Godfrey Phillip Santini
May 25, 1946 – January 13, 2020
Godfrey Phillip Santini was born on May 25, 1946 and passed away unexpectedly on January 13, 2020 from a congenital heart defect. He was born and raised in Fort Myers and graduated from Fort Myers High School class of 1964. He attended Auburn University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1969 - “War Eagle.” He was a real estate developer and broker in Fort Myers for over 44 years and was instrumental in the development of two well-known golf course communities. However, he always said his greatest accomplishment was raising his girls and having a great family. He was a loving husband of 48 years, and loving father and grandfather. He grew up on Fort Myers Beach, and loved the water, fishing, tending to his garden, cooking barbeque ribs and brisket, and winning several area chili cook-offs with friends. He also loved watching football with his lifelong dear friends - Go Tigers! He is preceded in death by his parents, Godfrey Phillip Santini Sr. and Daisy Galvin Santini as well as his sisters, Irma Santini and Rita Santini White. He is survived by his wife, Candy Santini; daughters, Tiffany Drake and Alyssa (Jeremy) Playford; grandchildren: Marissa Drake and Ethan and Owen Playford; sister, Joan (Sonny) Norris; brother, John (Sally) Santini; devoted sister-in-law, Heidi Jeanne Angle and several nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Hodges Funeral Home at Lee Memorial Park 12777 State Road 82 in Fort Myers. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his memory to the American Heart Association. Info. (239) 334-4880
Celebration of Life Service
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hodges Funeral Home at Lee Memorial Park
12777 State Road 82
Godfrey Phillip Santini
Paul & Trisha Lemieux
January 23, 2020
One Christmas morning early, we said let's surprise Godfrey & Candy. They were upstairs asleep, downstairs Alyssa, Robin, Heidi, and family,they let us in quietly as we wanted to surprise them. I called upstairs and said I was the paperboy, and when awaken he said just leave the paper.i said I need to collect, and I was playing it up, he was becoming annoyed by my persistence, and the family was cracking up and as quiet as they could, he came downstairs and the look on his face was priceless. Surprise!! We shared hugs, laughter and more, such a joyful moment. Through the years he would always ask how is the paperboy doing? We laughed about that many times.
Thank you for memories, missed, not forgotten.
January 21, 2020
January 21, 2020
Godfrey and I first got together in the fourth grade at St. Francis where we soon became good buddies. Simply put, we grew up and hung out together all the way through High School. Godfrey was about having as much fun as possible. At night it was the indoor activities, like playing pool at the old Miscue Lounge, bowling, and roller skating at Em’s Rollerland (I can still hear his goofy laugh when one of us took a spill out there on the floor). The outdoor fun was boating, fishing, and yes--even snake hunting and camping out along with Rocky Wilson and Tommy Hindson. Countless times, Godfrey would come by my house and just hang out with me and my parents. Mom and Dad absolutely loved having him. These were some of the best times of my life.
After High School and into our college years we went our separate ways until June, 1969 when Beverly and I were married. Godfrey, Rocky Wilson, Tommy Hindson, and Jim Conner, made up the wedding party. Thanks guys for sharing one of the most important days of my life with me. Since then, my contacts with Godfrey were, regretfully, few and far in between—usually limited to Happy Birthday telephone calls. The last time I saw Godfrey was at our 50th High School Reunion. There he was--sitting there smiling and laughing along with his beautiful wife Candy. It’s the way I will always remember him—happy and smiling.
I can’t express how much I will miss my old friend, except to say that I love him dearly and will remember him for the rest of my life. I know that all of his family and friends feel a profound loss. My heart and prayers go out to everyone. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the Celebration of Life Service this Saturday.
Good bye Godfrey. I love you. May you Rest in Peace.
January 20, 2020
I moved to Ft. Myers in 1976 & met Godfrey while renting in Provincetown. We became like instant “Buddies”. We spent most of our “free time” doing things together. I couldn’t have asked for a better, or more loyal, honest friend. He was a TRUE friend - not pretentious, so laid back & easy going like he didn’t have a care in the world and better yet, he had a sweetheart for a wife. As our friendship grew through the years & Candy started popping out a couple of daughters, Godfrey showed that not only was he a great friend but was also an awesome loving & caring father & husband which is what you would expect from him. There are too many funny situations & awkward moments to write about here. It would take a whole book to write about all the fun times, places we went & things that happened during the 40 years that I had the pleasure of Godfrey’s friendship & companionship. He truly will be missed. We all know that we now have another Angel in Heaven watching over us. I Already miss you so, so, much “Massa Cougar”.
January 19, 2020
Where to start? At the beginning they say, and so it was with Godfrey and I.
We were born just days apart, in a small, sleepy town (yes, Ft. Myers was that once) and the even smaller Catholic congregation of St. Francis, and so the thread of Godfrey's life began to weave into the fabric of my own. We shared all the milestones of life at St. Francis. Baptism, kindergarten, First Communion, the weekly procession from the school to the church for Confession where we stood single file for our turn behind that curtain. After a few more years of classes and recess came Confirmation and the hint that childhood would not last forever, and we might actually be grownups someday. Eventually the day came when we made our first step to a wider world. We became Greenies.
The memories of Godfrey during our high school years are my favorites and some are epic, but there just isn't room to share even a few. Jim Conner gave a couple and I can say that in my mind there was never anyone who looked cooler behind the wheel of a car than Godfrey and that includes Steve McQueen or anybody else you can think of. The car that sticks in my mind was Rita's white and gold Chrysler with the square steering wheel and push button transmission (was that high tech or what OMG). Cruise'n in that car with Godfrey was special.
