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RICHARD G. SANTOSPAGO

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SANTOSPAGO, Richard G. "Rich" Age 66, died peacefully on April 21, 2013 at Bangor Hospital with his family by his side. He was born in Natick, MA, on September 14, 1946 to Shirley Santospago and the late Peter Santospago. He grew up in Norwood and was a graduate of Norwood High School Class of 1965, where he was captain of the football team and star catcher for the baseball team. Rich served in the United States Marine Corps from 1965-1969 rising to the rank of Sergeant. He is a Veteran of Vietnam War, where he earned several medals, including National Defense Sevice Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Presidential Unit Citation. Rich moved to Deer Isle, Maine, in the mid-seventies where he built his family's home with his own two hands. He was very active in the community. He owned a floor sanding business, Norwood Floors for 25 years. He was also a volunteer EMT and high school softball coach for many years. Rich was a devoted father to Rachel Santospago of Bangor, Ruby Santospago of Brewer, and Rozalyn Santospago of Sedgwick. He was a loving grandfather to Gianna Smith. He loved his girls more than anything and he always put them first. In addition to his daughters, he is survived by his mother Shirley Santospago of Norwood; four sisters, Judy Garza of Gladstone, MO, Paula Allen of Wareham, MA, Dianne Balfour of Dedham, MA, Deborah Shepard of Norwood, MA; two brothers, Peter Santospago of Norwood, and Michael Santospago of Travelers Rest, SC; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, May 5th, 2013 at 12 noon at Brookings-Smith Funeral Home, 133 Center Street, BANGOR, ME. The family invites relatives and friends to a reception at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center Street, following the service. Condolences may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com
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Published in The Boston Globe on May 3, 2013
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