Gary Michael Santorso, 69, of Farmington, passed away on Sunday July 4, 2021 surrounded by his family at home. He was born on September 24, 1951 in Hartford and was the son of Mary (Fortunato) and the late William Santorso.
Gary was a graduate of Marianapolis Prep School in Thompson CT. In 1973 after his father's passing, he stepped into his role as manager of the family business, The Silo Restaurant of Farmington. He spent many afternoons at The Country Club of Farmington, perfecting his golf game. When the Silo closed in 2011, as hard as he tried, he could not stay away from his passion. In 2013 he came back to his hometown of Forestville and opened 150 Central.
For the last 8 years he put his heart and soul into his restaurant making it into the "Best of Bristol" year after year. He prided himself on his handpicked and dedicated staff, who no doubt made 150 Central the place to eat in town. In his downtime, he could be found riding his Harley and prided himself on planning out many epic rides for his friends in the WestConn Hog motorcycle club. Gary was a dedicated friend to many and once you became his friend, you were family.
Besides his mother Mary, Gary is survived by his daughter Kendra and her husband Chuck Lansdale of Plantsville, his beloved granddaughter Michaela, and his fiancée Donna Simcox. He also leaves behind his sisters Susan Jones and her husband Stephen of Farmington, his sister Lee Santorso of Forestville, his nephew Todd Jones and great-nieces Molly and Emma, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Besides his father William, Gary was predeceased by his brother-in-law, John Tavera.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to those special friends who helped us make Gary's final wish of coming home come true. Words cannot express how grateful we all are.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 from 4PM until 7PM at O’Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave. Bristol.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Brian’s Angels, www.briansangels.org or Plainville Food Pantry, www.plainvillefoodpantry.org.
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