Edward J. “Eddie” Cantillon III

April 18, 2022

Edward J. “Eddie” Cantillon III

 

Eddie’s Funeral Mass will also be Live-Streamed Via St. Charles Church

https://www.sccwoburn.org/livestream-mass

 

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to  attend Eddie’s Funeral Mass, Saturday, April 23rd in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 11:30.  There will be a calling hour prior to the Mass in the Funeral Home from 9:30-11:15 a.m.   

Edward J. “Eddie” Cantillon III – January 16th, in Oceanside, CA, formerly of Woburn, peacefully at the age 73, surrounded by his loving family. Loving husband of 48 years to Denise (Morrison) Cantillon. Devoted father of Julie C. Cantillon, PhD, and her husband Greg Clark, Meghan M. Cantillon and her partner Zac Sowle, and Kelli M. Cantillon all of San Diego, CA. Cherished “Papa” of Lily and Grace DeSimone and Wesley and William Clark. Eddie is also lovingly survived by his sister Jean Cantillon of Woburn, and was the brother-in-law of Rev. Don and Rev. Cindy Morrison of IA and Dwayne Morrison and his wife Betsy Hopkins of ME. He is further survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and cousins. Sadly, Eddie was predeceased by two sisters, Marcia and Carol Cantillon, his niece, Kathryn “Kate” Cantillon-White and his parents, Edward “Ned” and Kathryn (Aylward) Cantillon. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to  attend Eddie’s Funeral Mass, Saturday, April 23rd in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 11:30.  There will be a brief calling hour prior to the Mass, in the Funeral Home from 9:30-11:15 a.m.   Remembrances may be made in Eddie’s honor to the MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4470, Houston, TX 77210-4470 to support their glioblastoma research program.

Edward J. “Eddie” Cantillon III, 73, a resident of Woburn for most of his life, passed away at his home in Oceanside, California on Sunday, January 16th, surrounded by his loving family. Eddie had been diagnosed with a devastating brain cancer less than two months ago.

Eddie was a co-owner, along with his sister Jean, of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home in Woburn, a family-owned firm dating back to 1888.  For more than thirty-five years Eddie served local families, working with his father, “Ned” Cantillon, his uncles, Dick and Gus, as well as several cousins and his niece and nephew, Kate and Doug.  Eddie and his wife Denise, who worked alongside him, retired in 2013 to Dalton, New Hampshire, and in 2017 they moved to San Diego to be close to their daughters and their families.

Born and raised in Woburn, he was the son of the late Edward J. “Ned” and Kathryn (Aylward) Cantillon, Jr.  He attended St. Charles School and graduated from Woburn High School with the class of 1967. Eddie continued his education at Bridgton Academy in Maine, and went on to Jamestown College in North Dakota, graduating with the class of 1973. It was there that he met his wife Denise. They married in Jamestown and took up residence in Woburn, where Eddie was working for the school system as a substitute teacher and coach. He went on to teach physical education at the Kennedy Junior High and later in the elementary schools.

When his father expressed an interest in semi-retiring in the late 1970’s, Eddie began attending night school at the New England Institute of Anatomy and Embalming, to join his father in the family business. After becoming licensed as a funeral director, he eventually left teaching in 1985 and went to work at the funeral home full time. He and his sister Jean took over the business after their father died in 1998.  He was a longtime member of the Woburn Rotary Club and the Knights of Columbus, and a communicant of St. Charles Church.

Eddie was an avid outdoorsman who especially loved fly-fishing and fly-tying. He enjoyed several salmon fishing expeditions to the Miramichi River in New Brunswick and many areas of New Hampshire and Maine. More recently he traveled to Bend, Oregon to fish the Deschutes River, and this past October he fulfilled a longtime dream by driving north to Montana and Wyoming on a three week solo fishing trip.

Eddie was fortunate to be able to spend time with his family since moving to California, helping with babysitting, exploring the local area, and enjoying daily walks on the beach.

