Stephen “George” Santa, age 91 and member of the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association (CEMA), passed away on August 16.
Born on February 28, 1928 in Bridgeport, CT, Santa graduated Stratford High School 1946 where he was a member of the football team and class president. He served his country with two tours of duty in the U.S. Marine Corps. He also played semi-professional football for the Stratford Rockets. With his three brothers, Santa led his family’s company, Santa Energy, through 30 years of growth. After his active daily leadership career, he went on to become Chairman of the Board then finished out his nearly 80 years with the family firm as Director Emeritus.
In addition to his wife of 66 years, Barbara Tracy Santa, Santa will be remembered by his four children, Stephen Tracy of Colorado Springs, CO and children Beatrice and Margot; Georgianne Sheehy, her husband Stephen of Arlington, VA and children Annie and Ellen; Rosalyn Porter, her husband Christopher of Alexandria, VA and children Stephen and Macey; Edward, his wife Mary Catherine of Huntington and children Claire, Catherine, and Charles; two brothers, Donald and wife Jane of Stratford, John and wife Irene of Southport, sister Stephaine De Forest and husband Bert of Southbury, sister-in-law Janet of Huntington, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Norman Santa.
Santa was part of the Independent Connecticut Petroleum Association, the New England Fuel Institute, Bridgeport Area Foundation, Bridgeport Regional Business Council, United Way of Eastern Fairfield County, Bridgeport Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus as well as memberships in the Algonquin Club and the Brooklawn Country Club.
He was appointed by the Governor to the Connecticut Clean Air Task Force which developed the state’s Clean Air Program. He was honored as Connecticut Oilman of the Year in 1970 and inducted into the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame. He was a trustee of the University of Bridgeport. Santa supported the Cardinal Shehan Center and its work in the Bridgeport community. He was a founding member of St. Lawrence Church where he was the Trustee Emeritus.
His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, August 22 at 10:30 a.m. in Saint Lawrence Church, 505 Shelton Ave., Huntington, CT. Following mass he will be buried with full military honors at Lawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to either: The Stephen J. and Madelyn M. Santa Environmental Fund c/o Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, 40 Richards Ave., Norwalk, CT 06854, or the Cardinal Shehan Center, 1494 Main St., Bridgeport CT 06604.
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