Anthony J. 'Papa Tony' Santo Webster: Passed away on September 16, 2018. He was a devoted husband, loving father and papa. Predeceased by his parents, Joseph & Jennie Santo. He is survived by his loving wife, Elaine M. Santo of 38 wonderful years; daughter, Debra S. (Robert Jr.) Sacheli; grandchildren, Joelle N. (Peter A.) Roberti, Gabrielle M. Sacheli; brother, Richard J. Santo; brother-in-law, Robert (Michele) Celeste; sister-in-law, Gerry Gedeon; special cousin, Joan (Robert) Muto; dear friends Jim (Carol) DiMarsico, Peter (Elaine) Noto, Robert (Terry) Dumas; nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews; many loving family and friends. Anthony was an exceptional basketball player. On March 26, 1947, while in the eighth grade at Corpus Christi School, he was the Class B winner out of 293 contestants in the First Annual Democrat and Chronicle Basketball Contest at the Main Street Armory. His victory was all the more remarkable considering that he wore a brace on his left leg, the result of infantile paralysis. In 1962, at the age of 28, his brother Richard asked him if he would play on his basketball team in the Irondequoit Recreation League. The team went on to an undefeated season and won the East Side Championship with 12 straight wins. Anthony was the 2nd highest scorer on the team. He hadn't played basketball in over eight years. He also was an avid bowler. On March 8, 1964 he won the 24th Annual Times Union Bowling Classic firing a 1684 handicap total. Anthony spent his entire life working in the family business, Standard Dry Cleaners which his father founded in 1935. Eventually he would take over the operation until his retirement in 1996. He loved the casino, analyzing and talking about the stock market and most importantly watching his granddaughters play golf. He enjoyed watching all sports on TV, especially his favorite teams, the NY Giants and the NY Yankees. The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the staff at the Serenity House for their excellent caregiving and compassion. Tony's visitation will be held on Friday, September 21st 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson 1075 Long Pond Road Greece NY. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, September 22nd 9:00 AM at St. Louis Church 64 S. Main St. Pittsford NY. Entombment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Golisano Children's Hospital and Serenity House 1278 Brace Road, Victor, NY 14564. For more information and to sign his online guestbook, visit

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  1. I will NEVER forget Tony! He was a wonderful man full of humor and shenanigans! He had a kind heart and a very beautiful soul! He made me laugh a lot! I will miss him at Southfield

  2. So sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. We’ll miss seeing him stroll up and down~~and our humorous chats with him. God Bless you Tony. Rest in Peace.

  3. Never a stranger…always friendly and helpful!! I’ll miss seeing Tony( and Elaine) at the Casino…. May he Rest In Peace.

  4. Dearest Elaine, I am so sad to learn of Tony’s passing. He was such a gentle, kind soul. I will always remember how he would call you at B&L and then before he would hand up, he would have you put me on the phone so he could tell me a joke or some funny story and totally make my day. I am praying that you will find some peace and comfort knowing that he is not suffering. I know you were so concerned about that. Although he has left you in the physical sense, I know he will be watching over you every minute of every day until you meet again.

  5. My beautiful Elaine, I am profoundly sad and heartbroken for you and your family. We lost a beautiful man with a beautiful heart. I will always remember his ‘back-in-day’ stories about North Street, Ontario Street and especially that little ‘Cigar Store’ across from Billy’s Dry Cleaners. Love you my friend.

  6. That picture is the way I will always remember his smiling face and great humor.
    Tony you will be greatly missed by all of the Celeste Family!

    Our sympathies go out to all of you at this difficult time.

  7. Aunt:
    Uncle Tony was a wonderful man he was generous,
    Kind and love to make people laugh.
    He loved you more than life its self as you did him.
    You two had a love that is very rare to find today.
    Uncle T was so unquie to me tbecause he had a sense of calmness
    that surrounded him in everything he did. He made me feel better just being around him. Uncle Tony was the NFL
    He was the NewYork Giants and when I came home I would always want to spend Sunday’s with him watching football because to me he even made watching a football game better. Nothing will be the same without him and nothing in life will
    ever prepare us for losing a loved one.
    Thank you Uncle Tony for loving Michael and me so much and thank you
    for all the wonderful memories. I love you Unclle T now and forever
    GO GIANTS!!!!!!

  8. Cousin Elaine and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about your loss! You are all in our thoughts and prayers!

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