July 20, 1927 – April 23, 2019
On the morning of Tuesday, April 23, 2019, Paolino (Paul) Santacroce passed away in his home at the Village at Mariners Point in East Haven, Ct. Paul was approaching his 92nd birthday this July.
Paul was born in a small town outside Palermo, Italy to Giovanni and Vincenzina Santacroce. Paul was one of eight children.
In 1948, at the age of 21, Paul came to America and settled in Queens, NY.
In 1952, Paul was drafted into the United States Army where he served in the infantry division and fought in the Korean War. As a result of his bravery and heroism at the “Battle of Pork Chop Hill”, Paul was awarded an array of medals which included two Bronze Service Stars, U.N. Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, two overseas bars and a National Defense Medal.
Upon return to America from active duty, Paul married Rosemarie Marino and had five children together. Paul worked at and later owned/ operated his own pizzeria for many years. Paul was an avid gardener and bocce player. He also enjoyed watching and playing soccer with his children.
Upon retirement, Paul moved to Florida, he enjoyed many years there with his siblings Rosaria, Angelina, Elena, Filippa and Giuseppe along with extended family.
In November of 2017, Paul relocated to East Haven, Ct where he resided in the Village at Mariners Point. He enjoyed his remaining year and a half spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Paul is preceded by his mother, Vincenzina, father, Giovanni, and twin sisters Angelina and Rosaria.
He is survived by his children, Marie Russo (Martin), Vivian Terranova (Jack), Paula Velarde (Scott), Vincent Santacroce and Cathy Traca (Joseph); grandchildren, Dominick, Mason, Paul, Mariano, Sarah, Philip, Ava, John Paul, Andrew, Savanna, and Joseph Rocco.
Paul was a hardworking man who was always willing to sacrifice for his wife and children to ensure they were safe and provided for. He will always be remembered for his love and commitment to his family and his Country.
In lieu of Flowers, donations can be made in Paolino’s name to VA Connecticut HealthCare System, 950 Campbell Ave., West Haven, CT 06516, Attention: Mark Frazee CAVS.
- Burial Monday, April 29, 2019
May 2, 2019
I will miss you very much because you are important to me. I will always remember when you talked about Rascal, the ice skating rink, the vegetables that you grew in your garden and much more. I will always remember when you came to my house and you talked to me about the things I did and you were always very proud of me.
I will never forget you!
May 2, 2019
Dear, Grandpa, I will miss you! I remember visiting you and you would always be downstairs waiting for us before we were even there. You had a lot of pictures in your room. I remember when you used to visit us and you taught my mom how to make pasta with broccoli. You loved watching us grow up and you loved us all very much and we loved you as well. I remember your funny stories you would tell. You used to be very competitive in boccie and you were very good at it. You were a very good grandpa to me and I hope you are watching over me as I'm writing this. Rest in peace Grandpa I love you!
May 2, 2019
May 2, 2019
May 2, 2019
You will never be forgotten and we will always pray for your dear soul. I hope you are in a good place now and at peace.
And I have to say Dad, thank you for helping me get to know you again....and for my children to get to know their grandfather a little better.....You were such a long time in Florida that I felt like I lost touch with you Dad. And even though it was a brief time that you were closer to us, I feel like we reconnected again. We enjoyed spending these last years with you....reminiscing about ol' times in Italy, ol' times together as a family and just enjoying each others company. Thank you Dad, also, for working so hard for us when we were growing up, and always wanting the best for us. I will pass those examples on to my children and teach them with hard work and sacrifice you can accomplish great things in this life and in the next. I pray that Our Dear Lord and Our Lady have mercy on your soul and meet you in Paradise as we hope to meet you there again some day too.
With Love, Prayers, and Gratefulness Always,
Your Eldest Daughter, Vivian
Your Son-in-Law, Jack
And Your Grandchildren, Sarah and Philip
April 29, 2019
I am so sorry , I had the opportunity to get to know and care for Paul at the village, he always spoke so fondly and was so proud of his family, I'll miss him singing to me every morning (in Italian) he will always have a place in my heart.