EMILIO EJ CANTOU October 22, 1922 - January 12, 2014 On a quiet and sunny Sunday morning, our father peacefully passed away with his family by his side. Today marks the 6 month anniversary of his passing. On behalf of his family, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all who attended our father's funeral mass and interment at Santa Fe National Cemetery. We would also like to thank our relatives and friends who came in from out of town and out of state to be with us during this time. We would like to thank Fr. Daniel Gutierrez, Associate Rector, Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, as well as the Ministries for the Cathedral for the beautiful service they conducted. We would also like to thank Fr. George Salazar for conducting Dad's interment service, as well as the Army Honor Guard and VFW Honor Guard for the flag ceremony and gun salute. Thank you to Dad's pallbearers Mathieu Clarke, Dad's grandson, and John Rodriguez, Dad's godson. Also, a special thank you to Mathieu for his grandfather's eulogy. Thank you to our parents' family friends Marie and Mariano Chavez, Isabel and George Baca, Gracie and Gilbert Montoya for providing the food and refreshments after the ceremony, as well as Eva Baca and Gil Anaya. Their assistance and support helped my mother greatly. Thank you to the staff of Beehive Homes who took care of Dad while he was on hospice. In addition, we would like to thank Dr. William Leeson, Dad's primary physician, for taking care of Dad over the course of several years. Thank you to Berardinelli Family Funeral Service for all their help and support with the funeral arrangements. Dad and Bobby Berardinelli were childhood friends, so it meant a lot to us that Rick Berardinelli took care of Dad and our family during this time. Dad is now at rest at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Our hope is that he has reconnected in spirit with his grandparents, parents, sister and brothers, as well as his beloved comrades and fellow soldiers, Nathan Tillett and Alejandro Esparza, who were killed in action during the allied campaigns in Europe. We know he is at peace, just as if he was fishing the Holy Ghost in Pecos Valley. Day is done, gone the sun All is well, safely rest Friend, goodnight Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on July 12, 2014