Chris A. Santilli, 50, a lifelong resident of Monaca, passed away unexpectedly on May 13, 2009.
He was born July 21, 1958, in Rochester, a son of Antonio Santilli of Monaca and the late Carmella (Petrella) Santilli. Chris attended Monaca High School. He held a CDL (license) and was last employed as a truck driver with Beemac Trucking, Ambridge. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed camping and fishing and had an enthusiasm for nature. He was a gifted and multi-skilled craftsman who could repair practically anything. His interests also included motorcycles (Chris rode a Kawasaki), cooking and flying (he previously held a private pilot’s license). He was a caring person who was known for his generosity in helping others, for his humor and for his never ending stories he provided and entertained many over the years.
He was preceded in death by his mother, and a grandson, Mason Cooley Santilli.
He leaves his father, Antonio Santilli of Monaca; three daughters, Michele Barkfelt and her fiance, Sean Cook; Carmella Marie Santilli and Melody Kay Santilli; a grandson, Carmine Cooley Santilli; two brothers, Anthony Santilli and his wife, Darlene, and Nickie Santilli, and loving friends, Wendy Harker, Lou Little, Arlena Harker, Jim (Annie) Stiger and Teddy Edder.
Friends will be received Tuesday, May 26, 2009 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the SIMPSON FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, 1119 Washington Ave., Monaca, (724-728-4000), where prayers will be offered on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at St John the Baptist Catholic Church, Monaca.
Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorial contributions be made, if desired, to the Verland Foundation, 212 Iris Rd, Sewickley, PA 15143-2400. Chris supported and routinely participated in the Verland Motorcycle Runs.
For online condolences, directions and other information, please visit www.simpsonfuneralhome.com.