Godfrey shared one more sacrament with me, he stood by me at my wedding. Soon thereafter our lives diverged and our meetings during the next five decades were sporadic and way to short. Even so, during those years, whenever I might share with someone a bit of my life I thought worth sharing, Godfrey was often part of the story. The thread which began that May so many years ago will continue in those persistent, precious memories I will always carry with me.
It is said he had a heart defect. The only thing I know about his heart was the capacity for kindness and the courage to give it. I know he has left the best of himself to his loved ones.
Bless us all.
Marsha Stier McDaniel
January 18, 2020
I first met Godfrey in 6th grade at St. Francis when my family moved to Ft Myers. He was always kind and smiling. I talked with him at our 50th High School reunion 6 yeas ago and a few of the class dinners I was able to attend. Candi, I cannot imagine the pain you are suffering. Praying for God's comfort for you and your family.
January 18, 2020
I met Godfrey about 35 years ago and lucky for me his wife became my best friend. Godfrey was always kind, patient, had a great sense of humor, and was a loving Dad to his beautiful daughters, and a great grandad to his awesome grandkids. He will be missed.
January 18, 2020
So sorry to hear about Godfrey. Met him in elementary school. Great sense of humor and so nice. Was happy to reconnect at class reunions and dinners. He will be missed. I’m sorry not to have spent more time with you both. Sam and I are praying that your pain is eased.
January 17, 2020
Candy, I remember Godfrey trying so hard to make his real estate deals work the best they could for a client. It was heartwarming to see someone who cared about the client rather than the amount of their paycheck. But what has always been in my mind is how he looked when he talked about you. The love was so evident even in the way he said your name. Bill and I both admired him for his strong family ties. I pray the Lord will comfort and guide you in the days, weeks and years to come. The best blessing is seeing him every time you look at your loved ones.
January 17, 2020
Godfrey was my brother-in-love! He was like a protective, kind, generous brother to me since I was 14. An ear, ever near, for 50 years. I was so blessed that he walked into my sister’s life. He always treated me like a friend, even as a youngster, taking me fishing or for fun drives in his blue Dodge Challenger. I loved him beyond measure and will miss him beyond words!
January 16, 2020
Godfrey's is my heaviest loss of a friend. His passing has been on my mind since I received the dreadful news. Godfrey and I go back to the second grade at Saint Francis. We hung out a lot together in sports, scouts, summer jobs, Catholic Youth Organization, Edison Junior College, just goofing off and cruse'n Cleveland Avenue for chicks. Godfrey wasn't punctual - he would pick me up 45 minutes late every night we would go out. But his car was cool. He didn't have his own so he drove his sister's big Pontiac Bonneville. Yeah, we were two very cool dudes.
Godfrey was rough and tumble. He challenged me to a fight at my home once and I almost had him but he eventual had me tap out. Once a group of us went to the 12 Hours of Sebring International auto race. We weren't there 15 minutes and Godfrey was in a fight with a guy in the car next to us. Godfrey injured his hand. The next day, Sunday, we drove to my doctor's home for him to look at Godfrey's hand and he told him it was broken and to go to the hospital.
Once a bunch of us went shark fishing with 'Rocky' Wilson in his boat. We were just a few minutes out of Punta Rassa when Godfrey noticed a pelican perched high atop a channel marker. The bird must have been 150 feet away. Godfrey said, "Watch this." He took an orange out of his lunch bag, threw it at the pelican while we were ripping along, hit it and the poor bird fell backward off the piling. Yeah, Godfrey could pull off those kind of things.
In football he earned the nickname 'Hop Along' because as a running back he would always try to jump over tacklers.
He was a groomsman in my wedding.
Does anyone agree with me that young Godfrey and Jim Morrison looked and awful lot alike?
Well, these things are running through my mind these days and, too, I think how much this wonderful man will be missed by Candy, family and his long list of friends.
I wish comfort and good thoughts for all of us as we truck along this bumpy stretch of life's road.
January 16, 2020
My heart is heavy w/ sadness for the family of Godfrey. I've been thinking about him and his family since I learned of his passing. The great love of my life & soul mate also died of a heart attack, so I truly understand the heartache of Candy and the rest of his family. Being a classmate of his since elementary, junior high & high school, I'd always know him to have a constant smile, pleasant attitude and a bit of shyness, maybe just around females. Two of us were w/ Godfrey on the day after our December Class Dinner @ the Lighthouse Restaurant. That next day was spent starting off w/ great breakfast on Sanibel, then @ Ding Darling Park and finally at an antique car show on the island that he really enjoyed! We three had a great day and I will always cherish that memory. RIP beloved Godfrey. You lived a good life and had many friends & loved ones. Ellen
January 16, 2020
Godfrey was definitely a one of a kind great man . He helped me thru the loss of my husband. Such a kind gentle soul. Always there if you needed help. He will be deeply missed
January 15, 2020
Godfrey and I grew up together on the same street (Ardmore Dr.) and three houses apart. Played Little League baseball together for the Dodgers. Sports always played a big part in our lives. I remember the following as if it were yesterday. One weekend we were in his garage and he showed me his boxing gloves. Of course we were young athletes so decided to strap on the gloves and box. We both connected at the same time in the face and quickly saw stars. Our boxing careers were short lived.
Sad to see Godfrey pass away. My condolences to his family.
January 14, 2020
I first met Godfrey when I tried out for the high school baseball team in my junior year. Later, when he moved back to Ft. Myers with Candace, he was my neighbor in Provincetown. One year at our class reunion Godfrey, Tom Hindson, Ted Ferreira and I played golf together. We all had a great time. Godfrey will be missed and I considered him a good friend.