Eddie will be most remembered for his devotion to his family, his sometimes outrageous sense of humor, his huge heart, and his deeply held faith.

Along with his parents, Ned and Kay, Eddie was preceded in death by his sisters, Marcia and Carol, and his niece Kate.

Surviving, in addition to his beloved wife Denise, are three daughters, Julie Cantillon and her husband Greg Clark of Carmel Valley, CA, Meghan Cantillon and her partner Zac Sowle of Del Mar, CA, and Kelli Cantillon of Carlsbad, CA; four grandchildren, Lily and Grace DeSimone and Wesley and William Clark. He also leaves his sister, Jean Cantillon of Woburn. Eddie was the brother-in-law of Rev. Don and Rev. Cindy Morrison of IA and Dwayne Morrison and his wife Betsy Hopkins of ME. He is further survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and cousins.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to  attend Eddie’s Funeral Mass, Saturday, April 23rd in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 11:30.  There will be a calling hour prior to the Mass in the Funeral Home from 9:30-11:15 a.m.   Remembrances may be made in Eddie’s honor to the MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4470, Houston, TX 77210-4470 to support their glioblastoma research program.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to  attend Eddie’s Funeral Mass, Saturday, April 23rd in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 11:30.  There will be a brief calling hour prior to the Mass, in the Funeral Home from 9:30-11:15 a.m.   Remembrances may be made in Eddie’s honor to the MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4470, Houston, TX 77210-4470 to support their glioblastoma research program.

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  1. Patricia Berardi

    Dear Jean, Denise and Cantillon family,

    Karen, Alan and I were devasted to hear of Ed’s passing. We will never forget how wonderful Ed and Denise were to us when we lost Bennie. Our sincerest thoughts and prayers to you all.
    Pat Berardi

  2. Dear Jean & Cantillion Family,

    My sincerest condolences on the loss of Ed. He was such a kind and gentle man. I will always remember him fondly and as a smiling and familiar face at the funeral home.

    What an absolutely beautiful tribute to Ed. The music and all of the amazing pictures!! He clearly lived life to the fullest and had a tremendous bond with his family. His happiness shines through. May the smile and memories he has left behind comfort you in your time of sorrow. Again, my sincerest condolences for your loss!

  3. Denise and family,
    My belated sympathy and condolences on Eddie’s passing. He always had a smile and probably a wisecrack too but if he was your friend he was there for you always. I know that first hand and Denise also. Rest In Peace, Eddie 🙏💜

  4. I am sorry to hear of Eddie’s passing. Admittedly, I only met home once, when he assisted with my father’s arrangements. Even in those brief encounters, though, his kindness, compassion, and sense of humor were evident. I hope that fond memories are a comfort to all of you.

  5. Randa Chrudimsky-Eldred

    Denise, My sympathies to you with Eddie’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss. Your video was a beautiful tribute to Eddie. May God bless you and comfort you now and always.

  6. The Family of Mary and Bob Jones

    Denise and family our hearts go out to you on the loss of your wonderful Eddie. I always enjoyed every interaction with you and Ed. During our families most difficult Ed made us laugh, he was such a character and we appreciated his humor. The video was beautiful, thank you for sharing a glimpse into Eddie’s life outside of work.
    May your family keep his memories forever in your heart and laugh out loud often as you recall his funny ways. May he Rest In Peace.

  7. Ellen(Coakley) Szetela

    Denise,Jeannie and Family. So sorry for your loss. I am sure Eddie had a warm welcome into Heaven by his family and friends. RIP Eddie

  8. Jean, Doug, and entire Cantillon family
    Tom and I would like to extend our sympathy on Ed’s passing. He was always so kind and welcoming whenever we attended a service. RIP
    Claire Murphy

  9. Charlie Haggerty

    Our deepest condolences to Jean and the entire Cantillon family. I have many happy memories of playing basketball with Eddie and Jimmy Gaffney on Porter Street. He was a great and humble person as are all the Cantillons.

