Claudio A. Fariasantos

December 10, 1952 - March 20, 2023

12/10/1952 - 03/20/2023

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A memorial service in early May will be announced here soon.

With profound sadness, we announce that Claudio Antonio Faria Santos, 70, of Richmond Virginia, passed away on March 20th 2023. He is survived by his partner and wife, Susan; children, Eliza, Kristopher, and Maxwell; his niece, Patricia, who resides in Brazil and many others who cherished him. He was tragically predeceased by his eldest son, Daniel, his parents, his siblings, a sister,Maria do Carmo Macedo Faria Santos, and brother , Paulo Antonio Fraga Faria Santos.

Claudio was born on December 10th, 1952 to José Luiz Albuquerque de Faria Santos and Rosa Fraga Macedo in Rio de Janeiro. In 1973, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in geological engineering from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.  From 1979 to 1981 Claudio did some post-graduate work in soil mechanics and foundation engineering at the Universidade de São Paulo before immigrating to the United States in 1982 where he earned both a master’s degree in mining engineering in 1986 and a Doctorate in mining engineering in 1988 from The Pennsylvania State University. His work in his doctorate program included research work and studies in the field of rock mechanics. For 48 years, Claudio engaged in geotechnical science and all phases of mining as a passion. He was registered in multiple states as a Professional Engineer.

His diverse employment spanned from Promon Engenharia in Brasil to Marshall Miller & Associates, a mining and environmental consulting firm, A.T. Massey Coal Company, Evan Energy Company, and Novus Mining Company in the United States. As he sequentially developed and oversaw more than a dozen mines worldwide, Claudio emphasized betterment and safety for those workers and for the environment. 

At home, he championed critical thinking and life-long academia. Claudio was a polyglot fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and English and he was also certainly conversational in German, French, Russian, and even Latin. His thoughts were truly worldly, born from a love of flying since his younger days as a pilot in the azure skies over Brazil and The Pennsylvania State University. His experience was constantly extended to his family, friends, and, frankly, anyone he spoke to for more than only a few minutes. Claudio was patient, kind, courteous, and amicable to everyone he met. The rare dialogues in which he did not offer a relevant anecdote were usually punctuated by being lost in thought. His study’s library hosts classics which encompass the human condition, something which helped mold him into an incredibly empathetic person. Claudio once loved to have been called a diamond-in-the-rough, because that would be putting slag to good use.

Descanse em paz, Claudio.

A memorial service in early May will be announced here at a later date.

 

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IRACEMA GATTO MONTENEGRO
2 days ago

Com muita tristeza e surpresa pelo falecimento do jovem alegre, irreverente e comunicativo que conheci em 1972 como Professor de Inglês, no Centro Educacional Grande Rio quando fui sua aluna. Recordo de sua leveza e alegria ao ensinar. Externo,aqui, meus sentimentos de pesar aos familiares e amigos. Sempre viva ficará a recordação de sua bela trajetória nesta etapa de vida. Que seja de luz sua nova jornada no plano superior. Iracema Gatto

Paula Horne
1 year ago

Dear Susan, Please accept my heartfelt condolences! Words cannot begin to express the sadness you are feeling right now, but I am praying for you to get through this. God bless you and may the soul of Claudio rest in the everlasting peace of Christ. Paula H.

IE Faria Santos de Albuquerque e Proença
1 year ago

É quase inacreditável pensar que meu primo Claudinho não está mais entre nós. Apesar da distância sempre o tive em meu coração e em belas lembranças. Seus lindos olhos, sua voz tão marcante, sua inteligência excepcional o tornavam um ser humano único. Que Deus o receba com muito amor, ele é merecedor!
Susan e primos, obrigada por terem amado tanto o nosso querido e eterno Claudinho.

Wainer e Regina Coeli da Silveira e Silva
1 year ago

Com muita tristeza, recebemos a notícia do passamento de nosso querido amigo Cláudio. Não esqueceremos jamais da alegria e do vigor que vinham sempre impressos em sua voz e suas atitudes! Amigo fiel, homem correto, pai de família exemplar, ele estará sempre vivo em nossos corações! Que Deus nos conforte a todos, nesse momento de dor. E não nos esqueçamos de que algum dia, rever-nos-emos na casa do Pai! O Céu hoje, está mais radiante com seu encontro com sua querida irmãzinha Maria do Carmo e outros familiares. Siga em Paz, querido amigo, de tantas lembranças, de uma vida inteira, com a certeza de que você vive em nos nós! Saudosamente, seus amigos Wainer e Regina Coeli da Silveira e Silva

Patricia Faria Santos
1 year ago

Susan querida, obrigada por tanto amor dedicado ao meu tio. A distância nunca nos separou. Posso ouvir a sua risada gostosa e sentir sua energia contagiante. Se eu fechar os olhos e buscar imagens da minha infância, logo ele surge quando morava conosco. Presença marcante e carinhosa na minha vida. Tenho chorado muito com a partida dele, mas temos que aceitar. Descanse em paz, meu tio, amigo e irmão.

Carla
1 year ago

Nosso querido tio Claudinho está agora nos braços do Pai e ao encontro dos seus queridos que já partiram. Cumpriu sua missão lindamente.
Fiquem na paz, Eliza, Maxwell, Khristopher e Susan. Que Deus os abençoe sempre !

Jeanne Boone
1 year ago

Dearest Susan,

Such a blessing to have had Claudio in your life. I feel your deep loss as my heart aches with yours. May you feel a warm embrace, comfort, and peace in your grief journey.
You and your extended family are close in thought and prayer. 

Love you, dear friend.

Psalm 34:18
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Matthew 5:4
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Chris Weymouth
1 year ago

Susan, I am so sorry for the loss of your amazing partner and husband! He was and is God’s gift to you. I pray God will comfort you as only He can in this situation! Know that Claudio is, in reality, truly alive more now than he ever was on the earth. ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard of the wonderful things God has prepared for us who believe and trust in Jesus!’ Hold on to that promise, Susan! We shall see him soon!
Love you my sweet sister and friend!