SANTO, Richard James “Dick”
July 4, 1934 – August 6, 2019
Dick passed away peacefully in his home with family by his side on August 6, 2019. Dick is survived by his wife of 39 years Patricia “Trish”; son George (Cathie), granddaughter Samantha (Curt) and their children Benjamin, Joey and Jane, grandson Andrew (partner Ian); and daughter Michelle; nephews Bob (Cyd), Patrick (Darlene), Bill (Allison), Ron (Vi), Michael and all their children and grandchildren; nieces Sandra, Sherrill, Patty (Eric), Marnie and Kerry; sisters-in-law Lenora (Carlyle) and Shirley (Edward). He was predeceased by his parents Alexander and Margaret; brothers Calvin (infant twin of Carlyle), Robert, John, Edward, David and Carlyle; sisters Jean, Phyllis and Edythe.
As a young man Dick became a helper in a Saskatchewan Wheat Pool Elevator at Kipling until he was old enough (21) to be bonded. He became the elevator agent at Neelby in 1957 and started a 37 year career in the grain business with SWP. From running a bigger elevator in Vibank to Field Man, Country Services in Assiniboia and area to Grain Manager, Industrial Division, Saskatoon to Director of Grain Procurement CSP Foods and finally ending his career as Manager of Special Crops in Saskatoon in 1990.
During retirement he took up wood-working, making especially fine pieces of furniture that varied from an entertainment centre, a desk, tables, night tables, chest of drawers, cedar chests, all from the finest oak and cherry. A member of the Saskatchewan Woodworkers Guild he learned skills from other ‘woodies’ but was mostly self-taught. After he purchased a lathe he turned bowls, pen and pencil sets, pepper mills – most of his creations were gifts to family members but also filled our home with beautiful one-of-a-kind furniture.
The cottage he built at Kenosee still stands and the golf skills he learned on Kenosee Golf Course carried over to Greenbryre Golf Course when he joined Ken, Ken and Wayne for a round.
One of the greatest joys in his life was to see his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Being a grandfather and great-grandfather meant a great deal to him because he never knew his grandfathers who passed away before he was born.
The family would like to thank the Home Care nurses and Palliative Care nurses for their excellent care.
His talents, his wisdom, generosity and card playing ability will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
At Dick’s request, no funeral service will be held.
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