“Death of Wigan’s Uncle Joe”

Mr Santus was in his 80th year when his death was recorded in 1953. The passing of Mr Santus was regrettable by all employees at William Santus & Co. Ltd as he was actively engaged until a few days before his death. He loved the factory and his work and was never happier than when planning the firm’s future and prosperity. Known by most as “Uncle Joe” Mr Santus left a wife and a daughter.

On the 27th July 1956, which would have been Mr Santus’ birthday, his only daughter Nellie also passed away. This was just three years after the loss of Mr William Santus. It is said that Nellie was extremely close to her father and that she never really got over his death.