Ronald D. Santos, who served with the Sandwich Fire Department for 28 years, died September 18. Mr. Santos was 80.

He was the husband of Ann (Ferazzi) Santos, to whom he was married for 61 years. The couple had moved from Forestdale to Simpsonville, South Carolina, several years ago.

The son of Antonio and Mary (Cabral) Santos, he was born and raised in Plymouth. He graduated from Plymouth High School in 1959 and, the same year, enlisted in the US Army. He completed his service in 1962.

Mr. Santos started his career as a firefighter/EMT for the Town of Sandwich and retired as the fire inspector.

As the department fire prevention officer, it was Mr. Santos’s task to review all building plans, inspect building sites to insure the structures were up to code, offer educational programs at the schools, and conduct quarterly fire safety inspections for all businesses in town. He came to work for the department in July 1977 and was appointed as its first-ever fire prevention officer in January 1997.

Upon his retirement in August 2005, firefighters threw a going-away party for Mr. Santos at the American Legion hall. More than 150 people attended.

A member of the Knights of Columbus, council #2911 in Bourne, he served as the Grand Knight from 1976 to 1977. He also belonged to the Clark-Haddad American Legion Post 188 and was a member of the Mid-Cape Jaycees. Mr. Santos represented Sandwich on the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee.

In addition to his wife, he leaves three daughters, Lisa Franks, Natalie Smith, and Elizabeth Begin; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and extended family.

No public services have been announced.

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