Joseph G. Santacroce
1939 - 2021
BORN
1939
DIED
2021
On Monday, January 18, 2021, Joseph Guido Santacroce, loving father, brother, companion, and friend, passed away peacefully after battling COVID-19. Joe was born on August 14, 1939, in Milford, MA to Guido and Anne (Milutus) Santacroce. He attended Wentworth Institute and North Adams College of Liberal Arts. Joe taught science and math in the Chatham School District for over 30 years. In addition to teaching, Joe coached the Chatham High School golf team, which competed on the state level. He also planned and participated in countless ski trips for the Chatham School District. Joe was an avid golfer who enjoyed many beautiful rounds at Cummaquid Golf Course where he was a member since 1985. His friends at Cummaquid will miss his sense of humor, his willingness to organize teams, and his love of the game. Throughout his entire life, Joe was always a sports enthusiast. He played baseball for Milford High School and North Adams State College, spent many summers sailing out of Saquatucket Harbor, and played in amateur hockey leagues. His daughters have happy memories of their father teaching them how to ski and bringing them on annual trips to Stratton Mountain. Joe loved spending time with friends and family and was always eager to share a joke or two. He looked forward to his annual winter getaway to Naples, Florida where he spent time golfing, socializing at the beach, and relaxing in the sun. Joe will be fondly remembered as being a happy, healthy, and fun-loving guy. His lifetime friend, Lenny Oliveri describes Joe as someone who 'skated merrily along in life with the wind at his back.' He will be missed greatly by everyone who knew him. Joe is survived by his two daughters Jennifer Ann Sheran of Marstons Mills and Janee DiSarcina of Barnstable; his grandchildren Carlee Rose Walsh and her husband Everett Walsh, Jack Sheran, Tom Sheran, JR DiSarcina, and Patrick Sheran; one brother Ronnie Santacroce of Milford; one niece Kailyn Santacroce of Milford and her children, Xavier, Selena, and Enzo; the mother of his daughters Ann Santacroce of Harwich and his constant companion and love of 22 years, Deb Mochak of Brewster. Joes family and friends would like to extend their gratitude and thanks to the entire staff of Cape Cod Hospital for the impeccable care Joe received during his time there. In lieu of flowers, Joe would ask that you appreciate time spent with family and friends and to always set an example by your acts of kindness to all those you encounter. If you wish to make a donation please do so to the charity of your choice. A private service will take place at a later date. Notes of comfort may be made to his family at www. ccgfuneralhome.com
Published by Milford Daily News on Jan. 26, 2021.
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Mr. Santacroce was my math teacher when I was in 7th and 8th grade at the middle school in Chatham. He was a great teacher. My condolences to his family.
Ann (Avellar) Jonas
Student
January 31, 2021
Joe was my science teacher at Stacy Jr. High in Milford, MA. He was an incredible teacher, always interesting, patient, and taking extra time for all of his students. Later, I would babysit for his family. He so loved his children. He was a good friend to my cousin Frank Rummo who died of COVID earlier this year. I wish his family to know how very many people remember him and were positively impacted by his life. My sympathy to Ronnie, his children, and all of his friends and family.
Elaine DeIeso
Student
January 29, 2021
Joe was a good friend of my father Lucio Vendetti, who died almost 2 years ago. I remember my dad lent Joe his small boat to use to go fishing off the Cape. Turned out the motor ended up in the bottom of the ocean. My dad was so mad, being Italian they did’t speak for several years. They eventually made up. Joe was a nice guy and have thought of him over the years.
Michael Vendetti
Friend
January 29, 2021
Ronnie, so very sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. My heartfelt condolences to you and to all who knew and lived Joe. ❤
Jan ( Macchi) Carson
Friend
January 29, 2021
Ronnie, so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother . My heartfelt condolences to you and to all who knew and loved Joe.
Jan Macchi Carson
Friend
January 29, 2021
What we once enjoyed...we can never lose..all that we love deeply.....becomes part of us.. so very, very sorry my dear friend . Sadly know the hurt all too well.. God bless all
Georgeann Compagnone
Friend
January 29, 2021
SO VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.
John Lynch
Friend
January 28, 2021
Mr. Santacroce was my math teacher in 7th and 8th grade at Chatham High School. I remember the infamous red book and honestly wished math was taught now to kids the way it was back then! Although it was difficult it made sense. I learned the most from him than any other math teacher! My thoughts and prayers to his family.
Amy (Baker) Carlson
Student
January 28, 2021
Mr. Santacroce was my math teacher in Chatham for 7th and 8th grade. I remember him always wearing a gold chain necklace and sitting upright at the front of the classroom. He was a unique character, with a strong accent and often wearing v-neck sweaters. He was a challenging teacher and really believed in pushing students to be better and faster with math. He often surprised us with these extra credit quizzes. The first five students to finish and hand in their answers were the ones who could receive extra credit. I loved how much he encouraged his students to be their very best, with a bit of a tough love attitude, and to perform under pressure. He really helped me succeed in math and pushed me when I needed it most. He was instrumental in my continued education in high school at St. George's School in Newport, RI and I have always been so grateful for his support and the challenges he provided me in an academic setting. His impact on my life is one I will always be grateful for and my thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Kristen (Olson) Deem
Student
January 28, 2021
Ronnie I am so sorry to hear about your brother. First friends of our lives are our siblings.
Christine Gaffney
Christine Gaffney
Acquaintance
January 27, 2021
Mr. Santacroce was my math teacher at Chatham High, I don’t think he liked me much because I was a terrible student. But, I loved his ski trips, and loved skiing for years after that. Mr. Santacroce made that possible for me.
Dan Baisly
Student
January 27, 2021
Ronnie...please accept our deepest condolences at this time.......Marty and
Marsha.
Marty
Friend
January 27, 2021
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