Edgar Antoine Cantrelle, Jr. passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, surrounded by family and friends after a long battle with illness.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until funeral time Saturday at St. Hilary of Poitiers Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian burial will be at noon Saturday at the church, with burial in the church cemetery.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 65 years, Vera Madeline Weber Cantrelle; daughters, Jacqueline A. Englade and Christine A. McDonnell; his adorable grandchildren, Erica, Danny, Cody, Dustin and Amber; and his five great-grandchildren.
Edgar A. Cantrelle Jr. was born Aug. 26, 1927, in Galveston, Texas. He moved with his family to Cut Off in 1930. Ed, as all knew him, is the third of five siblings, Mary Lou Benson, the late Wilma B. Tsangaris, Betty C. Hyden and Nancy C. Rodriguez. He is preceded in death by his parents, Edgar Antoine Cantrelle Sr. and Aline Plaisance Cantrelle.
In 1945, Ed joined the U. S. Navy and travelled to many places in the United States and its territories serving our country.
On May 7, 1947, Ed met the love of his life, Vera Madeline Weber, and after a short courtship, they married Feb. 14, 1948. After 65 years, Vera remains his loving wife.
In the same year, Ed began working for South Central Bell where he continued for 40 years. After multiple transfers with the company, he finally made it back to his beloved Lafourche Parish in 1977.
Ed was a long-standing member of the Knights of Columbus and served as Grand Knight, Knight of the Year and was a distinguished member of the Fourth Degree. He was a member of the Jaycees and an active member of St. Hilary Parish where he served as a Eucharistic minister for 36 years. He likewise relished (and took very seriously) making cotton candy at the annual La Vie La Fourchaise. He enjoyed volunteering for various events throughout the year including the Tootsie Roll Drive every fall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the
Samart-Mothe Funeral Home in Raceland is in charge of arrangements.