×

Rock Funeral Home

1285 Ashley Blvd, New Bedford, MA

OBITUARY

Israel Santiago

14 November, 194921 January, 2020
Play Tribute Movie

Israel Santiago, 70, of New Bedford, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospital. He was the husband of the late Laura (Cartagena) Santiago.

Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, son of the late Patricio and Adelina (Martinez) Santiago, he came to the United States in 1965, lived in Bronx, New York for 7 years, then Yonkers, and then moved to Philadelphia for 20 years. He moved and settled in New Bedford in 1983.

While in New York, he worked in maintenance and was a machine operator in Philadelphia. In New Bedford, he worked for AD Makepeace which is now Ocean Spray Cranberries.

Israel enjoyed fishing, cooking, gardening and playing dominos with family and friends. In earlier years, he was a boxer and enjoyed watching sports on television especially boxing events. He was a handy man and could fix almost anything. Israel was known as a prankster and jokester and loved spending time with his loving family.

He is survived by his children, Brenda Perez and husband Pedro of New Jersey, Nestor Gonzalez and wife Sadalia of Fall River, Israel Santiago, Jr. and significant other Jahira Cruz of New Bedford, Julio Angel Santiago and significant other Nelly Soto of New Bedford, Patricio Oscar Santiago of Shirley, MA and Jacqueline Santiago and husband Rodney Berberena of New Bedford; his significant other Sonia Gomez of New Bedford; his siblings Angel L., Francisco, Jose, Carmen, Zoraida and Santos Santiago and his late brother Julio Santiago; 17 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday, January 27, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. with a Celebration of Life at 12 p.m. in the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. For online tributes, please visit: www.rock-funeralhome.com

Services

  • Visiting Hours Monday, 27 January , 2020
  • Celebration of Life Monday, 27 January , 2020
  • Burial Monday, 27 January , 2020

Memories

Israel Santiago

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
JESSICA Berberena

24 January 2020

I just want to say im sorry for the lost of a wonderful man, who will be miss dearly i meet him thought jackie and rodney. Rip easy

Marie Rivera

23 January 2020

My condolences to the Santiago/Martinez family ....God Bless you all ...Reciban saludos y un Guerrera abrazo de la familia Rivera/Acosta .... We love you all very much ....RIP Hmno Rey Santiago...

Rebeca Cruz

23 January 2020

Con el dolor en mi corazón les envío mis oraciones a la familia q Dios les de la fortaleza que necesitan en especial a los hijos por muchos años formaron parte d mi familia y aun los años q han pasado siguen siendo para mi mi familia los amo y los acompaño en su dolor 😢😢🙏🏼🙏🏼💔

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Israel Santiago, 70, of New Bedford, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospital. He was the husband of the late Laura (Cartagena) Santiago.

Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, son of the late Patricio and Adelina (Martinez) Santiago, he came to the United States in 1965, lived in Bronx, New York for 7 years, then Yonkers, and then moved to Philadelphia for 20 years. He moved and settled in New Bedford in 1983.

While in New York, he worked in maintenance and was a machine operator in Philadelphia. In New Bedford, he worked for AD Makepeace which is now Ocean Spray Cranberries.

Israel enjoyed fishing, cooking, gardening and playing dominos with family and friends. In earlier years, he was a boxer and enjoyed watching sports on television especially boxing events. He was a handy man and could fix almost anything. Israel was known as a prankster and jokester and loved spending time with his loving family.

He is survived by his children, Brenda Perez and husband Pedro of New Jersey, Nestor Gonzalez and wife Sadalia of Fall River, Israel Santiago, Jr. and significant other Jahira Cruz of New Bedford, Julio Angel Santiago and significant other Nelly Soto of New Bedford, Patricio Oscar Santiago of Shirley, MA and Jacqueline Santiago and husband Rodney Berberena of New Bedford; his significant other Sonia Gomez of New Bedford; his siblings Angel L., Francisco, Jose, Carmen, Zoraida and Santos Santiago and his late brother Julio Santiago; 17 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday, January 27, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. with a Celebration of Life at 12 p.m. in the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. For online tributes, please visit: www.rock-funeralhome.com