Paul A Santostasi

June 18, 1935October 31, 2019

Paul A. Santostasi was born in Harlem, NY, lived in the Bronx and Mt Vernon, NY. He graduated from Pennsylvania Military College and served as 2nd Lieutenant in the Army.

He later lived and worked in Norwalk, CT as a Mechanical Engineer. Paul moved his family to Sarasota in 1975 because he was tired of the cold weather. Paul was Founder and CEO of Suncoast Plastics. He invented a plastic closure (bottle cap) that later became popular on the Pepsi 2 liter bottle replacing the old metal top. His designed had patents for many sizes for food and beverage items. His design was the first "Tamper Evident" cap on the market.

From there, he developed a vitamin company known as Energy Factors in Largo, FL. In his retirement years he started Label Tape Systems where he developed a system to create personalized labels for resident's clothing in nursing homes.

He was the author and of an educational book called "The Rain Forest." It was written to educate children young and old of all the animals and rain forests that exist in the world.

Paul is survived by his loving children, Donna Hall (Dan), Lisa Castorani (Jim), Gina Snyder (Don) and son, Robert Santostasi; cherished grandchildren, Dana Hall, Ashley Hall, Candis Castorani Landers (William), Jamie Hegemier (Jay), Derek Snyder, Mimi Snyder, Paul Anthony Santostasi, Alexandria and great grandchildren, Leah and Paige Hegemier, Sophia Landers and companion Brigitte Cadario. He is preceded in death by his wife, Rose Marie and great granddaughter, Grace Lee Hegemier.

He was a loving father and grandfather always keeping his family close. His famous last words were:

I Did It My Way!


  • Visitation Friday, November 8, 2019


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Eric Cassano

November 8, 2019

To a man who at times was a father, a mentor, a challenger, Santa, a teacher, but Always My Uncle..... I say Farewell, but not goodbye. While I have not seen you in a while, and will not see you again in this lifetime, I see you daily in many things I do. I want to thank you for introducing me and many others to the game of business, the love of family and looking for the answer, even if you can’t see it.

My way ... it may not always be the most popular, but it is always the most true and genuine. It is the way that comes from all of who and what I am. Continue to do things your way and I will do them mine.

When you get to where your going, find the tiger and grab it’s tail and never let it go, but know that I am still holding my tigers tail down here and will forever remember!

Much Love!

Brigitte Cadario

November 8, 2019

I am so glad our paths crossed six years ago. I have always loved your positive attitude, giving nature and outlook on life. Your larger than life personality, your kindness and your ability to make people laugh will be sorely missed. So happy we had all of our adventures, cruises, Las Vegas and all our fun times together. Also, thank you for always embracing my whole family with your loving ways. You've left me with wonderful memories of our time together. I admired your courage always, but especially during your illness and in your final days. I will miss you terribly and love you always. Brigitte

Dr. Candis Castorani

November 7, 2019

From the time I was born, you were a constant. One of my foundational pieces in life and the stern north compass. You imparted upon all of us your drive, business spirit, leadership, and strong sense of family. You may not be with us anymore physically, but you have left a part of yourself within each of us. You will be forever in our hearts and memories. Until we meet again Poppop. <3


November 6, 2019

Paul and Rose Marie were so loving and gracious to the Hall Family. Especially to Harold and Rosemary always meant so much. Paul you will be missed by everybody that knew you.

Debbie Medina

November 6, 2019

I'm going to miss your stories reminiscing the good old Bronx days. My prayers and condolences to the family.
your " Bronx girl" Debbie

Tony Cassano

November 6, 2019

To my dearest friend, I will miss you so much, speaking to you once or twice a week for many years, sharing so much in our lives and knowing you for 75 years. The telephone won’t be ringing and I will miss it terribly. I will see you on the other side in our rocking chairs sitting on the porch with our friends looking at the green grass and trees. Love you & miss you, Tony

Darcee Nahill

November 6, 2019

I could always count on Paul to tell a good joke, so let the memories of your father provide you with comfort.
Wishing you all peace.

Edna Godoy

November 3, 2019

You will be sorely missed. You were my mentor, I learned so much from you dealing in the business world. My condolences for the family. He always quoted Frank Sinatra “I did it my way”.

Robert Santostasi

November 3, 2019

Miss and love you very much