Daniel Verdin Cantrell

March 26, 1949 - August 23, 2019
Daniel Verdin Cantrell

March 26, 1949 – August 23, 2019. Daniel Verdin Cantrell, 70, a loving husband and father, died August 23, 2019 at his home in Hampstead, NC following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Dan was born on March 26, 1949 in Salisbury, Maryland to Dr. Verdin S. and Drucilla Mitchell Cantrell. He graduated from Wicomico High School in Salisbury, MD and the University of Richmond in Richmond, VA (B.S. Chemistry) where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, Rho Chi chapter. Dan had a long, successful career as a Research Scientist with the American Tobacco Company (Richmond, VA), Brown & Williamson Tobacco Company (Louisville, KY and Macon, GA), and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company / British American Tobacco Company (Winston Salem, NC).

Dan approached life with a keen sense of humor. He was kind, adventurous and happy with an outgoing personality…he never met a stranger. Dan loved his family and friends, and brought great joy to those blessed to know him. Throughout his illness, Dan’s approach was to always stay positive, no matter what, and to never ever give up.

Dan is survived by his wife, Dee Dee Cantrell, and four children; one son, Ryan Cantrell of Holly Ridge, NC, and three daughters, Heather Lewis (Nick) of Elizabethtown, IN, Allie Longworth (Daniel) of Burlington, NC and Danielle Cantrell of Hampstead, NC. He is also survived by his twin brother, David Cantrell (Lynne) of Coconut Creek, FL, and two sisters, Marsha Bloodsworth (Ric) of Salisbury, MD and Beth Wicas (Nelson) of Newtown Square, PA.

The family will hold a Celebration of Life at their home in Hampstead, NC at a later date.

Memorials may be made to PanCAN (Pancreatic Cancer Action Network) and Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

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  • August 27, 2019
    Glenn Davis says:
    My condolences to Dee Dee, to brother Dave - my other Wi Hi Homeroom buddy- and to the rest of Dan's family. Dan was quite often the first guy I would talk with daily during those high school years. It has been so rewarding to reconnect with Dan through Messenger social media after all these years gone by. His smile and "fight the good fight " spirit will be sorrowfully missed.

  • September 03, 2019
    Chris Cook says:
    Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of Dan. I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Dan for over two decades. He had a great sense of humor and will surely be missed by all.

  • August 30, 2019
    John-Paul Mua says:
    Dear Dee Dee, Allie, Danielle, Nick, Ryan, and family. Words cannot begin to express how I feel about Dan's passing! My deepest and hearfelt Condolences to you all at this trying time of your lifes. Let him rest, let Dan my mentor, partner, and brother rest in peace. God's speed JP Mua

  • August 29, 2019
    Lewis Barber (UR 1970) says:
    Have not connected with Dan since college years (Rho Chi), but have only the fondest of memories of frat years in Richmond. Sorry to hear of Dan's passing, but know he was a true and tough Spider. Prayers to the entire family and his legacy.

  • August 29, 2019
    Borgia Walker says:
    Dee Dee and family, I am so saddened to hear of Dan's passing. He was a great man and I know he will be missed so much. You family has and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.