ST. ALBANS — Michael A. Cantell, a lifelong area resident passed away peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at the Northwestern Medical Center with his loving family at his side.

Born at home, in St. Albans, on July 3, 1938, he was the son of the late Ernest M. Cantell and Eleanor M. (Hojaboom) Kretzenger.  Michael was 75 years old.

On April 10, 1962, in St. Albans, he married Judith Bedore, who survives him.

He was a 1956 graduate of Bellows Free Academy and then went to work for Central Vermont Railroad until he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1957. He was assigned to the U.S.S. Boston Guided Missile Cruiser (CG1). Upon completion of four years in the Navy, he was discharged with the rank of BT3, he then enlisted in the United Sates Army and served for two years.  Upon his honorable discharge he went to work for General Electric in Burlington. He then started an 18 year career as a meat cutter with the former A&P Market, Grand Union and then worked for Price Chopper.  Michael always had a passion for truck driving, so during his retirement years he drove for Wildcat Construction.

Michael was a former member of St. Albans Lodge 1566, B.P.O.E and St. Albans Lodge 1090, L.O.O.M., enjoyed tending to his vegetable garden and was an avid reader, especially about ancient history.  His greatest enjoyment was being with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Judy, of St. Albans; their children, Deborah Thursh and her significant other, Louis Badger, of St. Albans, Christopher Michael Cantell of France, Richard Wallace Cantell and his wife, Joan, of Highgate and Teddy Cantell and his significant other, Becky Tipper, of Sheldon; his grandchildren, Joshua Thrush of Illinois, Jennifer, Jane and Ann Cantell of Boston; Mathew, Alexys and Dalton Cantell-Tipper of Sheldon and a great granddaughter, Haydi Thrush of Illinois.   He is also survived by 2 sisters, Connie Price of Anchorage, Alaska and Kathy Ann Martin of Largo, Fla., as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Michael was preceded in death by his brother, James W. “Wally” Cantell and step-father, John Kretzenger.

Michael’s  family would like to thank the staff at Fletcher Allen Health Care and a special thanks to the staff at the Northwestern Medical Center for their support and care given to them and Michael during this difficult time and also to Father Brian O’Donnell for the prayers and love given to Michael and his family.

At Michael’s request he was cremated and a small family gathering will be held at a later date. Please visit www.healdfuneralhome.com to leave a memory or a message for the Cantell family.