April 8, 1919 - February 19, 2021
Patsy C. Santello of Boca Raton, FL, formerly of Mt. Vernon, NY
Beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend to all. Patsy was the 6th child of 7, born to Mary and John Santello of the Bronx NY where he was raised and doted on by his beloved older sisters and brothers. His life was filled with sports, hard work and a love of family and friends. Always a talented athlete, Pat excelled in baseball, basketball, bowling and golf. A graduate of Evander Childs High School, he was drafted into the US Army in 1941 and served in the 158th Infantry in the Philippines during the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He received both The Silver Star Medal and Bronze Star Medal while serving simultaneously with his 3 brothers throughout Europe, the Netherlands, and Hawaii, and was honorably discharged after 4 years of service with the rank of Sergeant.
Upon his return to Mt. Vernon, he met and married the love of his life, Jean F. Daniello, and together they raised their 5 children and celebrated 73 years of marriage this past September 2020. Jean and Pat enjoyed many years of close friendships with beloved nieces and nephews, and their extended “family of friends” known as “The Secret Pals.” These 7 couples and their families grew up together, sharing all of life’s milestones and making cherished memories that will live on through their children.
Pat was a long time member of the Treasurers and Ticket Sellers Union Local 751, working in the Broadway Theaters, Madison Square Garden, and Lincoln Center. He greatly enjoyed being a part of the exciting world of sports & entertainment during the 70s, cheering on the winning NY Knickerbockers, attending Broadway theater opening nights with Jean, and being a regular at Gallaghers and Sardis restaurants.
Retiring to Boca Raton in 1986, his new career at the Boca Hotel & Resort allowed him to continue the pursuit of his lifelong passion for golf which began at the age of 10 as a caddy at Siwanoy Country Club. He worked at the Boca Resort golf course until his late 80’s making many new friends among his co-workers and the members, and being honored as the “oldest bag boy” in the club’s history. Still an avid golfer until his late 80s, he was honored with a front page story at the age of 81 in the Sun Sentinel sports page for his golfing abilities and handicap.
Throughout his “retirement,” Pat and Jean enjoyed attending shows at The Kravitz Center, travel throughout Europe and the US, cruising to Alaska and the islands, attending South Florida Mt. Vernon Day celebrations, and his annual Army reunions (The Bushmasters), and was a devoted member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Boca Raton.
Patsy always lived life to the fullest, he loved all music, especially the Big Band era, lindy hopping, singing along with Frank Sinatra, and was an instant friend to everyone he met. His greatest love was reserved for his wife and his family always making sure to let everyone know how grateful and proud he was of all of them. He is survived by his wife Jean, their children, Patti (George) Daniell, John, Robert, and Laura Santello, Lisa Santello Fallon (John Fallon III), and his beloved and beautiful grandchildren, Mark and Peter Daniell, Lianna, Gabrielle and John Fallon IV. He was everyone’s favorite Uncle Pat and will also be missed by his many nieces and friends.
A gathering of family and friends who wish to pay their respects will be held on Friday, February 26th from 12-3 PM at Glick Family Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Service will take place at 1:00 PM EST. The service will also be made available for remote participation by clicking the following link http://meet.google.com/ykk-jgud-fow. A military internment at South Florida National Cemetery on March 9 at 2:30 PM..
Donations are welcome and can be made in Pat’s honor to Honor Flight of South Florida, http://www.honorflightsouthflorida.org/, Trustbridge Hospice Foundation, http://trustbridgefoundation.org/about-us/, or your own favorite charity.
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