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AJM is sadden to learn of the sudden death of Robert Santare of Southampton. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Santare family. He will be sorely missed by his family and the reisdents of Burlington County.

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By Chris Bishop Staff writer

Robert V. Santare wouldn’t want to be remembered mainly for his business success.

“No matter what charitable endeavor Bob undertook, he worked tirelessly and generously,” County Freeholder Joseph Donnelly said. “You can’t even begin to calculate the number of individuals who benefited from his dedicated community service. He will be sorely missed.”

Santare, president and co-founder of Champion Fasteners in Eastampton, died Tuesday of natural causes. The Southampton resident was 57.

Santare started Champion Fasteners, which fabricates precision-welded fasteners for shipyards, military applications and original equipment manufacturers, in 1990 with Stan Lippincott and Aldo Magazzeni.

Santare was recognized in 2002 by the federal Small Business Administration as the New Jersey Small Business Person of the Year, the only Burlington County businessman so honored in about 20 years.

Yet, according to Magazzeni, the business honors were not important.

“I think Bob was a very kind, gentle soul, who believed ... that serving others was a way of life in the business world and as a humanitarian,” he said. “They blended into his true nature: a call of doing good.”

Santare was a member of the Burlington County Chamber of Commerce, the Lenape Regional High School District’s School to Careers program, the United Way of Burlington County, the Family YMCA of Burlington County, and the Committee to Reinvest in New Jersey Community Colleges.

He also had led the Burlington County Workforce Investment Board. He served on the Burlington County College Foundation and was president of the Burlington County Institute of Technology Foundation.

Santare, who was chairman of the BCC Foundation at the time of his death, was called a true humanitarian by fellow foundation member Barry Lefkowitz, a Lumberton resident.

“I am really heartbroken,” said Lefkowitz, a Lumberton resident. “Bob was a true gentleman. No question, he was the finest chairman since I’ve been on the foundation in the last 29 years.”

“He was a great leader,” he said. “He was really dedicated, not just to the board but also to the college.”

In 2005, the Volunteer Center of Burlington County presented Santare with its Lloyd Ritter Community Service Award. He was also lauded earlier this year for his role in the Burlington County One-Stop Career Center On-the-Job Training Program.

“Bob Santare’s leadership and passion for helping BCC students and community members to train for and obtain meaningful employment have contributed greatly to the foundation’s growing success in supporting higher education and job placement,” said Rebecca Corbin, executive director of the BCC Foundation.

Although Magazzeni said Santare could not be replaced, the work would go on at Champion.

“Nothing changes at Champion Fasteners,” he said. “We had a process in place. ... It’s well set up.”

In 2002, Santare said his legacy was his charitable work.

“My dad has always taught me to give back to the community,” he said at the time.

As of Wednesday night, funeral arrangements were pending.

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