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December 8, 2013

Santo P. Sammataro, 88

Sun City, AZ — Santo (Sam) P. Sammataro, 88, died peacefully, with his family by his side, at the Hospice of the Valley in Arizona.

Mr. Sammataro was born in Lawrence, Mass., on September 25, 1925, and was the son of Frank and Rose (DeFrancesco) Sammataro. He and his wife and best friend, Nancy, had lived in Derry, N.H., for many years, before moving to Arizona in 2003 to be near his daughter and family.

While residing in the Lawrence area, he received his education in the Lawrence School System.

For many years, Sam was employed as an auditor with the Internal Revenue Service, and worked at Raytheon in Andover/Bedford before retiring and moving with his wife to Sun City.

During World War II, Mr. Sammataro served his country in the U.S. Army as a Rifle Marksman before his honorable discharge at war’s end.

Sam enjoyed Scrabble and crosswords, loved a good joke, and enjoyed reading, traveling, and playing the clarinet. He was an avid golfer and a Civil War buff. Most of all, he treasured time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Nancy (Morin) Sammataro; his children, Robert Sammataro of Alabama, Pamela and her husband, Francis Fox of Methuen, and Gail and husband, Chris Block of Glendale, Ariz.; brothers, George and wife, Joan Samataro of Salem, N.H., and

Francis and wife, Mari Samataro of Alabama; sister Kathleen and her husband, Gus Reres of New Jersey; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Santo was predeceased by his daughter, Carol Harris, who died in 1997.

ARRANGEMENTS: Friends will be warmly received on Tuesday, December 10, from 10 to 12 p.m., at the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 12 p.m., at the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home, 233 Lawrence Street, Methuen, with burial to follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Lawrence.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Valley, North Sun City, 17225 Boswell Blvd., Sun City, Arizona 85373, or hov.org.