Avelino Al Santos Jr. The Trumpet Player 86 of Ludlow died Wednesday evening February 18 in a Wilbraham nursing home. Born in Chaves Portugal on January 20, 1923 he was son of the late Aurea (Rocha) and Avelino Santos Sr. with his parents he came to the United States at 21 months of age. Educated in local schools he was a graduate of Springfield Trade School he proudly served his country during WW II as a Technician Fifth Grade serving in the Army of the United States in the Attached Band Special Troops of the 94th Infantry Division. He retired as a machinist polisher for Hoover Universal of East Longmeadow with many years of service. He was a member of Musicians Local 171 of Springfield, and his passion was the trumpet. A noted musician and composer, he loved to entertain, he played with the Larry Chesky Orchestra, and led the AL Santos Orchestra he also played in numerous Memorial Day Parades in the Town of Ludlow with various marching bands. He is survived by his loving wife of over 38 years, Marilyn (Duggan) Santos, their daughter Allison Santos Martins and her husband Sergio of Ludlow, his son Rick Santos and his wife Annmarie of Ludlow, his daughters Lola Rex and her husband Dennis of Belchertown, Darlene Swisczc and her husband Louis of Chicopee a step son Steven Crowell Sr and his wife Dawn of Springfield. Cherished grandfather of Alyssa and Brandon Martins, Tiffany and Ricky Santos, Steven, Cody, and Matthew Crowell, and Patrick Rex. Al is also survived by his faithful cainine companion Alex. He is also survived by many extended family members and friends.
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Funeral Services celebrating his life will be Monday February 23 with family and friends gathering at 9 AM at the Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home 64 Sewall St. Ludlow followed by a 10 AM Liturgy of Christian Burial in Saint John the Baptist Church at 10 AM Msgr. Homer P. Gosselin will preside. Rites of Committal with Military honors will follow in Island Pond Cemetery.