Charles S. “Chuck” Santagati Jr., AGE 74, of Lowell, MA died Monday February 9, 2015 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He was married to Elizabeth A. “Betty” (Shugrue) Santagati with whom he celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary this past September 21st.
Born in Lawrence, he was the son of the late Charles S. Santagati Sr. and Lydia R. (Zazzo). He was raised in Lawrence, attended St. Patrick Grammar School and graduated from Central Catholic High School with the class of 1957. He received his BA and Master’s in Music Education (MED) from Lowell State Teachers College, known as UMASS Lowell today. Charles was a music teacher for 37 years. He taught general and choral music at the Bartlett, Moody and the Rogers School in Lowell for many years. He also taught music in Billerica and in Vermont at Derby Junior High School for the 8 ½ years that he
He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was also a writer, poet, performer, and composer of music. He loved discussing politics and theology, the theater, jazz and movies. A talented musician, Charles was the leader of a popular “Top 40”s band “The Sandsmen” who performed widely in the Lawrence and Greater Boston area during the 60’s and 70’s. He was a gifted pianist who played with numerous popular area bands and accompanied many performers, including Jerry Vale, since age 14.
He was a past member of the Lawrence Elks Lodge.
Besides his wife he is survived by his siblings, Ronald and his wife Joan Santagati of Salem, NH, Nina MacDonald of North Andover, Richard and his wife Marilyn Santagati of Andover. His children Laura and her husband Peter Garcia-Bengochea of Claremont, CA, Maria Santagati and her fiancé Lee Desjardins of Newburyport, Charles S. III and his wife Christina Santagati of Estes Park, CO, and Steven Santagati of Los Angeles. He leaves four grandchildren, Lauren and Nicolas Garcia and Nathan and Ella Rose Santagati. He is also survived by his mother-in-law D. Claire Shugrue of Lowell, his brothers and sisters-in-law, Michael and Janyce Breton, Brenda Lorrey and Fernando Carvalho, Elinor Sadier, James B. and Lynn Shugrue, Timothy and Roberta Woelfel, Dorothy Dillon and William Dodge and William H. Shugrue. He also leaves many loving nieces, nephews and dear friends.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Charles S. Santagati Jr. to support Head and Neck cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via www.dana-farber.org/gift.
His Visiting hours are this Friday February 13, from 4 to 7 P.M. Funeral Saturday at 8:30 AM from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, with a funeral Mass at 9:30 AM
at St. John the Evangelist Church, North Chelmsford. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Tewksbury.
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