MERIDEN - John Santos, 90, beloved husband of the late Rhoda (Bourque) Santos, died Thursday Nov. 29, 2012, at MidState Medical Center.
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Born on March 13, 1922, in Fall River, MA, he was the son of the late John and Belmira Santos. John was a longtime resident of Meriden and a parishioner of Holy Angels Church, where he served as an usher. He proudly served in the United States Army during WWII and received the Purple Heart for his dedicated service. John worked as a welder for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, where he retired from after many years of service. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. John was an avid Red Sox fan; he enjoyed playing cards with his poker buddies and friends at the Meriden Senior Center. He and his wife Rhoda made many friends playing bingo. John loved his family and his church. His greatest joy was that he and his wife were able to attend all of their grandchildren's events.
Mr. Santos is survived by his daughters Donna M. Rowland and her husband Thomas, of IL, and Linda A. Robinson and her husband Jon, of Meriden; a brother, Edward Santos of MA; seven grandchildren: Kristine Atwell, Kimberly Zimmer, Brian Kelleher, Kimberly Fruehling, Michael Kelleher, Thomas J. Rowland and Brendan Kelleher; twelve great-grandchildren and six nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Dolores M. Fontes, and his nephew, Tommy.
His funeral will be held on Friday Dec. 7, 2012, at 8:15 a.m. from the Stempien Funeral Home, 450 Broad St., Meriden, when his funeral cortege will proceed to Holy Angels Church, 585 Main St., South Meriden, for a 9 a.m. Mass of Christian burial. Burial with military honors will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday Dec. 6, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Stempien Funeral Home. To send an online expression of sympathy, please visit www.stempienfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Record-Journal on Dec. 2, 2012