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Robert Vincent Santopadre

January 6, 1939 ~ December 29, 2021 (age 82)

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Robert V. Santopadre, Sr., of Kenner, LA, passed away on Wednesday, December 29, 2021. He was born on January 6, 1939 in New Orleans, LA to the late Joseph Santopadre, Sr. and Jeannette Gagliano Santopadre. Robert is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Suzanne LeJeune Santopadre; his daughter, Regina Santopadre Harper; and his sons: Robert Jr. (Lisa), Paul, and Michael. Robert had a special place in his heart for his 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his two sisters-in-law, Linda Santopadre and Mary Lemoine, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph Jr. and Chris. The 3 brothers attended St. Paul's High School in Covington, LA as well as Robert's 3 sons. He graduated in 1958 and married his high school sweetheart, Suzanne, in 1959. Robert kept up with his St. Paul's "Silver Wolves" all throughout the years going to football games and first Friday breakfasts until he could no longer get around.
Robert served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years and had been on the USS Forrestal. He loved the military. After the Navy, he joined his parents in the family business, "Tip Top Shoe Repair." You could find Robert repairing or making shoes. He even covered the Queen of Carnival's shoes and fitted many Kings with their boots. He opened several children shoe stores and even owned a Western store because he loved being a cowboy.
In his later years, you could find him in his yard with his plants or in his workshop making wooden rocking horses, doll beds, or tables and chairs for the grandkids. He loved his family and his faith. Robert will be greatly missed. He's now in heaven free of pain and able to walk and maybe even playing a little football with the "Silver Wolves."
The family would like to give thanks to the staff at My Hospice. They were always there for the family during this difficult time.
Private services were held on Monday, January 10, 2022 under the care of Garden of Memories Funeral Home. Robert was laid to rest in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.gardenofmemoriesmetairie.com.

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