Santacroce, Benedict (Benny) J. devoted father to 3 children and husband of Jean (Rita) Santacroce for 63 years, passed away Sunday, December 25, 2022.
Born in Boston, MA to the late Alessandro and Regina (Minerella) Santacroce. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Joseph (Joe), Marguerite, Constantino (Gus), and Rosina (Rose). Benny was born and raised in Massachusetts where he began his career as a carpet installer at the age of 16.
He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 at Camp Atterbury (Indiana) and Fort Carson (Colorado). At home, Benny enjoyed fishing, “going to the track” for horse racing, and reading the Boston Globe from beginning to end, daily. He was the rock of the family, silent but always present. His most important role was being the head of his family. Being the father of three girls and their spouses, Regina and Bob Gemma of Ashland, Beth and Al Secinaro of Newton, and Charlene and Erik Treves of Huntsville, AL.
Benny took on a custodial job at Newton City Hall for almost 20 years. It was his lifelong mission to instill an honest work ethic in his children and grandchildren, which he succeeded greatly. When he wasn’t working, Benny enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He leaves behind his grandchildren Christopher and his wife Katrina, Matthew, Adrianna and her fiancé Will, Rachel, and Katrina. He was greeted by his eldest granddaughter, Kimberly Charlene Gemma in Heaven. Adding to his joy, he has two great grandchildren: Joseph Rocco and Sophia Jean Gemma who will miss him dearly. Benny will also be missed by his furry companion, Petunia, affectionately known as “Joe”.
Family and friends will honor and remember Benny’s life by gathering for visitation in the back of the church from 9:15 – 10:15am, and a Funeral Mass following at Our Lady Help of Christians, 573 Washington St., Newton, on Tuesday, January 3. Interment will follow in Newton Cemetery.
Remembrances may be made in Benny’s name to: Tunnel to Towers Foundation. For online tributes, kindly visit https://t2t.org/donate/ No flowers please!