    With our deepest sympathy,
    Charlie and JanHaggerty

  10. Dear Jean and family,
    I’m sorry to learn of Eddie’s passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy and sincere condolences.
    Philip Waldron

  11. Winston Stephanie

    Jean, Douglas and family; I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest condolences to you all. Best, Stephanie Winston

  12. Fregeolle, Killilea and Lowell Families

    Dear Jean and the Cantillon Family,
    We were so sorry to hear about Ed’s passing. Please accept our deepest condolences and know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. William Sullivan

    Denise, Jean and family – We are saddened to hear about Eddie’s untimely death. He was a wonderful friendly man with a great sense of humor. The video shows how much he loved his family. It was beautiful and moving.
    As the video shows he will always be a part of your life and in your hearts.
    He has many waiting for him as he goes to receive his eternal reward for a life well-lived. Eddie and all of you will be in our prayers.
    Mary and Billy Sullivan

  14. Our prayers and best wishes go out to the entire Cantillon family and to all the people whom Eddie’s made smile.
    Jason Galea & Family

  15. Jean Tortorella

    Jean and Family. So Sorry for your Loss. I had Mr Cantillion at the Kennedy Jr High! Great Teacher! When we Lost so Many of our Family Members he was right There very Kind and Caring! Rest In Peace Mr Cantillion 🙏🏼 Sending Love and Prayers to you all

    Jean Tortorella

  16. Margaret McGonigle

    Jean & the whole Lynch-Cantillon family,
    I’ve many fond memories of Eddie over the years. I used to wait on him & the gang at Frannie’s on weekends, or see him outside the funeral home when I went jogging down Main St, always with a big smile on his face. My family has long used Lynch-Cantillon in times of need, and he was always very comforting and able to get us to laugh during the sad times. May he be honored in his passing as he helped countless others in honoring their loved ones.
    -Maggie McGonigle

  17. So sorry to hear of Eddie’s passing. I always enjoyed talking fishing with him and hearing of his latest adventures. He will be missed. Cherish the memories!

  18. Jean O’Connor

    Denise, Jean and Family,
    My family and I are deeply sorry to hear about the death of Eddie. It’s a great loss. He was always so kind to everyone. He will always be in your heart.
    Love and Prayers,
    Jean O’Connor and Family

  19. What an honor it was for us to have the privilege to care for Eddie while he was on Home Health and subsequently hospice. From the conversations that I’ve had with our team, we are truly saddened over his passing. I find comfort in knowing that he was able to be with his loved ones And he is now at peace.

  20. Mary (Roderick) Orr

    Jean and the Cantillon family,

    So sorry to hear of Eddie’s passing. May the wonderful memories you all have bring a smile to your heart during this difficult time. Thoughts and prayers with you all.

    Mary (Roderick) Orr

  21. God Bless You Eddie! It was my Honor to have known you and Played the Pipes for you for many years! You were Very Good to Me! My Condolences to Deniese and all the Cantillon Family. Til we meet again . . .

  22. To Jean and Doug,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear brother and uncle Ed. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very sad time! ❤️🙏❤️

  23. So sorry for your loss. So many happy memories from our childhood! Rest assured we will see him again some day..

  24. Myron and Peggy Masotta

    So sorry to hear about Eddie’s passing. The Cantillon family has always been great friends of the Masotta’s. Rest in Pease Ed.

  25. Jean. so very sad to learn of the passing of your beloved brother Eddie my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your Family, may Eddie rest-rest in peace

  26. ROBERT James Jamieson

    My sincere wish is that you and your family are comforted knowing that Eddie is in a place beyond our imagination! Better by far and awaiting the loved ones who’ll follow him.
    It isn’t easy to realize and deal with the void! The unbelievable void!
    Be strong, have faith, and know that God will care for you!
    Love, Bob Jamieson

  27. I am so very sorry to learn of Eddie’s passing. What a great guy & friend he was. Great times with him going all the way back to the Woburn H.S. hoop team in ’67 !! RIP old friend …

  28. Dot Comer, Eddie Comer III, and Beth Comer Diekmann

    Jean and family – So very sorry to hear of Eddie’s passing. Our deepest sympathy.

