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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 www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com/obituaries, 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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