Thomas E. Cantwell, 85, passed away December 4, 2010 after a short illness. Tom was born in the Bronx on August 31, 1925 to the late Thomas and Anna (Davies) Cantwell.
Tom enlisted in the United States Coast Guard on August 30, 1943. After completing amphibious training he went aboard the USS Bayfield APA 33 and was assigned to LCVP #20. He was involved in the transport of US Marines on to Red Beach, Iwo Jima on D-Day. Along with fellow crew members he returned the wounded to the ship and then continued the mission of Marine and supply transport. After Iwo Jima, he was involved in a mission that transported the US Army to Okinawa prior to invasion. Upon discharge from the Coast Guard on May 10, 1946, Tom was hired by the New Haven Railroad. He worked in several stations throughout Westchester as a Ticket Agent. In the mid 70′s he was manager of Grand Central Terminal. After 40 years of service he retired in 1988 from Metro North as the Station Manager in Stamford, CT.
On August 14, 1949 Tom married Virginia A. Bruno, whose parents owned the famous Larchmont Tavern. Together they raised two daughters, Kathleen and Patricia. He was predeceased by Virginia in 1988. He married Jeanne Eschbach Welsh on December 29,1989. Tom was happy spending time visiting his out of state daughters and with his step-family while at home in New York. He looked forward to each winter at his home in Boynton Beach, Florida with Jeanne.
Tom was an active member of many organizations and clubs. He was past Supreme President of the Supreme Anchor Club of America, Inc., a member of the American Legion Post 347 in Larchmont for 64 years, the VFW, the DAV, USCG Combat Veteran’s Association, the USS Bayfield Veteran’s Group , the Elk’s , and the Knights of Columbus 3rd & 4th Degree. He was devout parishioner of St. Augustine’s Church in Larchmont and St. Mark’s Church in Boynton Beach, Fl.
Tom is survived by Jeanne, his loving wife of 21 years, his two daughters, Kathleen (Dominick) Rinaldi of Ballston Spa, NY, Patricia (Gary) Jeffcott of North Canton, Ohio, five step-children Michael (Kathy) Welsh of New Rochelle, Tara (Jerry) Ronan of Yonkers, John Welsh of Palm Harbor, Florida, Robert (Linda) Welsh of Mamaroneck, Brian (Lynda) Welsh of Mamaroneck and eleven grandchildren Heather Morse, Tracy and Thomas Jeffcott, Samantha and Billy (Rebekah) Spano, Kelli, Kasey, and Jerry Ronan, Jack, Joseph, and Kaitlyn Welsh. In addition to his parents and first wife, Tom was predeceased by his sister, Anne Gay, and his step-daughter Erin Welsh Spano.
Visitation Thursday, December 9 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at COXE & GRAZIANO FUENRAL HOME,767 E. Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck, 914-698-5968. Funeral Mass Friday, December 10 at 11 am at St. Augustine’s Church, followed by interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.