A note from Gary Santoro:
picture below tells much of the story behind our
company. The man in the photo is Charles Volage,
my step dad, and one of the best masons ever born.
started going to work on jobs with him when I was very
small. I could feel the love he had for what he was
doing even then. One of his favorite sayings was to
treat people the way you would want to be treated –
to treat someone’s home just as if it was your home.
then, he worked mostly as a sub-contractor for Scott
pools in Woodbury, CT, doing stonework and decks
around their pools. I grew up in an atmosphere where
people really cared about what they did and had pride
in their work and instilled it in me. High quality
work was something that was expected each and every
day, with no excuses.
graduating Kaynor Technical School in 1977, I began to
run our modest masonry company full time, with
Charlie’s guidance. In the beginning, I would
sometimes think he was too fussy, too demanding, often
not happy with a project until it was as perfect as
could possibly be. Now looking back on those
times I smile, because now it's me that people say
that about. I have this desire, almost to a
fault, to do every job as perfectly as possible. I
guess Charlie’s smiling down on me.
would often come to work with us, even sitting in a
lawn chair to watch, always teaching, always making
sure every stone fit perfectly. Some times I can still
see him there, watching…
Volage died in 1990. I still miss him every day
of my life, but I am also very grateful to him, to
have learned from him, to have known him.
we are a full service masonry contractor, dedicated to
the highest quality possible. And after 26
years, my business number still rings in my home.
Gary J. Santoro