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Nominated by Ellington resident Laurie Burstein, Mr. Cantor’s application included letters of support from many people who described him with words such as leader, listener, dependable, dedicated, enthusiastic, humble and eloquent, the voice of reason, a highly respected man of integrity and a true friend.
Mr. Cantor has been a resident of Ellington since he was two weeks old and it wasn’t long into his adulthood that he began his legacy as a mentor, teacher, confidante and role model. Beyond Mr. Cantor’s personal contributions of time and talent, his desire and ability to inspire others to serve is unequaled. So many volunteers credit Mr. Cantor with inspiring and encouraging them to begin a life of service; his was dedicated to the education of children. He spent his life in the teaching profession and then, in order to further connect with his students, became a guidance counselor. Mr. Cantor has a special and effective way of communicating with young people. Long-time friend Mr. Leo Miller said that the following words of Haim Ginotti embody the wisdom, spirit and talents of Mr. Cantor: “Treat a child as though he already is the person he’s capable of becoming.” Mr. Cantor’s love of children is unmatched and his positive influences over the years have made a difference in countless lives.
First Selectman, Lori Spielman said “I remember the Cantor family had large chicken coops on Pinney Street, and I used to help shovel them out when I was a kid; that’s how far back I remember Yale. He’s done so much for this Town. He has been involved with a number of Town boards including recruitment of new members; he strives to educated however he can. Yale Cantor is an amazing man.”
The list of Mr. Cantor’s contributions to the Town of Ellington is impressive and exhaustive. He served the Town on the Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance, Human Services Commission, Charter Revision Commission, Ad Hoc Council for Developing Positive Youth Culture, and the Hockanum Valley Community Council. He has also been serving as a Justice of the Peace since 1973, and he was an integral part of the Ellington Democratic Town Committee for over 60 years.
A formal induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at the site of the Wall of Honor, located in Arbor Park [off of Main Street]. The public is encouraged to attend.