Surferane “Sonny” Santos, lifetime resident of Stonington, passed away on June 8th, 2022.
Sonny was the oldest son of Surferane “Bunny” and Henrietta Santos, who predeceased him.
His wife Joan (Tucker) Santos passed June 8th, 2020. They met at the Westerly Roller Drome in their teens. They were married for 63 years.
Sonny was an avid sports fan, rooting for the Yankees. He coached his brothers and sons in Little League, youth basketball and football.
Sonny was the first recipient of the Whitman Award in 1952 from the Stonington Como, awarded to a person of outstanding citizenship, by Director Frank Turek.
He worked at the Atwood Co. and Kellems for many years, as well as Electric Boat. He could be seen around town doing odd jobs on weekends. He worked up until he was 78 years old.
Sonny is survived by his four children, Ernie (Karen) of Westerly, Cindy (Gary) Urso and Penny (Joe) Grispino, all of Pawcatuck, and Steven (JoAnn) of Charlestown. He is also survived by his sisters, Audrey Lehron of Tampa, FL, Johonor Santos of Ledyard, and Terry (Sandy) Grimes and Bunny Wilcox, all of Stonington; brothers, Ernie of Andover, VT and Bob of Stonington; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to thank the staff at Westerly Hospital as well as Karen Santos and Isabell Fitts for their kind care, and Cindy and Gary for their loving care for 14 years.
Visiting hours will be held at Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly from 2pm – 4pm on Sunday. Funeral service and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Beacon Hospice in Sonny’s memory. For online condolences please visit www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com