John  Santos

John S Santos Sr.

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
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John Stephen Santos Sr., age 95, having resided in New Gloucester, ME and Millis, MA passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Central Maine Medical Center following a cancer diagnosis.
John was born in Needham, MA on July 3, 1924. He was the oldest of five children born to John and Mary (Picone) Santos. John is survived by his wife of 36 years, Mae (Queen) Santos of New Gloucester, ME, formally of Millis, MA.
John is also survived by his five children, Robin Rojee-Taillefer and her husband Joseph Taillefer of Norfolk, MA; Lisa Link and her husband John of Mequon, WI; John Santos Jr. of Franklin, MA; Charles Santos and his wife Kristen of Kennesaw, GA; Amy Pooser and James MacIntyre of Paeonian Springs, VA; and their mother Ellen Santos of Marietta, GA, formally of Millis, MA; and fifteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.
John is further survived by Mae’s children Nancy Alger and her late husband James of New Gloucester, ME; Richard Hunter of Bidderford, ME; Jim Queen of Limmington, ME; Bob Queen of New Gloucester, ME; and Karen Van De Werf and her late husband Harry of W. Bath, ME; and seventeen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
John served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was stationed on the USS Chara in the South Pacific where he drove invasion barges. He lived most of his life in Millis, MA where he enjoyed hunting, golfing, bowling, was a huge Red Sox fan and was a volunteer fireman. He and his parents were the owners of Millis Brook Farm, Greenhouses and Florist for over 35 years.
Almost 20 years ago he and his wife, Mae, retired to New Gloucester, ME. John quickly realized that retirement wasn’t for him. He built greenhouses and continued his passion for growing beautiful flowering plants. He also loved his trips to the casino and his faithful companion and ever-present comforter, Lucie the corgi. One of his joys was to travel the country in his camper to attend Veteran’s reunions. He was a member of numerous Veterans’ organizations including; Medway, MA, VFW post # 1526, American Legion post # 86 Gray, ME and Amvets post # 6 New Gloucester, ME.

Roberts Mitchell Caruso Funeral Home will preside over a graveside service at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Millis, MA. on Veterans Day; Monday, November 11, 2019 at 12:00PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in John’s name to:
Disabled American Veterans (
Shiners Hospital for Children ( or
St Jude Children’s Hospital (
For more information please call 508-376-2000 or visit
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  • Service

    Monday, November 11th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Monday, November 11th, 2019 12:00pm
    Prospect Hill Cemetery
    Auburn Road
    MILLIS, MA 02054
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  • Interment

    Prospect Hill Cemetery
    Auburn Road
    MILLIS, MA 02054
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Melissa Cameron

Posted at 09:57am
I’ll never forget the first time I met you, walking out of your room wearing “tighty whiteys”. Not a care in the world! Every time I’d visit I always left with a little something, stacks of greeting cards and calendars from the places you generously donated too. I’m so thankful to have known you and I’ll never forget your infectious laugh. RIP John. ♥️Melissa Cameron

Bob Queen

Posted at 10:55am
John you will be very missed, you were a great husband, father and grandfather/great grandfather to all of us.
So many fun times, you used to leave us in the dust whenever going out to eat or the casino, shopping....always
Way ahead of all of us...right up to your last few weeks, don’t know how you could walk so fast😁
When ever you wanted something done, you wanted it
You were always very thoughtful and loving to me and my children...they all loved you and will miss you.
Thank you for always being so good to my mother❤️ Rest In Peace, start partying with all your buddies up there.

Bob Queen Posted at 10:57am

This Post is from Nancy Alger...

Bob Queen

Posted at 10:32am
So many memories I would have to write a book to get them all in.going to miss going out to eat those famous T-bone steak,all the restaurants together,the memories I will always cherish building your greenhouses together,loading up my truck and delivering all your plants and flowers to all the friends and customers local and down to Portland.cant forget all the bean suppers we went to,Christmas fairs,you were a true grandfather to my 2 children,they loved you more than you know! And of course Lucie!! Was your little Dog as much as ours🙂. She will miss all your love and treats! Can’t forget about all the sports the games we shared and talked knew more than most.and of course the CASINO! I will think of you whenever I am there,awesome times! So much fun! Also that contagious laugh of yours when something funny would happen you would burst out. John you were more than a dad figure to me you we’re truly a great friend. And will be sadly missed but never forgotten.will always love you. R.I.P. Bob Queen.

Richard Dixon

Posted at 08:11am
Sorry to hear about uncle John ,I have fond memories of going to Market with him bringing his flowers inn at 5am it was great making reiths at the beginning of the holidays God bless

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