DeMarco, Samuel Joel
Rochester: September 5, 2013 at age 94. Sam was predeceased by his wife, Helen J. DeMarco (Smyda). He is survived by his children, Michael (Patricia), Victoria, Steven, John and Elizabeth; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. As a teen during the Great Depression, he worked in the C.C.C.'s (The Civilian Conservation Corps.) doing various public works projects, one of which was a logger in Oregon when only 17. Shortly thereafter he attended The Quoddy Institute of Technology in Maine, where he also played on the schools varsity baseball team. After attending Quoddy Institute he then joined the National Guard and was subsequently inducted into the regular Army, where he served in a Coastal Artillery unit, until having to leave the service due to a serious illness. He then attended R.I.T., where he developed a love of languages and gemology. During this time he also worked as a Physical Educational Instructor at the Rochester Baden Street Settlement. After starting a family, he began a career in the Title Insurance business, working for 20 years before he founded (along with a business colleague) The Public Abstract Corp. in 1969. Sam oversaw the title search process while wife, Helen managed the office staff as well as many of the daily operational responsibilities. His greatest love was the game of golf, which he played with great skill, devotion, and enthusiasm for over 50 years, accomplishing the feat of winning the Saranac Lake Country Club championship at the age of 69. Upon retirement he and wife Helen moved to Scottsdale, AZ, where he attended Scottsdale Community College, where he studied languages fulltime, becoming fluent in French, Italian and Spanish. He shared his passion as a tutor with other students. He was an avid traveler, a history buff and sports enthusiast. He also kept abreast of the political, international and financial scene. Sam was a member of The Riverton Golf Club in Rush, NY before spending the last few years of his life in The Veteran's Home in Canandaigua, NY where he received attentive care from a patient and dedicated nursing staff. Sam's passing to a better place was calm and peaceful.
Family will receive friends Saturday, September 14th from 2-5 at New Comer Funeral Home, 6 Empire Blvd. Private Interment.