Jeffrey S. Kantor
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DUNBARTON - Jeffrey S. Kantor, of Dunbarton since 1995, was born in New York City July 15, 1943, and died peacefully on July 29, 2015, after a courageous battle with prostate cancer, surrounded by his loving family. During his life, Jeff lived in the Bronx, N.Y., and Dumont, N.J., moving to New Hampshire in 1961 to attend New England College in Henniker. Midway through college, Jeff enlisted in the U.S. Army Security Agency, spending three years in Germany and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant. He returned to New Hampshire to complete his college degree, forging lifelong friendships.After college, Jeff worked in Boston for a short time before returning to New Hampshire to start up an automobile recycling business in Manchester with his college roommate. In 1977 he became sole owner of Murray's Auto Parts and in 1979 purchased Simano Auto Salvage in Candia which later became Car World Used Auto Parts. He became active in the industry on a national basis, holding many leadership positions and heading up many committees. He was recently awarded the U.S. EPA Lifetime Achievement Award for 40 years of service, aligning government and industry. He worked passionately as the president of the New Hampshire Auto and Truck Recyclers Association for over 20 years.As a longtime member of the New Hampshire Prostate Cancer Coalition, he was instrumental in raising awareness and money for research and education. In acknowledgment of Jeff's dedicated efforts, a fund was established in his name, The Jeffrey S. Kantor Research Fund, at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth, and $10,000 has already been donated.Jeff was instrumental in starting the Manchester East Soccer League and was the fundraising chairman, helping to build the fields and installing lighting. He coached the Central, West and Memorial ski teams as a volunteer when funding was suspended by the city.Jeff was an avid Patriots and Red Sox fan, enjoying "Patriots Sundays" with dear friends. His passions were skiing, boating and hiking with his wife, kids and grandchildren.He is survived by his beloved wife, Evelyn, of 28 years; three children, Crissy Kantor, Matthew Kantor and Debra Kantor Blahitka and husband Steven; and his only sister, Henni Kessler, and her husband, John, of Palm Beach, Fla. His six grandchildren include Sawyer Phaneuf, Dante Brown, Myles and Madison Kantor, Maikayla Desjardins and Maive Blahitka.Jeff will be fondly remembered for his eagerness to "micro manage" anyone and everyone, his profound kindness and generosity, endless energy, constant optimism and sense of humor. His business skills were both stellar and cavalier and his good natured personality was a treasured asset. His generosity and eagerness to help everyone touched many. It was a privilege to have had him as a husband, father and friend.


SERVICES: Calling hours will be Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Phaneuf Funeral Home, 243 Hanover St., Manchester, NH 03104. A celebration of life will be Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 11:30 a.m., at the Executive Court Banquet Facilities, 1199 South Mammoth Road, Manchester, NH 03109.The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New Hampshire Prostate Cancer Coalition at, or to Chill Cares Inc. at share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit

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Published in Union Leader on Aug. 2, 2015.
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September 11, 2017
Jeff has been in my thoughts over the years sometimes on a daily basis. Jeff gave me my first real job in 1978 when I landed in NH at the age of 18. I had no tools and he handed me a $100 bill and told me to go to Sears and buy these tools. When I broke my front tooth at work and had no dental insurance he sent me to a dentist in Manchester and paid to have it fixed. I was at his new house the day the well drillers drop an explosive charge down the well to try and increase the amount of water. His generosity, sincerity, compassion, and sense of humor will always remain profound in my heart. God bless. John Swenson
March 22, 2016
To Jeff's family my heart goes out to you all. I work for Jeff in the late 70's at the circle and found Jeff to be a kind heart felt man. I continued to do business with him at Car World which he was very proud of his state of the art yard. We have all lost something when Jeff passed. He . was a good ma and I miss him.
Bruce Pierce
March 12, 2016
Ev, Our hearts are filled with sadness today as we learned of Jeff's passing. We sincerely hope your event was a huge success today. Jeff's smile, sense of humor and gregarious laugh will always be remembered. XO
Pete & Michelle Jukoski
March 11, 2016
Evelyn and the entire family....

It is with such sadness that I just learned of Jeff's Passing Janice and I had such fun out on the Bay with both of you in recent years. He had incredible determination to beat it...and became so involved in the cause for the betterment of others. His Legacy will carry on forever. If there is anything we can do for you please do not hesitate to call.

