Gerard W. Cantwell

Gerard W. Cantwell 80, of Ballston Spa, passed away after a brief illness on Thursday March 1, 2012 at his home. He was born in Brooklyn, June 16, 1931, to the late Lewis and Margaret Cantwell. After high school Gerry pursued a college career at St Lawrence having been awarded a hockey scholarship. Then his path led him to the US Army where he served in Germany.

Back home in New York City, Gerry and his German wife, Margitta, were true New Yorkers. Gerry worked in advertising for CBS television and for Winkler Video, a division of CBS. While there he was a salesman and product facilitator.

After retirement he moved to Washington where he was widowed and soon returned to NYC. Persuaded by his long time college friend, he moved to Saratoga Springs and adapted readily. Gerry enjoyed many hours volunteering at the Saratoga Hospital and keeping the librarian busy checking out books. Gerry was a music lover, especially jazz and kept up to date with the New York Times and the New Yorker until just days before his death.

In May, 2009 he married Ann G. VanDerwerker. He is survived by Ann and her children, Amy Gilmore of Hopewell Junction, NY and William R. VanDerwerker III of Cool, California, whom he adored.

Friends are invited to a memorial service 7pm Wednesday, March 14, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A calling hour will precede the service from 6-7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Saratoga Hospital Foundation, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, The Mouth and Foot Painting Artists or ASPCA.

Guest Book

Ken Schiewetz


My deepest sympathy for your loss. I have had the privilege of working with Gerry as his financial advisor for the last 15 years. Gerry was an interested investor, coming up with ideas on how to best make money. Good or bad results, he was always cheerful and a gentleman. I enjoyed listening to his stories of past experiences and his new experiences as well. I remember how excited he was to meet you and how impressed he was with you. Gerry was an alive person.... he didn't "taper" off as he got older. He wanted to continue to learn and loved taking your classes. I seem to remember one about Broadway show tunes and one about jazz.

I am sorry that your time together was so short.


Ginny Humphrey

I am so sorry that your time with Gerry was so short and ended so abruptly.

Marion Renning

Dear Ann, so sorry to hear about your loss. All my love, Marion