FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots lost their "Voice" on Thursday, April 19 when their Hall of Fame broadcaster Gil Santos passed away. Santos had called a franchise record 745 Patriots games, spanning 36 years, and became known as the "Voice of the Patriots" for generations of Patriots fans. He retired following the 2012 season and Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft honored Santos for his contributions to the franchise by placing him in the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2013.
The service details for Santos were released Saturday.
The Santos family has invited the public to a visitation period on Tuesday, April 24, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Prophett-Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, located at 98 Bedford St. in Bridgewater, Mass.
All other services will be private.
Memorial donations in Santos' name may be sent to the Greater New England chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101A 1st Ave., Waltham, MA 02451.
To contribute to the online guestbook or for directions to the funeral home, go to www.ccgfuneralhome.com.
Santos began calling games for the Boston Patriots at Fenway Park in 1966. He was the voice of the Patriots for the next 14 seasons (1966-79). He returned to the booth in 1991 and was a part of every Patriots broadcast for the next 22 seasons. The veteran play-by-play broadcaster was also the sports director of WBZ News Radio in Boston, where he earned dozens of awards and honors for his reporting, sports casting and play-by-play excellence. He retired from WBZ after 38 years in 2009.
In addition to his work at WBZ, Santo also called games for the Boston Celtics, Boston Breakers, Providence Friars, Penn State and Boston College football.
He was born in Acushnet, Mass., and grew up in neighboring North Fairhaven.