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SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. – John J. “Baby John” DeSantis, 73, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at his residence, surrounded by his loving wife and family.

Born in Pittock, Pa., he was a son of Lorenzo and the late Velia DeSantis.

John was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, karate black belt expert and an avid painter. A devoted grandfather, he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to his father, Lorenzo of Boardman, is his wife of 43 years, Shirley DeSantis of Surfside Beach; a son, John Lorenzo DeSantis of Surfside Beach; two daughters, Deborah (Alan) Nicholas of Surfside Beach and Gina (David) Whritenour of Lumberton, N.C.; five grandchildren, Joseph DeSantis, Lizlynn, Kendall and Allan Peters, Nadine Whritenour; a brother, Frank (Michele) DeSantis; and a sister, Florence (Paul) Harkey.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael Catholic Church with Father John Bosco officiating.

Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, with a prayer vigil to be prayed at 6 p.m. at the Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made in John’s name to Regency Hospice, 11943 Grand Haven Drive, Suite A, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.

Visit, where an online guestbook is available.

The Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Guestbook Entries

“Dear Shirley, Fond memories of Johnny. Hopefully, my mom & Dad are laughing with him now. Love, Tom & Anne Navarra ”

 » tom navarra on February 27, 2013

“Good bye old friend,Shirley, God bless you and your family. Ed & Jean”

 » edward fleischer on February 27, 2013

“Flo & Frank my deepest sympathy what a great guy sorry for your loss.”

 » Joe Petrella on February 28, 2013

“John was a great guy. I always enjoyed working with him.”

 » Ken Carter on February 28, 2013

“Shirley and family , sincerely sorry to hear of my friend John passing . He was a real union guy and a wonderful person . Thanks for all of your help and concern Johnny .”

 » Mike Garthwaite on March 6, 2013

“I miss my father everyday. He was a great man and loved by everyone. I will see you again one day dad. I love you. ”

 » John L DeSantis on August 20, 2015

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