September 1, 1895 (Danbury, CT) – January 6, 1919; 23 years old; unmarried
Last local address: 46 Spring Hill Avenue, Norwalk
Entered the service on October 3, 1917
Serial number 681474
683RD MOTOR TOURING COMPANY, MOTOR TRANSPORTATION SERVICE
Last name also spelled Cantonie in some documents.
Worked as a hatter at Crofut & Knapp Hat Company in Norwalk prior to service.
Died of lobar pneumonia and tuberculosis in a French hospital after the war ended. More than likely related to the Spanish Influenza outbreak.
From an unknown newspaper found in newspaper clippings in the Norwalk History Room, Norwalk Library
NEWS RECEIVED OF DEATH OF NORWALK BOY
John Cantoni of 46 Spring Hill Avenue received last evening a telegram from Washington bringing news of the death from pneumonia of his brother, Cook James Grachina Cantoni, of the Transportation Service, in Paris, January 6. Cook Cantoni went to Camp Devens in the first draft, and sailed soon afterward for France where he went through the harrowing experiences of the war without injury, cooking for 80 men. After the fighting was completely over, in fact several months later, he was taken seriously ill with pneumonia, and died on January 6, giving his life in the service of his country, not by the enemy’s bullets but by the dread summons of death through disease. He makes one more of Norwalk’s boys, whose name will be placed in gold letters upon the glorious roll of honor board. He was well known in Norwalk and was a member of Norwalk Aerie Number 588 F.O.E. He was before his entrance into the service, a hatter by trade, employed with the Croffut & Knapp Company. He is survived by three sisters and three brothers, Mrs. Sophia Stratton of Danbury; Mrs. Gussie Ghiotto of 9 High Street, Norwalk; Miss Mary Cantoni, also of 9 High Street; John of Spring Hill Avenue; Romeo of 24 High Street, and Anthony, who is in the service in France, now on his way into Germany. The last letter from this soldier, who has so recently passed away, was receive don January 9, and at the time he wrote that letter he was in good health.
Private Cantoni is buried in New Saint Peter Cemetery, Danbury, CT; Section 1, Lot 69 ½, Grave 6.