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Philip A. Kantor


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Philip A. Kantor

Memphis, tn

Philip Kantor, age 97, died on May 13, 2018. A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 18, at 1 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a children's . Please enjoy his biography on the website of Memorial Park Funeral Home. Born in his family's home on June 18, 1920, in Memphis TN, Dad graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1941 with a B.S. in Engineering and worked for Tennessee Valley Authority as a structural and mechanical engineer building dams for energy and flood control.

At 23, Dad was the youngest Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army during World War II, helping establish the 5th, 8th, 10th and 20th Armored Divisions. Dad married the love of his life, Jacqueline Halperin, at Fort Benning, GA. Having met on a blind date arranged by a cousin just six weeks earlier, Mom and Dad shared 75 years together.

After the war, Dad was a general contractor, civil engineer and developer in Clarksdale, MS and Memphis, TN. He designed and built hundreds of homes, buildings and factories throughout the country.

Mom and Dad were blessed with three children: Hal Kantor, Judith (Roger) Stone, and Linda Goodwin-Parkinson (John); eight grandchildren: Lori (Brian), Jonathan (Axa), Chris (Kim), Eric (Tricia), Hillary (Larry), Ginnifer (Josh), Melissa (Nate), Josi (Daniel); and nine great-grandchildren: Becca, Scarlett, Nick, David, Oliver, Hugo, Graham, Callum, and Griffin. Dad was predeceased by mother, Rose Levinson Kantor, father, Harry David Kantor, his brother, Leon Kantor, sister, Mildred "Dolly" Jeneff, and brother, Bennie Kantor.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on May 17, 2018
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