  29. Paula & Rick Hawley

    So sad to hear that he had died. Such a happy person. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Rick & Paula Hawley

  30. Hello Jean, I am so saddened to hear that Eddie has passed. It’s awful to lose a brother.
    Eddie was one of the first people I met when I came to Woburn. His kindness knew no bounds. He always had something uplifting to say each morning when I dropped my kids off at the Hurld.
    Hopefully we can get together this summer. Good Bless you Jean.

  31. Louise (Hensiek) Dempsey

    Such sad news to hear. Eddie always had a big smile and warm greeting for me whenever we met. Condolences to Jean and all Eddie’s family.

  32. Jean, Doug and the extended Cantillion family, you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

  33. Charles T Culhane

    Debbie, Jean, & family,

    Always remember laughter, smiles, & memories. We will all miss him. My most heartfelt sympathies for your loss.

    God bless,

    The Culhanes

  34. Eddie Ball Game!! I am grateful for the time we spent together and will always think of him with a smile and love..Cantillon family..I love you and miss you with all my heart!!

    Eddie..Thanks for being you!!

  35. Jean and family,
    So sad to hear of Eddie’s passing. He and my Dad (Pete O’Brien) loved talking fishing! May the good Lord accept him with open arms and watch over his loved ones.
    Sincerely,
    Kathy O’Brien Langhan

  36. Mary Ethel and PatriciaDonerty

    Jean and family,
    so sorry for your loss. Eddie would come to Richmond Park as he and my sister were in the same grade at St. Charles. He was always so happy and enjoyed life at such a young age.

  37. Dear Jean, Doug and all of Eddies family,
    My sincere sympathy to you all on Eddies passing.
    He was so supportive for our family as you have been
    since his retirement. Know that you all are in my prayers and thoughts in your time of need. May he Rest In Peace.

  38. Goodbye, cousin, Eddie, the Patriarch of our family. Our memories with you will last forever and keep you close.
    Love,
    The Matriarch ( Brenda) 🙏☘️💗

  39. Jan Robbins Cox

    Denise, Jean and family, I was very saddened to hear of Eddie’s passing. He was such a welcoming presence in the community which I greatly valued. My sincerest sympathy to all of the Cantillon family.

  40. Jane (Joyce) Lombardo

    Jean & family so sorry to hear about your brother Ed. Thoughts and prayers are with you

  41. John and Jeanne Pecora

    Jean, Denise and family,
    We where shocked to hear of Eddie’s passing.
    Our sincere condolences of your loss of a truly great brother, husband, father,papa and a real funny guy. We go all the way back to St. Charles together. All of the Cantillon family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  42. Jean and family, my deepest sympathies and prayers for God’s abiding peace and comfort. I’m sorry to hear of Eddie’s passing.

  43. Jean ,Doug, Denise and the girls..so shocked and saddened to hear of Eddie’s
    passing. My sincerest condolences to all. Lots of good memories to look back on RIP Eddie.

  44. Dianne Connor Carbone

    Jean Denise Julie Kelli Megan Doug
    So many memories when I think of Eddie, school, beach, those fun times, his humorous remarks. Those difficult times of losses by your family and so many others that you all helped so many of us through. God has a very special place for him. Casting his line into the water, enjoying the times spent fishing with that white Irish skin, trying not to get fried. Many beautiful memories to savor. He is hanging out with quite an amazing group now. Know my love and help are here for you in any way you need.
    Dianne

  45. To Denise, Jean and the entire Cantillon family – sending my deepest sympathy at the passing of Ed. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during the difficult time. Love to all.

  46. Janice & Tom McHugh

    I was very saddened to hear of Ed’s passing. He was always a good friend to Tom and I. Our condolences to the Cantillon family.

