Joseph Frederick Santini
Departed on August 20, 2020 in Melbourne Beach, Florida
Joseph F Santini, age 69, passed away on August 20, 2020 at his home in Melbourne Beach, FL with his wife Cyndee holding his hand.
Joseph – Joe or Ricky as he was known to family and friends, was born in Mt. Vernon NY. He spent his early years in Westchester County, NY. His parents, Joseph Armando Santini and Maddalina Santini, divorced when he was young. Each parent remarried lovely people, Joseph to Delores and Maddalina to Ralph, who loved Joe as their own.
Joe attended Eastchester High School where he played baseball and football. He went on to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in business from Iona College.
He had a long career in finance working on the east and west coasts until he met the love of his life, Cyndee, and settled in MA in 1992.
Joe was happy to retire in 2013 to pursue his second greatest passion – golf. His love of the game started young where he would caddy at the local course. He loved the game and was happy to play with anyone – as long as they had a good understanding of the rules and ethics of the game. Do not stand in his line! Or make noise, or play slow….He loved giving ‘tips’ to less skilled players and welcomed a challenge from players of better or equal par.
When Cyndee retired, they sold their home and moved to Bristol, NH to start a snowbird lifestyle. Renting one season in Melbourne Beach was enough to convince them it would be their winter home. Joe often said his two best days were the day he married Cyndee and the day he sold his snow blower.
Joe was a fierce loyal great friend who always had your back. He developed close friends through his life and truly believed “No friendship is an accident”. He’s always held a special love for his group of friends from Eastchester High School.
Joe loved the life he lived. While golf was his passion, he loved all music and could listen for hours. He loved to cook – Italian dishes the obvious specialty. He loved his boat and cruising to Cocktail Cove or doing 360 degrees of wonder around Newfound Lake. Most of all he loved his family.
He will be missed beyond measure by the love of his life Cyndee. He is already missed by his cat Fred. Joe’s love, laughter and unique wisdom embraced the lives of his extended family. He will be lovingly remembered by his brother and sisters in-law, Charlie, Cathy and Paula; and his numerous nieces and nephews. He will be deeply missed by his brother Ray, sister Amy and his beloved Uncle, Enio Imperia.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 26th from 4:00 – 7:00pm. A memorial celebration of life will be held in NH in the spring.
Please remember Joe as you choose. A donation to a charity of your choice or gather over a few cocktails in his name and reminisce. Either would make him very happy.