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Doris D. Cantwell

October 24, 2020

Doris D. CantwellDoris D. Cantwell, 96, of Clayton passed away peacefully at her home Saturday, October 24, 2020.

Doris was born in Gouverneur, daughter of Forest and Jennie E. Reddick Denesha. She attended grammar schools in Watertown and Depauville and graduated from Clayton Central School. On April 16, 1942 she married Robert W. Cantwell at St. Mary's Church, Clayton with Rev. George E. Racette officiating.

During World War II, she supported the war effort as an enemy plane lookout at the top of the Clayton Opera House. With her husband, Doris farmed at the family farm, Cantwell Farms, Clayton. In 1965 they were co-owners of the Cantwell Pier 65 and retired in 1988.

She was a communicant of St. Mary's Church and an auxiliary member of the Knights of Columbus Council 350. She was a member of the Clayton American Legion Colon-Couch Post 821 Auxiliary and served on the Board of the Town of Clayton Recreational Park. Doris was a member of the Antique Boat Museum, Clayton Chamber of Commerce and was active in the Boy and Girls Scouts. She was active with the American Red Cross who sponsored for many years the Fresh Air children from NYC and she was a foster parent to many Jefferson County children and Hungarian refugees. Doris enjoyed gardening, boating, spending time at her cottage on Picton Island, sewing, knitting, and her family's history.

She is survived by her two sons and their wives, Robert W. (Donna) Cantwell, Jr. and Kelly P. (Sharon) Cantwell, all of Clayton; three daughters and their husbands, Lorraine E. (Kenneth E.) Rogers, Clayton, Linda E. (James) Wolfe, Clayton and FL, and Louise E. (Thomas) Kelsey, Clay; daughter-in-law Cheryl A. Cantwell, Rush; 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; sister Marjorie E. Youngs, Samaritan Summit Village, Watertown; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Doris was predeceased by her husband, Robert W. Cantwell, Sr., who passed on September 5, 2004, son, John J. Cantwell, who passed on December 8, 2003, great-granddaughter Brianna Kelsey, brother Glyndon F. "Soapy" Denesha, and two sisters, Grace D. Nims and Bertha L. Marsh.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, November 7, at 1:00 PM at St. Lawrence Cemetery, town of Cape Vincent with Deacon Gary Frank presiding. There are no calling hours or funeral service. Masks and social distancing are required for attendance at the graveside service. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers donations in Doris' name may be made to either the Clayton Food Pantry, c/o St. Mary's Church, 521 James St., Clayton, NY 13624 or Jefferson County Suicide Prevention Coalition, 175 Arsenal St., 5th Floor, Watertown, NY 13601.


#16 Linda LaLonde 2020-11-02 13:58
My condolences to all the family. May you find peace by reminiscing about the many family stories.
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#15 Tom and Dorothy Fitz 2020-11-02 13:41
So sorry to hear of Doris’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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#14 David and Lynette 2020-10-29 09:55
Kelly and Family, Our condolences and sympathies go out to you and your family for the loss of your mom.
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#13 Yvette Reome 2020-10-29 09:06
So very sorry to hear of Doris's passing. She was one of the sweetest and spunkiest gals that I have ever known. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
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#12 Lance and Karla 2020-10-28 17:50
Prayers and sympathy to the Cantwell family, what a wonderful gal Doris was. Always smiling, how lucky you all were to share these years with her. You all are in our thoughts
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#11 Andrew Bazinet 2020-10-28 17:48
Wishing the Cantwell family and Clayton community strength during this time. She will be missed. RIP.
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#10 Pat Wolfe 2020-10-28 16:35
My sincere condolences to the Cantwell family.
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#9 Laura Reff 2020-10-28 12:20
Our families were both so fortunate to have our moms so long! They both lead great lives taking care of their families and being a part of the community. We will miss Doris also and keep you all in our hearts during your time of loss.
Sincerely, For the Bogenschutz family
Laura Reff and family
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#8 Valerie Pete Schwalm 2020-10-27 22:43
My deepest sympathy to the Cantwell family/ Louise, you are in my thoughts and prayers,
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#7 Pat and Pete Ledoux 2020-10-27 08:56
Bob, Donna, Amy, Bobby and all the Cantwell family, Pete and I are very sorry for your loss.
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