  47. Jean and Doug,
    So very sorry to hear of Eddie’s passing .
    There are just no words to explain your losses. Life can be so unfair. My deepest condolences and prayers to you and his entire family and friends.

  48. Ms Cantillon and Doug

    Im sorry to hear of the passing of Eddie

    He was an Awesome Guy and Teacher

    I was very Lucky to have Him and You as teachers

    RIP Mr. Cantillon

    Love – The Curleys

  49. margarette masotta

    words cannot explain how the loss of Ed has affected. So supported to my family in some of our most difficult and many other times. A great loss to his family but also to everyone. A great unselfish man. I am so thankful to have known him Love Margarette Masotta

  50. Denise, Jean and family, We are so sorry to hear of Eddie’s passing. He was such a nice guy and we are happy to have known him personally. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Love, Debbie and Lonnie

  51. Denise and Family and Jean,
    Julie and I are so sorry to hear about Eddie’s passing. He was a great guy. It was always a pleasure to see him and chat about almost anything at anytime. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Peace Ed.

  52. Arlene Curreri Cullen

    There is so much to say yet there are no words. He was helpful to me, my family and friends so many times that I can’t even name them all. Eddie, you were one of the good ones.

  53. Jean and family, so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. He was my high school coach when I was on the Woburn High School boys gymnastics team. He was a fine man.

    Paul Crowley

  54. Maureen Gillis McRae

    Jean and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your heartbreaking loss. My love, prayers, and condolences are being
    sent to all of you.
    All my best
    Maureen Gillis McRae

  55. Suzy Franson Sullivan, Mark Pelletier

    Jean and Family,

    Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your brother Eddie. He was a regular nice guy with such an infectious smile. The care and concern he showed our immediate and extended families over the years was very much appreciated and will be remembered always.

    With our thoughts and prayers,

    Suzy and Mark

  56. Jean and family:
    I am so sorry for the loss of your brother Ed. May you find peace and comfort during this sad time.

  57. Robert H Mc Donough Jr

    Jean and Family; I am so saddened to see the passing of your brother; you all are in my prayers during this very difficult time.

  58. My heart just sank when my sister told me that Eddie had passed. I was just thinking of him the other day! I have known him since we were little kids. He was a great guy! I know he is in heaven right now catching up with my cousin Buzzy. Looks like I am the last of this ‘trio’. RIP Eddie. You will be greatly missed.

  59. Judy Gaffney Balestrieri

    Denise, Jean and family, keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. So sorry to hear of Eddie’s passing.

  60. William E Bolster Jr

    Jean,

    Kay and I are so sorry to hear of Ned’s passing. We will offer Mass Saturday in his memory.

    Bill and Kay Bolster

  61. Dr.. Robert J. Ferullo, Ed.D

    Jean and Family: my condolences with empathy and sympathy are extended to all of you on the passing of Ed. In a way Ed perhaps unknowingly left a legacy to all children who are deaf. It was his mother’s insistence, persistence, and determination to advocate for classes for deaf children in Woburn public schools, one of the first in the Commonwealth. Her successful advocacy continues to be felt in Collaborative education today. Ed: Requiescat cat in pace.

  62. So sorry to hear of your loss Jean, your family has always been great to my family and will always remember the old Woburn ways when we took care of one another and as we say we never forget the kindness and thoughfulness from all of you , my mom talks highly of you all You and your family will always be in our prayers Eunice (masotta)

  63. Karen Blanchard-Mogavero

    So sorry to hear this. Eddie was such an amazing man. So many memories, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  64. What sad news!
    Denise and Jean,

    Ed is with my Dad now, Frenchy, tying flies.
    Peace be with you and your family.

    With love,
    Rene and Joe

  65. Jean and Family,
    So sorry to hear this sad news about Eddie. I looked twice, he looks a lot like your Dad! Its the Cantillon look!
    Please know I will keep him and your family in my prayers.
    Nancy

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