John Thomas Santopolo
February 19, 2021
John Thomas Santopolo, of Rocky Mount, Virginia, died on Friday, February 19, 2021. He was preceded in death by his mother, Madalyn P. Santopolo of Roanoke, Va. and his father, Frank A. Santopolo of Fort Collins, Colo.
John grew up in Roanoke and was a proud graduate of Jefferson High School, Class of 1964. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran and a retired Roanoke City Police Department Sergeant with 22 years of service. After retirement John enjoyed working on projects at home, taking annual trips to Myrtle Beach and learning to play golf. He made many new friends playing golf and looked forward to the weekly rounds with "the guys" at Blue Hills.
John is survived by his wife, loving friend and caregiver, Ruth; special uncle and aunt, Don and Edith Peters; and cherished cousins. He is also survived by brothers, Micheal (Chrissy) Santopolo and Tony Santopolo; brothers-in-law, James and Hubert (Judy) Bowman; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth (Elwood) Oakes and Peggy Bowman; nieces and nephews; and numerous friends.
The family expresses appreciation to all health care workers and first responders - especially to the following, Dr. Bruce Long and Staff at Carilion Clinic General Surgery; Dr. Gregory Stidham and Staff at Carilion Clinic Family Medicine; Staff at Franklin Memorial and Roanoke Memorial Hospitals; and Home Health Nurses. Your care and compassion helped us make it through this last year and especially the last week.
Celebrate John's life with a toast to memories of good times shared or a funny story that he would have appreciated. Private services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in John's name to The National D-Day Memorial Foundation, P. O. Box 77, Bedford, VA 24523. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center.
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Published by Roanoke Times from Feb. 21 to Feb. 28, 2021.