A dedicated and hard-working man who had a love for nature and adventure

NORTH READING — John A. Santolucito, Jr., of North Reading, died Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, at age 62.

Born in Everett, Mass., on May 21, 1960, he was the son of the late John A. and Claire L. (Rivard) Santolucito, formerly of North Reading.

Family members include his loving sisters, Jean Dotolo of North Reading and Nancy Wederski of Belmont, N.H. He is also survived by nieces, nephews and great friends.

Shrinkwrap Jack! You are loved more than words could ever say…You could hold a great conversation! The impact that you made on the people, family, friends that crossed your path in these past 62 years.  You were a dedicated and very hard-working man. You took pride in what you did, how you treated people; you liked to have a good time and also knew how to be a great person.

You were funny! You would have me laughing so hard, and you always wanted to do the right thing. You were a free and wild spirit! You could ride fast like the wind. This man could operate with some skills of epic proportions!

You had a love for nature and also had a respect for it. You would talk to animals and let them know you liked them. You had a great and powerful love of the North Country! But you also had a love of the sea, living on the ocean for years, through winter storms and hot summer days or exploring and diving to deep depths, even through the ice with a safety line in Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire. You really loved riding your motorcycle; riding from Maine and down to the Tail of the Dragon through Tennessee and the Carolinas.

I would say that you had some amazing experiences in those 62 years. You also played many different roles. A son, a best friend, uncle, trusted person, father figure, reliable man of his word, a helper; even if someone needed the shirt off your back. That was you.

You were the kind of man who did things that were hard because it was what had to be done. You worked right to end. But you had a love for fun and having good times. I guess the old saying goes “you got to pay to play.” You earned those good times, memories and great stories! Sometimes you “just gotta stop for a minute, and take it all in.” Everyone should hope to live and experience as much as possible because life is too short. You will be missed greatly and never forgotten! You were taken from this world far too soon.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit: www.croswellfuneralhome.com.