John Bohun "Bo" Cantrell - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

John Bohun “Bo” Cantrell

January 21, 1947 - June 4, 2018

John Bohun Bo Cantrell, age 71, of New Castle, DE, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, June 4, 2018.

Born in Bryn Mawr, PA on January 21, 1947, he was a son of the late John A. and Nancy (Kinloch) Cantrell.  Bo spent 15 years as a nursing assistant at the Coatesville VA Medical Center before dedicating his career as a decontamination specialist with the VA Medical Center in Elsmere for 14 years and retired in 1997.  Bo was most proud to serve the government as an undercover member of the VA police, local authorities and FBI.

A true outdoors man, Bo loved camping with his family.  With his wife he taught Sunday School at Christian Life Center in Pennsville, NJ, served as a greeter and played in the bell choir.  He was a current member of EverSpring Church.  Bo was a train enthusiast.  Above all, he will be remembered as a loving husband, father, brother and dear friend to many.

Bo is survived by his wife of 26 years, Patricia J. (Radke) Cantrell; son, Elijah J. Cantrell of New Castle; brothers, Christopher H. Cantrell of Newville,  PA and David K. Cantrell of Downingtown, PA; as well as aunts and cousins.

The family would like to send a special thank you to the staff of Delaware Hospice for the care and guidance given to Bo and his family.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am.  Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bo’s name to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, Newark, DE, 19711, Sunday Breakfast Mission, 110 Poplar St, Wilmington, DE 19801 or charity of the donor’s choice.


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  • My dearest best friend. I am so very sorry I was not aware of how ill you were or I would have been by your side as you were always there for me. I will love you and your memory forever. Not a day will go by when I do not look up in the sky and think of you.I love you with all my heart and soul you have earned your place with the Lord, Rest easy now, have no more pain and may God’s many blessings continue to be yours as well as your family. Your were like a brother to me. Thank you for your love and friendship.
    Love always my friend,

  • Dear Pat, Just found out today about John and I was so sad to hear the news that he had passed. You were two people that I really looked forward to seeing and I really loved talking to John. He was a unique individual and a sweet soul. You were so strong and supportive. I appreciated your recognition and I’m sad that I didn’t get to thank you in person. Peace and Strength. Lynn