Obituary: Joseph Louis Santagata Sr., 84, of Shelton

Joseph Louis Santagata Sr., 84, of Shelton, longtime Stamford resident, self-employed tile and marble contractor, died July 4, at home.

Born in Stamford, on May 28, 1933, son of the late Joseph Louis and Lucia Esposito Santagata; U.S. Marine; former member of the Democratic City Committee, served on Stamford Board of Representatives, Building Board of Appeals, State Harbor Master, Fairfield County Deputy Sheriff, Stamford Constable Clerk of the Works, and co-founder of the Bobby Valentine Little League, and American Italian Association.  

Survived by wife, Jackie Byle Santagata, children, Joyce Orgera and her husband, Ernest, Gary Santagata and his wife, Barbara, Sharon Gross and her husband, Richard, John Santagata and his wife, Patricia, and Kelly Coppola and her husband, Thomas, 14 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, with one more on the way, brother, Dominick Santagata and sisters, Antoinette Pagliano and Lorraine Vernal.

Also predeceased by son, Joseph Santagata Jr. and his first wife, Joyce Brondo Santagata.

Calling hours: Sunday, July 9, 3-8 p.m., Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford. Services: Tuesday, July 11, 10:30 a.m., St. Gabriel RC Church, 914 Newfield Ave., Stamford. Burial will be privately held at a later date.

Memorial contributions: Smilow Cancer Hospital, 20 York Street, New Haven, CT 06510 or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.