SAMUEL J DAMIANO

Obituary for SAMUEL J DAMIANO

Samuel J. Damiano, 85, of Leesburg, FL., passed away on Monday April 6, 2020 following a long illness.
Dad was the eldest of 11 children and loved his family dearly. He devoted his life to serving his Country, his Community and his Faith and was respected and loved by many.
He was educated at Rutgers University, New Hampshire College and the College of St Elizabeth in NJ.
He was a Veteran of the United States Army, serving as a Sea-Tac Airport Air Transportation Officer stationed at Camp Otsu, Japan as well as a former Newark, NJ., City Detective.
He was also a former Executive in the Newark, NJ, Plainfield, NJ and Greater Lawrence area of Massachusetts Chambers of Commerce and went on to be President of New Jersey Community Bankers where he retired after 28 years, then joining the Board of Director’s at Haven Savings Bank. Dad also served as Chairman of the Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital in Glen Gardner, NJ and was also Chairman of the Emeritus Center for Great Expectations.
After retirement, Dad was ordained to Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of Metuchen (NJ) on May 5, 1996 serving Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Whitehouse Station, NJ. Upon his move to Florida, faculties were granted in the Diocese of Orlando for service at St Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Leesburg, FL where he was also the Director of Ministry to the Sick. He was invested as Knight of Equestrian Order of Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus, a Catholic Charities of Metuchen Honoree for Service, and a Trustee for Catholic Charities.
Sam is survived by his beloved wife of over 50 years, Linda (nee Kaufman); his children Joanne Gianduso (nee Damiano), Samuel Damiano, Jr. and Salvatore Damiano; his brother’s Joseph, William, Anthony, and Michael; his sisters Patricia and Antoinette; his grandchildren Jessica, DJ, Dominick, Samantha, Michael, Danielle, Tyler and Olivia; and his great grandchildren Olivia and Michael
Sam was preceded in death by his parents, Antonette (formerly Esposito) and Joseph Damiano; his brothers Frank, Donald, and Robert Damiano; and his sister Julia Depack

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05/12/2020

Sam, my oldest brother…always there for me. My heart is deeply saddened.
May you rest in peace. I will have you in my heart always…I love you Sam

05/12/2020

We are so sorry for your loss.
With Sympathy,
Christine and Butch Small

05/12/2020

We are so sorry for your loss.
With Sympathy,
Christine and Butch Small

05/12/2020

May Sam Rest In Peace.💙🙏🏼💙🦋

05/12/2020

My brother Sam was the big brother to seven younger brothers, and three younger sisters. Sam was always the leader. He was definitely a role model, and always there when you needed him. Only God knows how many favors he did for me. When I needed advice Sam was the guy to go to. Growing up I just wish that we could have spent more time together. I will certainly miss him. He will always be my big brother. Rest in Peace BIG BROTHER . Love your brother,
Billy

05/12/2020

Linda and family,
Was shocked to hear of Sam’s passing. He was a gentle man, kind and sincere about everything he was involved in. I truly respected him. Through conversation we discovered that we both owned homes in Little Egg Harbor Township, NJ. I’m glad our paths crossed, and he will always hold a special place in my heart. Terry Eckensberger- Royal Highlands

05/12/2020

Brother Sam, Rest in Peace, we will miss you.
Love,
Sally & Billy

05/12/2020

I just heaed of Deacon Sam’s death. I served under him for many years with the ministry to the sick and bereavement ministry at St. Paul’s . I will never forget his spiritual guidance. My condolences to Linda and the family. Pat Vernino