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Ronald J. Santry, Sr., longtime resident of Guilford, passed away on Oct. 3 at the Branford Connecticut Hospice after a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth F. (Yager) Santry, Ron was born in Ossining, New York, on Aug. 30, 1933, to the late Daniel and Kathleen (Chempre) Santry. He was married to Bette, his high school sweetheart, for 63 years.
A loving father, Ron is survived by his three sons, Daniel (Linda) Santry of Westfield, New Jersey; Ronald Santry, Jr., of Walls, Mississippi; and John (Joanne) Santry of Madison. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Daniel, Matthew, Joseph, Laura, Michael, and Rheann; great-grandson Elliott Elijah; special sister-in-law Mary Yager of Arizona; niece Dr. Carrie Yager of San Diego, California; and family members Carey, Tina, and Bree McDonald of Milford. He was predeceased by his sister Sandra Santry.
Mr. Santry retired from DRS Fermont Company in Bridgeport as vice president of operations. Later, he translated his passion for fixing things into his own handyman business, RJ Enterprise, which he ran for many years.
Ron had a life-long passion for cars. For several years he raced sports cars and attended car shows as a member of the Connecticut MG club with his personally restored convertible. He enjoyed gardening, bird watching, and tending to his many pets. Ron especially enjoyed traveling with his beloved wife of 63 years, Bette, along with family and friends throughout Europe, the Caribbean, and the United States. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, cheering on the UConn basketball teams, winter vacations in Mexico with his dear friend and in-law Ann Hartmann, and passing along his knowledge to others.
Calling hours were held on Oct. 8 at the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church St., Guilford. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Oct. 9 at St. George Church, 33 Whitfield St., Guilford. Burial was held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405. To share a memory or leave condolences, visit www.guilfordfuneralhome.com.
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