Thomas  Santa Barbara

Thomas Allen Santa Barbara

Monday, May 11th, 1959 - Saturday, January 11th, 2020
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Thomas Allen Santa Barbara Sr. Age 60 passed away on January 11, 2020 at home after a long and brave battle with cancer surrounded by the love and support of his family and friends.

Tom Retired from the Delaware Department of Transportation. He had previously worked at Angersteins, Bayside Security and Harvey Hanna/ Waste management. He had also retired from the Delaware Air National Guard 166th after 24 years of service where he held positions with the Military Police, Fire Service and finally retired in Roads and Grounds. While in the Delaware Air National Guard he served tours of duty in Israel, Kuwait, Hurricane Katrina, U.S. Border and the 56th presidential inauguration detail.

Tom’s true passions were spending time with his family and the fire service. He followed in a long distinguished line of firefighters starting with his grandfather, his father and his eldest brother. Tom was a lifetime member of Five Points Fire Company and Elsmere Fire company where he held the positions of engineer and firefighter.Later in life, Tom joined the Delaware State Fire Police Association where he continued his service as an elected Secretary. When Tom wasn't serving his community he enjoyed spending time camping at Holly Lake campground with family and friends.

Tom is preceded in death by his father, Paul J. Santa Barbara Jr; his mother, Edith M. (Peg) Santa Barbara; eldest brother, Paul J. Santa Barbara III; and mother-in-law , Joan M. Dal Gesso with whom he lived for many years.

Tom is Survived by his beloved wife, Maria Santa Barbara; his son, Thomas Santa Barbara Jr; daughter, Sophia Wonder (Shaun); two grandchildren, Alyana and Shaun Wonder; his brother, Michael R. Santa Barbara Sr. (Terri); his sister, Patricia Moore (John); his two godchildren (nieces), Heather Santa Barbara and Kaithlyn Moore; sisters-in-law, Karen Lattanzio (Sam) and Tina Paxson (Eric) and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the service for Tom at Krienen-Griffith Funeral Home, 1400 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilm., DE 19805, on Friday, Jan 17 at 12:00 noon. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00am-12:00 noon. Interment will take place at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 17th, 2020 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Friday, January 17th, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Krienen-Griffith Funeral Home
    1400 Kirkwood Hwy.
    WILMINGTON, DE 19805
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, January 17th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Friday, January 17th, 2020 12:00pm
    Krienen-Griffith Funeral Home
    1400 Kirkwood Hwy.
    WILMINGTON, DE 19805
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery
    2465 Chesapeake City Rd.
    BEAR, DE 19701
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Edward "Mike" Rush, Jr.

Posted at 02:47pm
I was very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I wish I could have made the services, but please accept my most sincere condolences. Tom's family is in my thoughts and prayers.

-Edward "Mike" Rush, Jr.

Love, Anne Cloud

Posted at 01:46pm
Tommy will be in our hears forever. He touched so many with his smile and humor. With deepest sympathy to Maria and your family. Tommy will be missed.
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