Tom and Janice Griffith
Greenland NH
August 31, 2015
Our sincere and deepest sympathy to the Kantor family. After many years of doing business together, we can say the world has lost a great man. Your legacy will live on.
Redmans Automotive
August 24, 2015
Thoughts and prayers to the family! Jeff was a great person and will be missed by the industry! Julie Stahly, Director of Publishing, Recyclers POWER SOURCE
Julie Stahly
August 12, 2015
the world lost one of the best god be with you my freined
don martin
August 12, 2015
to all the kanters jeff was the very best matt you know how close your dad and iwas the world lost the very best
don martin
August 12, 2015
Jeff brought the auto recycling business to a new level, not only for himself, but for auto recyclers all over the country. His leadership earned auto recyclers respect from regulators and legislators far and wide. He was one of a kind and he is missed by all. We offer our heart felt condolences to his family.
Bruce Crawford
August 10, 2015
My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all of Jeff's family and friends.
As a teacher at Moore School, I knew Jeff when I brought my 8th grade students over to Car World to take a tour of their state-of-the-art recycling program. Jeff was so animated and informative as he talked with all my students about the fine details of recycling every car part - solid, liquid, gas. He was so energetic and full of life. That is how we will remember him.
Judi Lindsey
August 9, 2015
My sincerest and deepest sympathy to your friends and family during this very difficult time. Over the years we had heard what a wonderful, kind, and caring man Jeff was through his mother-in-law, Irene. Jeff did so many wonderful things and was a very good business owner who had an outstanding reputation in the community over the years.
August 8, 2015
I just learned of Jeff's passing - my God felt condolences to you Evelyn and your Family. You are all in my prayers. Jeff was a real gift from God, and I am thankful for meeting him Evelyn. If there is anything I and do please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Linda Lalancette
August 8, 2015
Sending our deepest sympathy to Crissy and Dante during this difficult time. Bill & Deb Croteau
Deb Croteau
August 6, 2015
I remember Jeff from
Dumont High with his dark hair and very wonderful smile. He seemed quiet and shy then, but what wonderful things he's done since that beginning. He was certainly someone you would remember and like.
Lynne Telfer-Tuzik
August 6, 2015
Ev, Crissy and family, Jeff was an all around great guy, full of humor, wit and kindness. My deepest condolences on his passing.
Lisa Hirsh
August 5, 2015
Our deepest condolences to the Kantor family from all of us at Autoshop Services and Second Car Center....
Mark and Marie Lovski
August 5, 2015
You were definitely one of the last few "good ones" and your friendship was very much appreciated. ARA and Staff wish to send Evelyn and family their heartfelt condolences and sympathy. May God bless you and keep you in His care at this difficult time and always.
Maria Miller
August 5, 2015
Jeff was an a close friend, a boss, a teacher, a father-like figure, an inspiration and a mentor. He helped me be a better person in this world.

Thank you, Jeff for everything you have given me in life, as well as being a part of it. You meant more to me than you'll ever know.
August 5, 2015
Our Prayers are with Matt and the entire Kantor Family , Gods speed our dear friend .
Bob and Heidi Jordan
August 5, 2015
Heidi and I are saddened to hear of Jeffs passing . He was a valued friend and business associate , Our prayers are with the whole Canter Family , Gods speed my friend !
Bob and Heidi Jordan
August 5, 2015
Crissy, I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
August 5, 2015
Our deepest sympathies to your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Vis and Christine Tsourvakas
August 5, 2015
We are so sorry and shocked to realize that Jeffrey Kantor is no longer with us. We wish to extend to the entire Kantor family our expression of sympathy. A forty years of friendship and business relationship is gone. Jeffrey's high ethical standards and staunch business principles will be long remembered. His loss will be sorely felt
Michael & Doris Sorel
August 5, 2015
I worked for Jeff many years ago when he owned Murray's Auto Salvage in Manchester. He was a great boss & Friend. I am very sorry to hear that a good man like Jeff has passed. He will be missed by all!! Rest in piece Jeff.
Fred Hebert
Fred Hebert
August 4, 2015
My condolences to the family and the automotive recycling industry. Jeff was very respected and will certainly be missed by many. During my 30 years with The Locator, I enjoyed many visits with Jeff at conventions. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Charis Lloyd
August 4, 2015
Dear Eve
Mark and I are saddened to learn of Jeff's passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy as our thoughts are with you Eve and the whole family.
Ginny and Mark Knoettner
August 4, 2015
I've only met Jeff a few times, but he was nice and caring and loving of his grandchildren. He took my son along with Mykes & Maddison to Car World and they had a great time there. My thoughts are with his family
Missy Rosenberg
August 4, 2015
How very sad. My heart goes out to you and your family Evelyn.Jeff was always one of my most favourite persons in the recycling family and I had always felt most welcomed by you both.
And ,let it be known that he really showed me how to ski in Breckenridge a few years ago.
Truely, a loss of a wonderful person.
Ed Mac Donald
Edward MacDonald
August 4, 2015

