Local Navy SEAL Killed in Action

Funeral arrangements have been made for Matthew Kantor, a Gillette serviceman, who was killed in Afghanistan on Nov. 1, 2012.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Kantor, 22, was killed in Afghanistan on Nov. 1. Kantor, a Navy SEAL, died from a gunshot wound, according to the Department of Defence.

Kantor was from Gillette, NJ. His parents, Ken and Mary Jane Kantor, are the owners of Kidding Around Childrenswear in New Providence. He was assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit in Virginia Beach, VA.

Capt. Robert Smith, commander of Naval Special Warfare Group Two, told the Navy Times: "[Kantor] has paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of freedom. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and shipmates during this very difficult time."

Visitation will be held at the Valley Memorial Funeral Home, Thursday, Nov. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 at Valley Memorial, with burial to follow at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. Arrangements are being handled through Valley Memorial Funeral Home, 1012 Valley Rd. in Gillette.

Judy Jacobson November 12, 2012 at 05:50 PM
My heart goes out to this family for their sacrifice. We are indebted to Petty Officer Kantor and his family.


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