Dan Cantor, big time player in the New York politics scene, is profiled in today’s issue of the paper of record.
The 90th Anniversary of the Israel Cantor Family Society was held at Kutsher’s Country Club, in Monticello, New York on June 27 to June 29, 2003.
Over eighty family members attended from all over the United States. There were relatives who have newly joined the Society, including Boris, Mikhail, and Sophia, all who have immigrated from Belarussia. Their presence reminds us all of Israel Cantor’s momentous journey almost a century ago.
There was a softball game (we won), a volleyball game (we won, again), a living family tree, letters of congratulations from President George W. Bush and Governor George Pataki, bad jokes at the nightclub, watered-down drinks, a giant group portrait, and huge quantities of mediocre food.
April 22, 1918 – November 9, 2002
Eulogy by Sandy Hornick
I don’t really know how to eulogize my dad, and in talking to my brother and sister I’m aware of impressions and memories we share and others we hold uniquely. One way I remember dad uniquely is his teaching me that patience is a virtue, so I wanted to remember my father today by some of his traits, ones that would be high on anyone’s list of virtues: Perseverance, Family, Loyalty, Responsibility, and Faith.
My father had to persevere almost from the beginning of his life. Early on, his life was threatened by a severe case of scarlet fever, in an era before antibiotics. Yet he found the strength to survive. In the hard times of his youth, he had to help with the candy store or with his dad’s super’s responsibilities.
I don’t want to suggest dad was the perfect child. In one of the stories that for some strange reason we didn’t hear until we were adults, dad was confronted with an unwanted glass of milk that he was obligated to drink. This problem he solved brilliantly by pouring the milk in the drawer with my grandmother’s starched curtains.
Dan Cantor, son of Herb Cantor and great-grandson of Israel Cantor, has an op-ed in the New York Times today arguing in favor of raising taxes in order to pay for much needed public services.
Dan is the executive director of the Working Families party of New York.
Dan Cantor is profiled in this month’s New York Magazine.
Four score and seven years ago, Herb was born in Manhattan. His family moved often, and he grew up in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn. By 1938, he was living with his mother and sister in a Lower East Side housing project called Knickerbocker Village; his upstairs neighbors were Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.
He graduated from Morris High School in 1931 and went to Brooklyn College at night. After college, he graduated from Fordham Law School, but the Depression intervened, and he took any job he could get until the start of the war.
July 20, 1913 – September 21, 2000
Herbert Cantor, 87, of Levittown, New York, died on September 21, 2000, following a brief illness. A good, kind man, smart and funny, he was much loved by Millie, his wife of 54 years, children Phil, Mady, and Danny, children-in-law Carrie, Arthur, and Laura, and grandchildren Max, Nate, Tess, Eli, Ethan, and Alice.
A World War II veteran and lifelong Democrat, he owned Valley Stream Auto Parts for 30 years, and was a member of the Israel Cantor Family Society which was founded at his birth. A passionate follower of the events of the day and a partisan of fairness and decency throughout his life, he leaves a legacy of devotion to family and friends, of generosity without strings, and a marvelous sense of humor. He will be missed.