Samuele Luigi Comelato

Samuele Luigi Comelato passed away peacefully on December 25 at his home in Succasunna, New Jersey surrounded by his loved ones. Sam was born on February 2, 1930 in Mirano, Italy, and was married for 50 years to the late Adele (Popolizio) Comelato (2013). He is survived by his two daughters Mariangela Remetz (Chris) and Cristina Chin (Mike) along with his five grandchildren: Ellen, Max, Sam, Amanda and Alyssa.  He was predeceased by five brothers and one sister. Sam previously lived in Newark for 42 years before moving to Succasunna. Sam began his career at the age of 21, in Italy, as an officer for the Guardia Di Finanza and retired in 1975 after 27 years of service. That same year he moved his family from Italy to the United States. He eventually settled in the Vailsburg section of Newark. He worked various jobs before he retired to spend more time with his wife and grandchildren.

Sam always greeted everyone with a beautiful and genuine smile and had a knack for getting a good laugh out of anyone. He was a hardworking man, but always made time for his family. No sacrifice was ever too big when it came to his wife, children or grandchildren. He was a kind hearted man who, in spite of his modest income, gave generously not only to his family, but also to many charities.


Samuele loved making his own wine and enjoyed sharing it with others. As an avid gardener, he lovingly tended a huge vegetable garden in his backyard in Newark.  He happily shared his bountiful harvest with family and friends. He loved watching Italian soccer on Sunday mornings and cheered on the Italian soccer team. But what he loved most was spending time with his five grandchildren whom he saw frequently. Sam had a rich, strong voice and he could often be heard singing his favorite tunes throughout the day. He enriched so many lives , and he will be deeply missed.

 

A Celebration of Sam’s Life will include a visitation on Friday, December 28, 2018 from 5pm to 8pm at the William J. Leber Funeral Home, 15 Furnace Road (corner of Rt. 206), Chester, NJ (908) 879-3090.  A 10 am funeral mass will be held on Saturday, December 29 at St. Matthew’s Church in Randolph, NJ.  The final interment will be held privately by the family.

 

In lieu of flowers , donations can be made to the Market Street Mission in Morristown, New Jersey.