Anthony H. Santiago, 86, chief operating officer of A&L Holding Co. and Luke and Anthony Limited Partnership, died Wednesday (Sept. 19, 2001) in his Clarence home after a long illness.
Born in Cranston, R.I., Santiago moved with his family to Buffalo, where he attended Hutchinson-Central High School. He and his brother Luke joined the family wholesale produce business in 1935 and formed a small trucking company in 1940.
He built that business into Bison City Cartage Co., a produce broker and exclusive broker to the American Railway Express Freight Division. The company grew as a meat broker for Wilson Packing Co. and other major meat packing firms.
He and his brother formed A&L Holding Co. in 1953, acquired other motor carriers and served as a general commodity carrier until 1972. They also acquired numerous other businesses.
They served as construction contractors in Amherst and Buffalo in the early 1950s, owned and operated C&S Packard Automobile Agency in Cheektowaga from 1955 to 1958, built Transit Lanes in Amherst in 1959, purchased A.W. Stengel Construction in 1960, formed CMS Associates with another partner in 1961, built and leased Gardenville Industrial Park, the Metropolitan Insurance building and other properties in the West Seneca area that are currently operated by CMS Associates.
During the 1970s, they also operated a Tops supermarket franchise in Olean. In 1988, the brothers formed the Luke and Anthony Limited Partnership, which pursued real estate development and other investments. Santiago was involved with the partnership and A&L Holding until his death.
Santiago was an honorary lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus Council 184, the Consulate of Fathers, the Barmelite Fathers and many other religious orders.
He is survived by his wife, the former Irma Fratini; a brother, Alfred Santiago of Cheektowaga; and two sisters, Rose and Marie Santiago, both of Snyder.
Prayers will be said at 9:15 a.m. Monday in Amigone Funeral Home, 8440 Main St., Clarence, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Main Street and Harris Hill, Clarence. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.