David Cantwell

David M. Cantwell

1947 - 2020

Recommend David's obituary to your friends
Share Your Memory of

Obituary of David M. Cantwell

David M. Cantwell, 72, of Treadwell, formerly of Walton, passed away on Monday morning, June 29, 2020 at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

Born on August 29, 1947 in Margaretville, David was the son of the late Ralph Martin and Julia Mary (Tirpak) Cantwell.

David was Valedictorian of the class of 1965 at Margaretville Central School, he went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from St. Bonaventure University.  Following his college graduation David proudly served in the US Army from 1970-72, where he served a tour of duty in Vietnam and was honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant.  He then returned home and worked for the NYC DEP board of water supply, retiring 30 years later as a Supervisor of Watershed Maintainers. 

David enjoyed spending time with his best friend and companion Martha Houck. The couple enjoyed traveling, especially to Nova Scotia and spending time with their Standard Poodles, Grimm, Doc and Hank. Martha and David enjoyed spending time with friends often out on a dinner date.   David continued to support his alma mater St. Bonaventure, always cheering on the Bonnies during their basketball seasons.  David enjoyed attending many of his stepdaughters and grandchildren’s athletic events, concerts and award ceremonies over the years.

Besides his parents and Martha, David was predeceased by a sister: Mary Ellen Cantwell.

David is survived by his step-daughters: Jamie Mabery (Walter Meier) and Crystal (Jamie) Houck both of Downsville; grandchildren: Colin and Owen Ambrose, J. Chase Mabery, Kayla and Travis Houck; cousins: Sharon (Ed) Craft, Janice Kelly Skievaski, Larry (Linda) Kelly and Gary (Tony) Smith.

Friends and relatives are invited to call on the family from 6-8PM on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at the MacArthur Funeral Home, 134 Main Street, Delhi.  A graveside service with full military honors will be held at 10AM on Thursday, July 9, at Croton Union Cemetery, Treadwell.  Due to COVID-19 please maintain social distancing and face masked will be required.

Contributions in memory of David may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at www.stjude.org or to Donate Life America at www.donatelife.net/give-to-dla/

Please visit www.macarthurfh.com to share a condolence with David’s family.


Calling Hours

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
MacArthur Funeral Home - Delhi
131 Main Street
Delhi, New York, United States
(607) 746-2171

Graveside Services

10:00 am
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Croton Union Cemetery
4651 Co. Highway 14
Treadwell, New York, United States