George Cantillon

Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010

George "Bud" Cantillon, longtime Juneau resident, died at his home in Auke Bay on Nov. 23, 2010.

Bud was born on Oct. 11, 1922 in St. Louis, Mo. Prior to the outbreak of World War II, he served in a National Guard unit in St. Louis. His unit was activated before the attack on Pearl Harbor, and with the start of the war they were sent to the west coast and then to Juneau to help guard residents and the local airfield.

While in Juneau, he met Betty Nelson, who was living with her parents in Auke Bay. They were married on Sept. 10, 1943. After the end of the war, Bud and Betty took up residence in Auke Bay where they spent the rest of their years together.

For many years, Bud worked in Ludwig Nelson Jewelers at Front and Franklin streets with his mother- and father-in-law, store owners Ludwig and Vivian Nelson. Bud and Betty eventually assumed ownership of the store and operated it until their retirement.

After World War II, Auke Bay lacked electrical service, and Bud worked with others to establish a rural electric association to bring electricity to the area. He also helped establish a volunteer fire department in Auke Bay, within which he served as a member for many years.

Bud was a lifelong outdoorsman who especially loved sportfishing and was proud to have won the Golden North Salmon Derby in 1960. He was a member of the Auke Bay Chapter of the American Legion and a member of the Juneau Elks Club and the Rotary Club.

Bud is survived by his wife Betty of Auke Bay; his sons Steve of Juneau and David and wife, Karen, of Seattle, Wash.; brother Edward Cantillon of Teaneck, N.J.; grandchildren Kerry Cantillon of Juneau, Adam Bernstein and Sarah Bernstein of Seattle, Wash., and Rebecca Bernstein of Richmond, Calif.; his nieces Ellen Weber of St. Charles, Mo., Becky Austin of Warrenton, Ore., and nephew Patrick Andrus of Duvall, Wash. He was preceded in death by his sister Leona McDermott of St. Louis.

No memorial service is planned. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Salvation Army or the Cancer Research Institute.

Cards may be sent to P.O. Box 210496, Auke Bay, AK 99821.

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