"Uncle" Bob Santos passed away on August 27, 2016. • Photo by Joe Mabel
“Uncle” Bob Santos passed away on August 27, 2016. • Photo by Joe Mabel

A celebration and remembrance in honor of Robert “Uncle Bob” Santos will be held on Friday, September 23 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at WaMu Theater at CenturyLink Field (800 Occidental Avenue S., Seattle, WA 98134), located on the corner of S. Royal Brougham Way & Occidental Avenue S. For directions, click here. The public is invited to attend.

The event will be held on the edge of Seattle’s International District/Chinatown where Uncle Bob dedicated his life to develop and preserve.

Uncle Bob is survived by his wife, Sharon Tomiko Santos, his children Danny, Simone Busby, Robin, Tom (Nancy), John (Meagan), and Nancy V. Santos; 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Uncle Bob has been entrusted to the care of Butterworth Arthur A. Wright Chapel, 520 West Raye Street, Seattle, WA 98119. Public visitation will be on Monday, September 12, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, September 13, from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, remembrances be given to the following community nonprofit organizations:

International District Emergency Center: P.O. Box 14103, Seattle, WA 98114

The late Donnie Chin devoted his life to IDEC, training youth and coordinating neighborhood safety and emergency services, as he was doing when he was killed by gunfire a year ago. During the past year, Uncle Bob led efforts to bring Donnie’s killer to justice.

InterIm CDA: 310 Maynard Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98104
This is the first International District/Chinatown organization that Uncle Bob started back in the early 1970s. In addition to building affordable housing and finding creative ways to preserve and develop the ID/Chinatown, InterIm spawned many community organizations from the Asian Counseling & Referral Services, International Community Health Services, the ID Housing Alliance as well as IDEC. Uncle Bob was executive director or interim executive director at least four times over the decades.

Cards and letters can be sent to: P.O. Box 28992, Seattle, WA 98118-8992

Correction (9/5/16 at 9:35 a.m.): The InterIm mailing address was incorrect in the original posting of this story.

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