Richard I. Santos, 64, passed away on Sunday March 13, 2016. Beloved husband of Suzanne Santos, daughter of Patricia Quinn and the late Richard Quinn of Southampton, Bermuda. He was formerly of Providence, Rhode Island. Loving father to Richard Robertson (Mitchell) of Connecticut, Laura Husband (Damiso) and Jordan Santos, of Bermuda. Richard also known as “Richie” or “Rick”, was the son of the late Manuel and Mary DeBritto Santos, brother to Julia (Clifford) Taylor, John Santos and Margaret Santos, all of Rhode Island and the late twin brothers Marculino and Manuel Santos. He leaves to mourn his grandchildren Amaya and Quinton of Bermuda, Eliana and Esai of Connecticut, special nieces Shelia and Julie-Ann Taylor and special nephew Clifford (Smiley) Taylor and his aunts Hilda, Meredith and Mary all of Rhode Island and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren and special friends too numerous to mention in Rhode Island and in Bermuda. Richard’s other surviving Bermuda family, include sisters-in-law, Pat Roache (Tony), Lisa Quinn-Brown (Charles), brothers-in-law, Richard Quinn (Rochelle), Scott Quinn (Terry) and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Rick Santos was a graduate of Central High School where he had a stellar basketball career. A two-time First team All-State selection, Rick led the knights to their first two undefeated seasons in 1969-70. During his career, Rick never lost a high school basketball game. He was a Junior College All-American at CCRI and MVP for two years in a row; and in his Senior year he became the captain of the 1975 Providence College Friars Basketball team. He graduated from PC in 1975. Rick is a member of both the CCRI and New England Basketball Halls of fame. Rick also had a bout with the Washington Seattle Sonics. In 1978-84, Rick returned to CCRI as Athletic Coach for the Women’s Basketball team, and led them to two New England Tournaments. In 2012, Rick was inducted into the Rhode Island Interscholastic League of Basketball Legends. Rick was a wonderful human being who loved God, his family, his friends and basketball. He was kind, caring, dedicated, responsible and loving. He would help anyone that was in need. His gentle manner is what made people gravitate towards him. Rick was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother ,uncle ,nephew and cousin. One of his greatest joys was his grandchildren Amaya and Quinton and he shared countless stories of their accomplishments and he looked forward to meeting the latest addition of grandchildren, Eliana and Esai this summer; but he already met them in his heart as he has plenty of pictures and stories to embrace and that sustained him. Rick enjoyed the art of communication, helping others from kids to adults of multi-cultural population. He had an excellent rapport with people. He was seen as a role-model to many, especially kids who were at risk or in need of crisis intervention. He was a great listener. Rick’s employment in Rhode Island was at Bucklin Swimming Pool, South Side Recreation Center, OIC- Advocate Youth Diversionary Program, Athletic Coach for Women at CCRI, and Family Court-Juvenile Services. Upon moving to Bermuda, Rick held positions at Child & Family Services, Crisis Intervention Program, overseeing Pilot Programs that taught life skills to students, Athletic & Sports Director at U.S Air Naval Station, and worked with Behavioral program in the after school program for kids. Needless to say, he worked tirelessly, teaching many kids the game of basketball… Rick’s first and lasting love. His funeral service and calling hours will be held on Monday at 9:00 AM in the PERRY MCSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence with a funeral service to follow at 11:00 AM. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in the name of Richard Santos to the South Providence Recreation Center or any charity of your choice.
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