Rudolph Santos Sr., 79

Aug 06, 2017

Rudolph A. Santos Sr., “Rudy,” 79, of Wareham passed away Aug. 4 at home after a long illness. Rudolph was the husband of Marion R. (Best) Santos also of Wareham. Rudolph was born in New Bedford the son of the late Antonio and Cecelia (Andrade) Santos.

He is survived by his children; Rudolph A. Santos Jr. of Raynham and Tracy Santos of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He was the stepfather of Paul Randon of Wareham, Bruce Randon Plymouth, Martin Randon of Wareham and Sandy Randon of East Bridgewater. He was the brother of Diane Ragland of Pennsylvania, Veronica McGinnis of Brockton and Manuel Santos of East Taunton. He was also survived by 11 grandchildren, four great grandchildren and many loving relatives and friends. He was the father of the late Mark and Cecelia Santos and brother of the late William and Stanley Santos.

Funeral service and committal will be held on Aug. 9 at 11 a.m., in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 74 High St. Visiting hours have been omitted. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. To leave a message of condolence for the family, visit Arrangements by Wareham Village Funeral Home, 5 Center St.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Edward Andrade | Aug 15, 2017 11:39

Rudy Santos was my best friend. Like his father,Tony, who was a very popular figure in New Bedford, Massachusetts when I was a youngster, however, Rudy took it well beyond. Although, he never obtained a high political office which was his natural calling. Like a Lincoln type politician, he showed great upward mobility in that he did rise much higher than from where he started - in the brick yard, the extremely poverty stricken neighborhood, in West Bridgwater, Massachusetts.

Rudy began his natural leadership as a young adult in the development of the Cape Verdean Association of Brockton, Massachusetts as the founding chairman and therefore began his long career as a person of influence in community affairs. With his melodias, booming voice, he could command a positive response from a wide audience and he enjoyed any opportunity to do it. As an example, on occasion, he would perform on stage at a summer playhouse on Cape Cod with his melodias voice in speech and song.

Rudy was my Kumpadr, and I knew him to be a very complicated man. He could behave in a very gentle, polished manner while at the same time show a tough aggressiveness from his  high school football career.

Although Rudy was never far from the rugged lifestyle of the brickyard however, he was determined to seek education and he successfully developed into a polite, well-mannered, individual, for which he was known. Because of his exceptionally warm manner, I became very attached to him as had many others. We had a long and special relationship. At one point in my life, I even moved to Onset, Massachusetts to be near him.

Rudy had an exceptional commitment to Cape Verdean Culture, while at the same time he could maintain solid relationships with all races and nationalities.

While some of us may  want remember him for the strength of his voice, or for his legacy of strong community involvement, in the final analysis, Rudy was loved by many who knew him because  he related to you like family, in fact he claimed a great number of us as his family. He was Uncle Rudy! If you saw him, with that warm smile, at Walmart or outside of The Onset Postoffice you would automatically greet him and stop for a chat.

Rudy was a very popular figure in Wareham and his passage now leaves a missing spirit in his town.

I think I speak for many of us that we want to thank Rudy for being here with us and leaving such warm memories. We wish him a well deserved farewell.

Rudy, my dearest friend, I will miss you very much. Te Logu

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