John ""JR"" Santiago

Mr. John R. “JR.” Santiago of Mount Dora, FL and formerly of Port Jervis, NY died unexpectedly on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, FL.  He was 72.

He was born November 11, 1946 in New York, NY the son of the late Juan R. Santiago and the late Olga  Morales Santiago.

JR proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam from 1965 – 1969.

He married Kathleen Cleary 48 years go on September 5, 1970 at Sacred Heart R.C. Church in Port Jervis, NY.

JR worked as a Vice President of Sales for Hallmark Nameplate in Mount. Dora, FL.

He was a past member of the Port Jervis Country Club and the Port Jervis Elk’s Lodge BPOE #645.  He was a member of the Country Club of Mount Dora and was a very supportive volunteer for the Special Olympics of Florida.

Surviving are:

Wife:                Kathleen Santiago                                                      At home

Daughter:        Sarah Santiago Green and her husband Charles      Eustis, FL

2 Grandchildren: Madalyn French & Coen French

Brother:           Richard Santiago and his wife Luann                         Tampa, FL

Sister-in-law:   Maureen Cleary                                                          Mount Dora, FL

Nephew:          Richard Santiago                                                        Tampa, FL

Also many Aunts, Uncles and extended family and good friends in both Florida and Port Jervis

There will be a memorial visitation on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 2:00 pm - 4:00pm followed by a memorial service at 4:00 pm at Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc., 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY

A burial of cremains will take place at a later date in St. Mary's Cemetery, Port Jervis, NY.

Memorial contributions may be made to:  Special Olympics of Florida, 1915 Don Wickham Drive, Clermont, FL 34711

Funeral arrangements are by the GRAY-PARKER FUNERAL HOME, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771 845.856.5191  For additional information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit