John Paul Cantwell

December 5, 1951October 24, 2018
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John Paul Cantwell of Plymouth, MA, passed away Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at the Dedham Health Care Center. He was the husband of the late Kathleen Fay Herlihy.

Born in Dorchester, MA a son of the late John W. and Florence (Connelly) Cantwell.

Mr. Cantwell had worked as a police office for 25 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army.

He is survived by his children, Tamara Barron of Norwood and Robert Barron and his wife Karen of Norwood, MA; Brian Barron of Dedham; a sister, Catherine Urolatis of Middleboro; 2 brothers, Christopher J. Cantwell of Florida and Roland Cantwell of Boston; 8 grandchildren, Michelle Barrett, Julia Richard, Daniel Barron, Christopher Morrill, Steven Barron, Dylan Barron and Bridget Barron; 2 great grandchildren, Olivia Richard and Julian Richard. He was also the long-time companion of Carol Cleverly of Plymouth. He was predeceased by his son, Joseph L. Barron, Sr. and a grandson, Joseph Barron, Jr.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 12 noon at the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home 40 MacArthur Blvd., Bourne, MA. Visitation prior to the service 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Interment with military honors at the Massachusetts National Cemetery Bourne.


  • Kathleen Fay Herlihy, Wife
  • John W. Cantwell, Father
  • Florence Cantwell, Mother
  • Tamara Barron, Daughter
  • Robert Barron, Son
  • Karen Barron, Daughter-in-law
  • Brian Barron, Son
  • Catherine Cantwell, Sister
  • Christopher J. Cantwell, Brother
  • Roland Cantwell, Brother
  • Michelle Barrett, Grandchild
  • Julia Richard, Grandchild
  • Daniel Barron, Grandchild
  • Christopher Morrill, Grandchild
  • Steven Barron, Grandchild
  • Dylan Barron, Grandchild
  • Bridget Barron, Grandchild
  • Olivia Richard, Great Grandchild
  • Julian Richard, Great Grandchild
  • Carol Cleverly, Companion
  • Joseph L. Barron Sr, Son
  • Joseph Barron Jr., Grandchild


  • Visitation Thursday, November 1, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 1, 2018
  • Interment Thursday, November 1, 2018

John Paul Cantwell

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Kevin Welsh

November 12, 2018

I just heard today... John and I traveled everyday to the BPD Academy. He was one of the finest... Respect, Thanks, and Prayers... Sgt. Kevin M. Welsh; Boston Police District E-18.

Shirley Ostine

November 1, 2018

Rest in Peace John, it was a pleasure to have met and worked with you at the MBTA Police. My Condolences to your family, you will be missed.

Officer Shirley Ostine

Patrick Kenney

November 1, 2018

I worked with John for a short period of time. I never met a kinder more gentle and genuine person. He was, in fact, a true class act.

Hector Fernandez

October 31, 2018

I had the pleasure of knowing and working with John..He was a true gentleman and a credit to his profession… I am a better man for knowing him..

“ I will not be dismayed at goodbyes.A farewell is necessary before we can meet again.And meeting again after moments of a lifetime is certain for those who are friends..” (Bach)

Until we meet again…

Tom Mccarthy

October 31, 2018

John worked with me and for me for several years. He was a true professional, kind, calming influence in an office that was often chaotic. Transitioning from Boston EMS to the Transit Police was a joy for him.
We shared being paratroopers together and shared jump stories. He will be truely missed by his family and transit police friends. Rest In Peace - God bless.

Mike Morris

October 30, 2018

I was a rookie in 1989 when I met John, and my first impression was, this guy is a true gentleman. John would do anything for a fellow officer and was a true, "cops cop".
John was also a pioneer of community policing. One of his last assignments was at Boston's South Station, probably the busiest transportation facility in New England. John became a friendly and reliable fixture there among employees and commuters. Even in the twilight of his career John never backed down from anyone no matter how big or violent. But in most cases John's quiet and thoughtful demeanor could talk any bad guy on the brink of violence to a compliant and forgiving soul who would usually thank John for treating him with respect.

Rest well John, you have completed your last patrol and you will always be a shining light in the history of The MBTA Transit Police.

Sgt. Mike Morris
MBTA Transit Police

Robert Don

October 28, 2018

Sorry to hear of John's passing. I worked with John at the police department. He was a great guy and a good cop. He will be missed. Condolences to his family and friends.