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Leonardo "Leo" Santamaria

November 19, 1933 - October 18, 2020
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Leonardo "Leo" Santamaria

Peacefully with his children by his side, Leo Santamaria, age 86, passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2020. Leo is predeceased by his beloved wife Beatrice (2019) and survived by his devoted children Luci (Richard), Lori (Alec), Bart (Jennifer) and his grandchildren James, Lucas, Ty, Colin, Bella and Olivia. “Leo the Barber” as he was known, was born in 1933, in the town of Monte Sant’Angelo, Italy. Leo began working in a barbershop when he was 10. He came to Canada in 1951 and was blessed to meet the love of his life Beatrice and marry in 1958.

Leo opened South Windsor Barber Shop in 1967 and it became a fixture in the community until his retirement in 2010. Generations of families frequented the barber shop - a true testament to who Leo was as a person, not just a barber. He was an active member of the community and you could find him bowling on Thursday nights, spending time at the Knights of Columbus or cheering on the Windsor Spitfires with his friends as a proud season ticket holder. He and Beatrice loved to cheer on the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Blue Jays. Leo was quite the handy man, you could always find him fixing something in his garage.

Leo lived his life with integrity and set an example with his strong work ethic and commitment to helping others. Leo was beloved by so many wonderful family, friends and customers and will be greatly missed. We all take comfort now that he is reunited with Beatrice and his broken heart is now whole again.

A Celebration of Leo’s Life is planned for the spring of 2021, as circumstances allow.

A special thank you to the entire staff at Windsor Regional Hospital - Hotel Dieu Campus who provided wonderful care in his final weeks.

If you so desire, donations to Cardiac Wellness – HDGH or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Visitation Thursday, October 22, 2020, 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., A Celebration of Leo’s life will be held Friday, October 23, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at Families First, 3260 Dougall Ave., South Windsor, 519-969-5841. Personal face coverings and reservations are required. You can reserve your time for visitation or seat for the service at FamiliesFirst.ca (RSVP) or by calling directly. Please note due to COVID 19 regulations attendance for cemetery services may be limited, entombment at Heavenly Rest Cemetery to follow.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday October 22, 2020 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    When
    Thursday October 22, 2020 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Location
    Families First - South Windsor
    Address
    3260 Dougall Ave
    WINDSOR, ON N9E 1S6
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Thursday October 22, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Thursday October 22, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Families First - South Windsor
    Address
    3260 Dougall Ave
    WINDSOR, ON N9E 1S6
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday October 23, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday October 23, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Families First - South Windsor
    Address
    3260 Dougall Ave
    WINDSOR, ON N9E 1S6
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Donations are being accepted for: Cardiac Wellness - HDGH.

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Rosanne Haas

Posted at 12:40pm
My Deepest Sympathy to Lucia and Family! Your Mom and Dad were always so nice to my Mom, I always appreciated their kindness!
JG

James Gateman

Posted at 09:47am
Condolences to the family.I went to Leo’s barbershop and still remember flipping through magazines while waiting for my turn in the chair.He was such a nice person. The Gateman’s were customers of the Santamaria’s for many years. R.I.P. Leo.

Jim Gateman
FD

Felicia DeMarco

Posted at 04:03pm
Lucy, Lori, and Bart,
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Leo. We have had the pleasure of getting to know him for the past 3 years as he would frequent our store. We will miss him, and his words of wisdom. Sending prayers to your family during this difficult time.
Felicia and Ray DeMarco
MP

Marilyn Purcell

Posted at 10:06pm
Lucy, Lori and Bart: I was happy to have a lovely visit with your Dad on the day of celebration for Fran Sheehan. Lenore and I also got to visit with Lori for a few minutes that day. The Curry Avenue neighbourhood was blessed to have Leo and Beatrice in their midst for so many years. I have just finished watching his funeral service..so many loving words for a very loving and gracious man. He and Beatrice will long be remembered.
Love, Marilyn (Sanborn) Purcell
LF

Lenore Forrest

Posted at 12:15pm
Luci, Lori and Bart. We just watched your Dad’s funeral service. It was a wonderful tribute to him and his love for your mother, your family and love of life in general. You must be so proud to call Leo and Beatrice your parents.
Love, Chuck and Lenore (Sanborn) Forrest
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