James F. Cantlon (February 14, 2015)
Please note: Sunday Morning, June 14, 2020, Remembrance Service at 50th Reunion.
We will honor departed members of the Class of 1970 at a Remembrance Service on Sunday morning, June 14, 2020, during our 50th Reunion. The service will be led by led by our classmate Rev. Chris Bryan. We hope you will plan to attend.
James Francis “Jim” Cantlon passed away at age 67 on Valentine’s Day after a rough fight with lung cancer and COPD. He died at home in Hospice Care. ng cancer and COPD. He died at home in Hospice Care.
Jim was born in San Francisco and raised in Reno, Nevada as part of a large and close extended family, the son of Edwin and Kathryn Cantlon. He attended the Cate School in Carpinteria, California and did a year at Kelly College, Tavistock, Devon, England as part of the English Speaking Union exchange program which began his enduring love of England. When he returned to the US, he attended Williams College, where he was very involved in the backstage operations of the theatre program. After college, Jim joined the Navy and flew as the navigator in jets off the USS Saratoga. He also worked as an air traffic controller for a time, but left to become part of the hospitality industry working for Omni in Norfolk, Virginia where he held numerous, varied jobs such as food and beverage purchaser, front desk operations, and payroll. During this period he met his future partner, Bill Steele, who was working in hotel catering sales and began their life-long partnership.
In 1989, he moved with Bill to New Hampshire to manage the Horse and Hound Inn in Franconia. Eventually they purchased the Inn, fulfilled their dream to have their own inn and ran it successfully for 20 years with lots of help from their friends and Bill’s mother, Flossie. Jim, the business side of their successful partnership, was very organized, wore many hats from reservation/front desk management, inventory/supplies management and purchasing to computerizing the business. As one friend said, “you could always count on Jim to take care of you and to get things done.” Bill was the creative side, chef, baker, decorator and they complemented each other well and made the inn a special place where people came for apres-ski libations, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, holidays or any kind of celebration. Popular with the local community as well as skiers from Cannon Mountain and regular guests, the Hoof and Woof became an integral part of the social fabric.
In 2010 Jim and Bill sold the inn and moved across town with Flossie and spent much of their time planning and going on cruises to places they always wanted to visit. Jim is survived by his sister and brother-in-law Mary Ellen (Meckle) and Jim Elston of South Bristol ME, his sister-in-law Kathy Steele Akins of Burlington NC, his brother-in-law and sister-in-law George Raymond and Cheryl Steele of Zephyrhills, Florida and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.
Jim was predeceased by his spouse of 4 years and partner of 37 years, James William “Bill” Steele and by his mother-in-law Flossie Mae Steele. (Littleton Courier, date unknown)