Theodore Santos Obituary
 
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Theodore R. Santos

August 31, 1922 - March 21, 2013
Obituary

Theodore R. Santos (Ted) passed away peacefully in his home on March 21, 2013. He was 90 years old. Ted was born on August 31, 1922 in Sacramento, California. His family moved to San Diego in 1928, and became part of the large Portuguese tuna fishing community in Point Loma. After graduating from Point Loma High School in 1941, Ted joined the Coast Guard and served his country during World War II. After his discharge, Ted joined his family in the commercial tuna fishing industry. He later changed careers, studying and apprenticing to become a Journeyman Electrician. Ted retired after 20 years in the Electrical trade at the age of...
Theodore R. Santos (Ted) passed away peacefully in his home on March 21, 2013. He was 90 years old. Ted was born on August 31, 1922 in Sacramento, California. His family moved to San Diego in 1928, and became part of the large Portuguese tuna fishing community in Point Loma. After graduating from Point Loma High School in 1941, Ted joined the Coast Guard and served his country during World War II. After his discharge, Ted joined his family in the commercial tuna fishing industry. He later changed careers, studying and apprenticing to become a Journeyman Electrician. Ted retired after 20 years in the Electrical trade at the age of 62.

Ted cherished his family. His wife of 50 years, Alice, and daughter, Stephanie Williams (husband Michael), predecease him. He is survived by his children, Sandra Santos of San Jose, CA, Shanna Thomas (husband Tim) of Coronado, CA, Theodore Santos II (wife Kari) of Boulder, Colorado, and grandchildren, Dawna Graham, Tristan Santos, Benjamin Santos, Marley Santos all of Boulder, Colorado, David Williams (wife Consuelo) of Kihei, Maui, Hawaii, and great grandchildren, Tyler Williams of Granville, Ohio, and Nash Williams of Kihei, Maui, Hawaii.

Ted was an avid orchid grower and had belonged to the San Diego Orchid Society. He enjoyed telling stories to the delight of everyone, and always had time for a good joke. Ted also loved animals, and the Santos household was always filled with birds, cats, dogs, and/or fish. In his later years, Ted rescued a cockatiel, whom he named Peaches. He truly had a way with all creatures and was a true "animal whisperer"!

A mass and celebration of life will be held in memory of Ted at St. Agnes Church in Pt. Loma, on Friday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m. A reception will follow at the St. Agnes Hall, 1140 Evergreen Street, San Diego, CA. A private internment of his ashes at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery will take place on a later date, where he will join Alice in their final resting place.

In lieu of flowers or cards, we invite you to make a donation in Ted's name to: the San Diego Orchid Society, for their efforts in orchid conservation, http://www.sdorchids.com/Conservation.html,
or the San Diego Bird Rescue, whose motto is "Saving One Beak at a Time",
http://www.sdbirdrescue.com/Donations.html

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