In Memory of
John Francis DeSanto
December 6, 1927 - February 12, 2019
John Francis DeSanto, 91, of Sarasota, Florida and
formerly of Pleasantville, New York, died February 12,
John was born in New York City, the son of Margaret (Avolin)
and John T. DeSanto. He grew up in the Bronx and
graduated from St. Francis of Rome, Mount St. Michael
High School and Manhattan College. He was a United
States Army veteran.
The majority of Johnís career was spent at the Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey, from which he
retired in 1982 as Assistant Director of Personnel. From
1982 to 1986, he served as Vice President and Personnel
Director of the Long Island Railroad. For many years, he
also taught business classes at Pace University and the
University of Connecticut.
In 1977, the United Nations approached him to consider a
one year assignment teaching at the East African
Management Institute in Arusha, Tanzania. Following his
sabbatical working for the United Nations, he returned
to the Port Authority, while simultaneously consulting
on assignments for the Harvard School of Advanced
International Studies in Thailand, Pakistan and Brunei.
All of his teaching experiences allowed him to indulge
his love of shared knowledge and international travel.
John was predeceased by his wife of 44 years, Patricia
A. Farricker, and is survived by his wife of 22 years,
Mary Morphew DeSanto. Survivors include John and
Patriciaís children; Mary Pat McNally (William) of
Sarasota, FL, John F. DeSanto, Jr. (Christine) of New
York, NY, Stephen E. DeSanto (Leslie) of Aberdeen, NJ
and Margaret Hobbs (Russell) of Spring, TX. John is also
survived by seven grandchildren and six
greatgrandchildren, and Maryís children: Jerry Morphew
of St. Leo, FL, Terri Dye of Indianapolis, IN, six
grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank all Johnís caregivers in
the Carroll Center at The Glenridge at Palmer Ranch, for
their loving and dignified care over the last eighteen
months. Their devotion to his care is greatly
A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Thomas More Church
on February 25, at 9:30 am. Interment will be at The
Sarasota National Cemetery.