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John A. "Jack" Santos

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John A. Jack Santos, 87, of Natick, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, surrounded by his family, at the Miriam Boyd Parlin Residence in Wayland. He was the beloved husband of Lillian O. (Cifizzari) Santos with whom he shared 63 years of marriage. A Natick resident for 52 years, he was born in Framingham, son of the late Joaquim and Maria (Valles) Santos. Mr. Santos was a truck driver for 32 years with New England Sand and Gravel Company, retiring in 1987. He was a proud member of the Teamsters Union, the Natick AMVETS, Natick VFW, Boston Cured Cancer Club, Natick Elks and the Framingham Portuguese American Club. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and was an avid sports fan, especially of the Boston Red Sox. Mr. Santos was a decorated veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Army as a demolition specialist engaged in the battles of Northern France, Rhineland and the Ardennes, and during other central European campaigns. He was completely devoted to his family and with his wife, Lillian, made their Pond Street home open with friendship and hospitality to all in the neighborhood and their large extended family. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his four devoted children, Edward L. Santos of Natick, Catherine A. Ledger and her husband, Robert, of Plymouth, Donna M. Santos of Natick, Joanne O'Brien and her husband, Michael, of Natick; eight cherished grandchildren, Brian Santos, Danielle Santos, Christopher Santos, Matthew Ledger, Kelsey Ledger, Joseph Santos, Michelle Santos and Michael O'Brien; daughter-in-law, Peggy Santos of Ashland; and many nieces and nephews. He was also the father of John "Jack" Santos, who died Nov. 30, 2010, and the brother of the late Delfina Costa, Mary Fernandes, Deolinda Santos, Joseph Santos and Sarafina Santos. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral on Friday, Dec. 28, at 10 a.m., at the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St., at Natick Common, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m., at St. Linus Church. Visiting hours are Thursday, Dec. 27, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial is in St. Patrick Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to The Boston Cured Cancer Club, 243 Charles St., Boston, MA 02114 or to , 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. For directions or to send online condolences please visit

Published in MetroWest Daily News from Dec. 22 to Dec. 23, 2012
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