GARDINER – Rosario “Rosy” J. Santerre, 100, passed away peacefully at Woodlands Memory Care in Hallowell, Maine on Friday, December 3, 2021.
Rosy was born on November 2, 1921 in North Connor, Maine, son of Albert and Mattie Santerre. The family then moved to Waterville. Rosy graduated from Waterville High School where he played soccer and hockey, sparking a long-standing love for the sport.
Rosy married Iva Wing in May 1941. Their love lasted 44 years, endured two wars, welcomed three children, and has always been rooted in the family.
Shortly after their marriage, Rosy joined the United States Navy, serving aboard a ship during World War II until his liberation in 1945. After returning home, he worked at Bath Iron Works for a short time. period before joining the veterans administration staff in Togus. , Maine as an electrician. He soon began to build a house for his family in Gardiner – a labor of love that would have to wait as he was called upon to serve in the Navy again during the Korean War, when he was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. He picked up his hammer after his return, completing the construction of the house he had started and in which he and his family would live many happy years. He lived there until he became a resident of Woodlands in March 2021 at the age of 99.
Rosy and Iva bought property on Lake Tacoma in Litchfield in 1954, where he built a family camp. The first winter after camp ended, his vision of summers on the water and his passion for construction led him to his next project: a boat he built in the basement of his house with bulkhead doors. smaller than the boat was wide. Undeterred, Rosy found a way and the boat set sail in the summer of 1955. The lake has been a special gathering place for family and friends for several years, especially for her daughter, Gail, who spent many years there.
Hockey has been a big part of Rosy’s life. He played on many outdoor rinks for years until the construction of the Kennebec Arena in 1973. He was part of a group that brought hockey and skating to our region. There he played in the men’s league, coached youth hockey and, as a staff member, was often seen driving the Zamboni. When Camden Ice Vault replaced the old arena, the fireplace paid homage to it with the words “Rosy’s Rink of Dreams”.
Rosy also spent time on the slopes, driving the family to Sugarloaf Mountain almost every weekend for a few years before building a camp there in the early 1960s. Once the arena opened, he sold the Sugar Loaf camp, but still went to the mountains several times in the winter.
Rosy’s busy life also included a love of golf. He has been to the greens, played on local courses, and traveled with out-of-state golfing friends for enjoyable games on various courses. He has played in several leagues over the years and has been fortunate enough to play a few holes at a time thanks to the hospitality of Sheepscott Links in Whitefield. He last performed in the summer of 2019 at the age of 98.
To add to Rosy’s life of activities, he became a member of her grandson’s racing team, Steven Prescott. From Legends cars, they moved on to the PRO Truck series and then moved on to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series. He loved being with the team and their many adventures from 1990 to 2000. He also made some memorable road trips with his son-in-law Peter in a 1940 Ford. They drove for miles through Route 66 and adventures. in other states, always returning home with happy stories to share.
Throughout her century of life, Rosy has always been proud of and found joy in her family and friends. He will be sadly missed by many. May he rest in peace knowing that his legacy lives on. He was predeceased by his one-year-old son Elmer Kenneth in November 1947; wife, Iva Marie in March 1985; and his daughter, Gail Ann in November 2018. He is survived by his daughter Sandra and her husband Peter Prescott; granddaughter, Stacy Prescott and husband Michael Zerangue; grandson, Steven Prescott and wife Tracey and their children, Peter and Patrick Prescott, Tyler, Tanner, Tucker and Talia Nussinow.
The family send their sincere thanks and gratitude to the staff at Woodlands Memory Care and the hospice staff, as well as the caregivers who have served him at home before.
A celebration of Rosy’s incredible life will take place at the Camden National Bank Ice Vault at a later date to be announced.
Arrangements are made with Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner, Maine. Condolences, keepsakes and photos can be shared with family on the obituary page of the Staples Funeral Home website: http://www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com
Those who wish to remember Rosy in a special way can make gifts in her memory at:
Rosy Youth Hockey Scholarship Fund
c / o Camden National Bank Ice Vault
P.O. Box 216
Hello, ME 04347
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