Apri; 23, 1923 - October 4, 2016
Peter C. Santin, long-time home builder and real estate developer in Western New York, died Tuesday at his home in Cheektowaga following a long illness. He was 93.
Born in Assiano Decimo, Italy, in 1923, he immigrated to the United States in 1926.
He attended Technical High School in Buffalo, where he played football.
In 1952 he formed Peter Santin Construction Company and began building single-family residences. Over the next 30 years he built homes in Cheektowaga, Amherst, Tonawanda and Depew. In the 1970s he branched out into commercial real estate, and with partners such as John and Edward Ogiony and Pat Cipolla, developed a number of properties, including the Garden Village apartments, Garden Village Plaza, and the Wegmans Center on George Urban Boulevard.
Mr. Sanfin also was a serial entrepreneur, who at various times owned a commercial fishing boat in Alaska, a fishing and hunting outfitting business in Northern Canada, and a winery in Cambria called Niagara Wine Cellars.
An avid outdoorsman, he travelled extensively, making fishing, hunting, and photography expeditions to Colorado, Alaska, Northern Canada and Africa.
His hunting exploits were the subject of a 1982 Buffalo News Magazine article called “The Safari Hunter.”
Mr. Santin is survived by his wife of 68 years, the former Enis Panigutti; a son, Peter, and two grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Infant of Prague Church, 921 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.