Richard D. Santamaria Sr.

Santamaria, Richard D. Sr., a driving force behind youth sports in Cranston for many years and described as a "community legend" by former Mayor Michael Traficante, died Thursday at Rhode Island Hopsital after a brief illness. He was 85. He was the husband of the late Arlene Santamaria, to whom he was married for 54 years. Richard became involved in youth sports as a volunteer and coach, and became especially active with the Cranston Western Little League in many capacities, including a long term as president. He had a field at the league's Briggs Complex named in his honor, and last summer the Cranston Western team which won the R.I. and New England championships presented him with a hat from the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Richard helped mold little boys into great men. He was also involved with the Cranston American Little League, and served as a District Administrator for the state tournaments. Born in Providence, son of the late Frank and Rose Santamaria, he was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean War and also in France and Germany. He was a state employee for many years, retiring in 1988. He also was an assistant scoutmaster of Troop 24 in Cranston, and was a member of the Saint Joseph's Guild at Immaculate Conception Church. He is survived by two sons: Councilman Richard Santamaria and his wife Rita, of Cranston, and Michael Santamaria of Johnston; three grandchildren: Thomas, David, and Kaylyn Sanataria; three great-grandchildren: Jayden, Benjamin, and Anthony Santamaria; two sisters, Janice Ruizzo of Cranston and Mildred Swanson of Virginia;and a sister-in-law: Marian Jones of Warwick. He was the brother of the late Catherine Tavares and Frank Santamaria. Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 4:00-9:00pm in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10:00am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Cranston. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Ann Cemetery in Cranston. In lieu of flowers donations in his name to the Michael Varrato Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o CWLL would be greatly appreciated.

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Anna Parfitt - 02/19/2016

Rita & Richard:

I would like to express my sincere condolences on the recent passing of your father.

You were truly fortunate to have such a man in your life. No comfort is quite enough to replace the loss.

My deepest sympathies...Anna Parfitt

Sherri & Milton Araujo - 02/19/2016

Cousins, I know we don't have to tell you how much we loved Uncle and how much he meant to our family. He was such a gentle man and always had a smile on his face. I hope it brings you peace knowing how proud he was of his sons and grandchildren.

david and marie genest - 02/20/2016

Mr Santamaria was a good man who will be dearly missed. we send our prayers.

Richard &Sandra Del Sesto - 02/20/2016

So sorry to learn of the death of your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We are in Florida so can't be with you.

Eleanor Oddo - 02/20/2016

With sincere sympathy Eleanor Oddo and Family

Mike Picillo - 02/20/2016

Richard and Rita I am so sorry for your loss. May Jesus grant you peace and a time of healing.

Billy disla - 02/21/2016

Michael I am so sorry for your loss. my prayers are with you and your family

Paul, June and Shawn Preble - 02/21/2016

Michael and family.
We are so sorry for your loss.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

R. Relli, Secretary St. Joseph Men's Guild of Imma - 02/21/2016

Our words alone cannot convey the deep sorrow felt by our membership. Richard was the person in charge of our various lists of members and officers. He was a long time member of the board and attended every meeting possible including our last general meeting on February 2nd.

Tom & Diana Tillson - 02/22/2016

Our deepest sympathies on your loss, we knew Dick from years ago at Cranston Western Little League, he was always a gentleman. He will be missed by all who knew him

Alan Medici - Newtown, PA - 03/01/2016

I am very sorry for your loss. Mr. Santamaria was a kind and generous man. I was lucky enough to know him through CW Little League, from Cub Scout meetings at his house and growing up with Mike. He was very generous with his time and never sought out attention for all the great things he did for the community. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers - Alan Medici

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