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Samuel E. Line Jr.

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Samuel Earl Line Jr. of Newtown Square Samuel Earl Line, Jr., 89, WWII Navy veteran and Bell Telephone executive, of Newtown Square, Radnor Township, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Janet A. (nee Sauserman), with whom he shared 60 years of marriage. Mr. Line was born in Harrisburg in 1924, the son of Samuel E. and Harriet L. (Thrush). He was a graduate of John Harris High School in Harrisburg and Harvard College, now Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass., where he received a BS degree in government in 1943. Mr. Line was a decorated veteran of the United States Navy. During World War II, he served on the USS Barnett (APA 5) and saw action in the invasions of Normandy, Southeastern France and Okinawa, Japan. Decorations he received included American, European (two stars) and Asiatic-Pacific (one star) Theater Ribbons and a World War II Victory medal. He was honorably discharged from active duty and served in the U.S. Navy Reserves for seventeen years. While on terminal leave from the Navy, Mr. Line was hired by the Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania. He worked in offices in Harrisburg, Allentown and Pittsburgh before being transferred to Philadelphia in 1968. After a forty year career with Bell Telephone, including seventeen years in Philadelphia, he retired in 1985 as assistant vice president of governmental relations, a position involving public relations and frequent communication with the state and federal governments. Mr. Line was awarded the Whitney M. Young, Jr., Community Service Award by the Urban League of Philadelphia. Over the years, he was a director and/or officer of many civic and charitable organizations, including the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Urban Leagues, the Community Planning Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania, North City Congress in Philadelphia, the Public Affairs Council of Washington, D.C. and the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia. He was a long-time member of the Wayne United Methodist Church, where he held several offices, and the Edgmont Country Club. He was a lover of maps, an avid reader with a special interest in history and geography, and an accomplished duplicate bridge player. He enjoyed vacations in Rehoboth Beach, Del. and celebrations with family and friends. In addition to his loving and devoted wife, Mr. Line is survived by his daughter, Susan Line Boswell (John) of Downingtown; his three sons, John F. of Newtown Square, Robert A. (Debra) of Johnstown, Colo., and Samuel E. III (Marilyn) of Indianapolis, Ind.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and six nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Diane (Stevens). Mr. Line will be remembered by his family and friends as a respected, intelligent and caring man of integrity and class who had a rich sense of humor. He was deeply devoted to his faith, family and church, and is missed immensely. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, immediately followed by a memorial service and celebration of his life, at the Wayne United Methodist Church, 210 South Wayne Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Wayne United Methodist Church at the above address, or to the Bryn Mawr Hospital Foundation, 130 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. Arrangements by the Frank C. Videon Funeral Home, Broomall.

Published in The Daily Local on May 23, 2013
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