Harold “Sonny” Reid Santarelli, 84, passed away Monday, November 28, 2011 at Mainland Center Hospital. Sonny was born November 8, 1927 in Galveston to John and Katherine Soto Santarelli. He was a graduate of Kirwin High School’s Class of 1944. He joined the US Navy and proudly served his country from 1945-1948. He loved bowling, fishing, hunting, biking, and was an avid runner. Sonny ran the Boston Marathon twice, the New York Marathon once, and the Chicago Marathon in under three hours. In all, he ran over 20 marathons and at least two triathlons. He was a long-time resident of Bayou Vista for over 30 years.
Sonny is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, June Bernice Santarelli; his brothers, George, John, and William (Billy); and his sister, Evangeline (Vangie).
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn June Phipps-Santarelli, and his sister, Gloria Bishop.
The family will receive visitors beginning at 10 am Thursday, December 1, 2011 at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. Funeral service will begin at 11:00 am with Deacon Robert Standridge officiating. Graveside service will follow at Grace Memorial Park in Hitchcock, Texas.
Pallbearers are A. J. Amato, Edward “Skip” Burr, Tony Burrola, Jerry Johnson, Herb Parsons, Jamie Pohto, Kent Standefer, and Georgeanna Santarelli.
Carolyn would like to extend her heartfelt thanks to the Elm Croft (formerly Hearthstone) Senior Living Director and entire staff, to AMED Home Health and Hospice, to the doctors and staff of Mainland Center Hospital, and to all her friends for their care, concern, and consideration during this trying time. She would also like to thank her son, Skip, daughter, Kim, and husband, Tony, for always being there for her and for Sonny.