1/24/2021 – Michael C. Cantwell, Clayton

Mr. Michael C. Cantwell, 67, of Clayton, died Thursday, January 21st, at the Samaritan Medical Center. There will be no services at this time. A Celebration of Life will take place at the families convenience.

Mike was born, February 24th, 1953, in Watertown, the son Merle and Helen Carpenter Cantwell. He graduated from Clayton Central School in 1972.

On November 11th, 1983, he married the former Christine Barr at the Justice of the Peace in Clayton.

He retired in 2018 after over 33 years as a Mechanic at Beam Mac Company in Watertown.

Mike enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and his family, and he loved socializing. He was an avid lover of western movies.

He was a life member of the Depauville Fire Department.

Surviving besides his wife Christine, are his three children, his son Ryan, and two daughters, Amy (Buck) Robinson, and Amanda (John) Matthews, all of Clayton; five grandchildren, Brooke and Heather Robinson, Sabrina Matthews, Conner and Hailey Cantwell, all of Clayton.

Besides his parents, brothers David and Gene, died before him.

Donations can be made in his name to the Depauville Volunteer Fire Department, 15231 School Street, Depauville, N.Y. 13632.


  1. Connie recor Posted

    Rip magic Mike, Paul n I will miss you so very much, sending our love to Chrissy and family❤️

  2. Donna Sanford Posted

    Chris Ryan Amy and Amanda so very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Thinking of you all. RIP Mike.

  3. Jeffery W Dickey Posted

    I loved Big and looked up to him as a mentor and friend. Many times he would start off a conversation with “I don’t know but I heard” That statement will always made me chuckle. Chris you and family will be in my prayers and if I can be of any help please let me know.

  4. Steve and Carol Bisonett Posted

    Amy and Amanda, we are sorry to hear of your Dads passing. Prayers of comfort being said and sent. Steve and Carol

  5. Hal Matthews Posted

    It was with great sadness to hear of the passing of Mike. He and I had many interesting conversations. My deepest condolences to the family. RIP Mike!

  6. Julie Turcotte Koch Posted

    I have so many fond memories of being your neighbor while growing up in Clayton Center. I’ll always remember you teaching me how to milk a cow by hand. ❤️
    My deepest sympathies to your family.

  7. Timothy B Campbell Posted

    Mike ” Big ” was just that a big man to me, he guided many as well as my self. Times with a steer look and a commit. But Mike, was always a man that would walk you through it and later if needed repeat it. He will be truly missed all my respect. My sympathies to his family.

  8. Tyler McConnell Posted

    I am terribly sorry for the loss of such a great guy. I remember in high school many of nights stayed at the Cantwell home. Chris and Ryan, and the rest of the family, my condolences are for you. Love you all, take care.

  9. Diane Baltz Posted

    I was so saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. My condolences to all of the family. Mike and I were classmates, 1972…will be fondly remembered.

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