Peter M. Santoro, Sr. 79, of Cheshire, passed away unexpectedly at the Highland Health Care Center, Cheshire on Friday, April 4, 2014..  He was the husband of 55 years to Helen Levenduski Santoro.  Peter was born in New Haven on January 3, 1935; son of the late Luigi and Filomena Cassella Santoro; served his country faithfully in the US Army until he was honorably discharged; was a member of the Teamsters Local #443 and had worked as a truck driver for Carrano’s Express for many years.  He was an avid artist, fisherman and golfer.  Father of Deborah Verdone and her husband Joseph, Peter M. Santoro, Jr. and his wife  Donna, Louis Santoro and his wife Michele.  Grandfather of Joey & Marissa Verdone, Stephen & Laura Santoro, Cassandra & Isabella Santoro.  Brother of Anna Marie DiRubbo and the late Connie DeMatteo.

His funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, Tuesday morning at 9:30.  A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Monica Church, Northford at 10:00.  Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery.  The visiting hours will be Monday from 5 to 8 pm.