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SANTORO, JOSEPH W. Joseph W. Santoro, age 84, of Clinton, Connecticut, high school sweetheart and husband of 62 years to his beloved wife, Joan (nee Hunter), passed into new life on October 10, 2016. Joe also leaves his children, of whom he was so proud, including William of Las Vegas, NV; Jeffrey (Jay) and his wife Donna; Beth; and Perry and his wife, Amy, all of Madison, CT. His dear grandchildren who affectionately knew him as “Poppy” include Marlee, Leigha, Kaila, Devin, Jaye, Mary, Jack, Peter and Ethan. Joe delighted in attending all of their plays, recitals and football games over many years. Surviving siblings include Louis Santoro; many nieces and nephews and Joan’s sister, Nancy Griffin, to whom he was a cherished big brother. Joe was preceded in death by his mother, Rosina; sisters, Beatrice and Ann; brothers, Sam and Salvatore; mother-in-law, Rosamond Hunter, and father-in-law, Walter Hunter. Joe was born and raised in Hartford and was graduated from Hartford Public High School in 1952. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, preparing young men for battle at Sampson AFB in upstate New York and later serving in Oakland, CA for a total of 8 years. Joe was an unabashedly patriotic American and, until very recently, relished reunions and meetings with his buddies. After military service, Joe began a career as an insurance adjuster in Hartford and developed his extraordinary communications and sales skills into a very successful career, retiring as Vice President, Impco Technologies, in Providence, RI. Throughout his married life, Joe was an avid gardener and landscaper, whose love of beauty and all things floral stemmed from a high school florist job. Post-retirement, Joe loved his part-time job delivering flowers for Madison Flower Shop. He loved being creative in the kitchen, raising dahlias for local competitions, boating, fishing, Giants games and even golf, despite its occasional disappointments. Joe engaged people, listening intently and sharing his opinions, solicited or not, on a wide variety of subjects on which he was well informed. Joe is remembered as a man of faith, whose openness, generosity and brilliant smile, reflected his love of others and of life itself. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Margaret’s RC Church, 29 Academy St., Madison, on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10 am. Burial with Military Honors will follow Mass in St. Mary’s Cemetery, 50 Beech Rd., Clinton. Arrangements in care of the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church St., Guilford. To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit:
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