantillon and his wife Donna of Woburn, Philip A. Cantillon and his wife Cathy of Cohasset, and Jane Cantillon-Pimental and her husband Jimmy of Woburn. Loving sister of Mary Doucette of Winchester. Cherished “Grammie” of Melissa and Ashley Grullemans, her husband Thomas Kershaw, Emily Cantillon, Caroline Morin, her husband Jeff, Paul, Andrew and Patrick Cantillon and Great-grandmother “Gigi”  of Cole, Finn, Mackenzie and Eleanor. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and nephews.  

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, May 16th at 10 a.m followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 11:00 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Funeral Home, Tuesday evening, May 15th from 4 to 8 p.m.  Remembrances may be made in Gerry’s honor to St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801 or to VNA Hospice and Pallative Care, 100 Sylvan Rd Ste G500, Woburn, MA 01801. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

 A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, May 16th at 10 a.m followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 11:00 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Funeral Home, Tuesday evening, May 15th from 4 to 8 p.m.  Remembrances may be made in Gerry’s honor to St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801 or to VNA Hospice and Palliative Care, 100 Sylvan Rd Ste G500, Woburn, MA 01801. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

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  1. Dear Paul,

    I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I hope the special memories you shared with her help you through this difficult time. My thoughts are with you.

  2. Bill & Tita Crawford

    Jane & Jimmy

    Hearing about your loss has deeply saddened us but we know that this is far from what you are going through right now. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family.

  3. Paul Cantillon Jr.

    I don’t know why but I felt the need to leave this here:
    I can’t say enough about this amazing woman we lost on Friday. She lived a good, long 93 years and passed at home surrounded by family. She always spoke her mind (whether we wanted to hear it or not) and stayed sharp right up to the end.

    We’ll never forget you, Grammie. Happy Mother’s Day to the best grandmother anyone could ask for.

  4. charles culhane

    Cantillon family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    Charlie & Sandy Culhane

  5. Jane and Siblings,

    I am sorry to hear about your loss of your mother (as Jane would say, Gerry). From the first time I met your mom, when my friendship began with Jane at UML/University of Lowell in the early 1980’s through last time I saw her in late February this year, she always treated me more than just Jane’s friend. Her kindness, assertiveness in our discussions (being an engineer, I had to google the definition to make sure it applied) and hospitality I always felt welcomed. She will be missed in Woburn and throughout but is now resting peacefully with Gus.

    God bless each of you during these trying times.

    John Mullin

  6. Paul and Donna,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you both, and your entire family at this time.

    Gerry such a beautiful soul, always kind and quick to smile when I would see her. She will be missed, but never forgotten.

    Kellee

  7. Alicia Forest (Lisa Crotty)

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your wonderful mom. Sending love and prayers during this difficult time.

  8. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to family and friends. May all of your good memories be greater than your sadness during this difficult time. (Isaiah 25:8)

  9. Jane & Jimmy,

    We are so sorry for your loss. May the many memories, dinners, & fun times you all shared together help ease this difficult time.

    You both and your entire family are in our thoughts & prayers.

    With sympathy,

    Tim, Lee, Will & Casey.

  10. Cindy Forester

    Paul & Family, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless.

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