Mike Santella — son of Lou and Marge Santella, longtime Saugatuck residents — died last week. He was 54.
Longtime friend Tristan Marciano recalls Mike’s “broad smile, fun-loving demeanor, great strong spirit, and vibrant lust for enjoying life.”
Staples High School 1982 classmate John Rosene — who bonded with Mike over the Polar Bear Club — remembers that “even his bad jokes were funny. And there were plenty of those.”
Whenever they got together after high school, they picked up where they’d left off. John calls Mike “a caring, jovial character who made our world a better place.”
A celebration of Mike’s life is set for Sunday, January 7 (4 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Ridgefield).