Your father was "one of the great ones"! My thoughts are with you and your family. xoxo
Sarah Gilman
August 4, 2015
I had met Jeff through various NEC alumni activities and his sincere generosity, love and support could be felt was immediate. My sympathies for your loss. May you find comfort and warmth at this difficult time. May Jeff RIP.
Al Sewell
August 4, 2015
50 years ago we met. Can't believe the changes we've seen and from your eyes - all good. Now you make me remember all our the times of these years and I can't remember one that didn't include smiles and laughs. You left a trail, goodbye my friend.
Scott Lathrop
August 4, 2015
I have fond memories of Jeff taking my kids on dinghy rides under the state pier in Portsmouth at low tide and stopping by the office occasionally just to say hi.
Jeff was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Wells Family
August 4, 2015
Evelyn,Every time I saw Jeff we would kid how tall he was with his new hips, our thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time, Jeff was a great guy, we will pray for you.
Mark & Lucy Thompson
August 3, 2015
I an so sorry for your loss, Jeff was a great guy and I remember him fondly.
May your memories bring you comfort.

Michael Sabbarese NEC 1965
August 3, 2015
Jeff thank you for all you did for me you were a great man friend and boss and hope you rest in
peace loved you and will miss you to the family my prayes and thoughts are with you amen
August 3, 2015
Have many fond memories of time spent together in ARA over years
Tom Hankamp ARA Past Pres
Thomas Hankamp
August 3, 2015
My deepest sympathies for your loss.I had the pleasure of meeting your father many years ago. May God give you the strength to get through this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Georgia Tzimopoulos
August 3, 2015
Ev, Everyone who knew Jeff loved him. I,m in Florida and can not come up for the service, but my prayers and thoughts are with you and the family.
I have nothing but great loving thoughts of Jeff. I remember watching him and Myles snow skiing when Myles was only 3. Also, Jeff being at Myles Basketball games and other games when he was up to it. He was quite a man and will be greatly missed by all who knew him

Gail sanderson
Gail Sanderson
August 3, 2015
David and I send our love to you, my Polish friend...Jeff was the best....we are so sorry for your great loss...
August 3, 2015
Evelyn, Crissy, Matt & Debbie, As you know your Husband/Dad was truly AWESOME. He had the ability to make everyone get involved and make you be the best that you could be. He got things DONE. Thank you for all the great memories. Every time I ski I will make some runs for you Jeff. Love you all and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

-Ross Boisvert
August 3, 2015
jeff was a real friend and I will miss him every time I am at the auction make sure they do it well up there
August 3, 2015
Dear Evelyn, Chrissy & family,
Steve and I are saddened by your loss. Please accept our sincere heartfelt sympathies. He will live forever in your hearts.
Kash & Steve Zorawowicz
August 3, 2015
Evelyn,so sorry for your loss. He was a good man and always a good friend to me in our times with ARA. I will always remember the times with him and you and his willingness to share his knowledge and friendship.
Linda Pitman
August 3, 2015
Jeff was the most caring, compassionate guy around. He was always there wth a smile & a funny story. Even though he knew the odds were stacked against him his strength was astonishing. Fly high, my friend.
K Gagne
August 3, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Wonerful memories of days at NEC.
Rick and Betty Norton
August 3, 2015
Having just returned to Israel 32 years after traveling there with the Kantor family, I was thinking of all of you. Jeff was a fine person and will be missed. My thoughts are with Evelyn, Crissy and all, Judy Clayman
August 3, 2015
Crissy, I am so sorry for your loss. My love, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Janet Rosoff
August 3, 2015
Jeff- I am so sad to hear this news. You had such a big heart. I always admired your drive and enthusiasm for the NHPCC and I always enjoyed working with you. My best to your family at this difficult time. Rest easy, my friend. ~Jay
Jay Coffey
August 3, 2015
Evelyn, we are so sorry for your loss and want you to know that our thoughts are with you. Jeff was a good soul and will live forever in many hearts.
Love, Mike and Helene Sullivan - Parrish, Florida
August 3, 2015
Mr. Kantor was truly a giving man. He treated his employees with respect and dignity. He also supported Boy Scouts of America Troop 120 of Candia he helped supply our troop with a 14 foot trailer to house all of our troop equipment and supplies. He is by far the most caring person I know. Mr. Kantor has provided me with many fond memories of employment and also many weeks of High Adventure trips with Troop 120 of Candia. Our thoughts and prayers to the family. Bob, Lisa and Jaymin Martel.
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