By Lynn R. Mitchell
The father of former U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor passed away Saturday in his hometown of Richmond (see obituary in Richmond Times-Dispatch).
“Mr. Eddie,” as he was fondly known, was 82. He was the son of Jewish immigrants who escaped Eastern Europe at the turn of the 20th century and moved to Richmond where his parents settled in downtown Jackson Ward and lived above the grocery store they owned. His mother was widowed at an early age but she was determined that her sons would be educated.
A 2011 Jewish Times article wrote of Eddie Cantor: