MANCHESTER - Dr. George E. Samara, of Manchester, passed away peacefully in the arms of his beloved wife, Grace Patrice, at home on Nov. 13, 2012, after a period of declining health.
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He was born in Manchester on Jan. 4, 1931, to the late Eassa and Minerva (Maloley) Samara.
He was a graduate of Manchester Central High School, Class of 1949, and upon graduation, had a strong desire to attend medical school. He attended and graduated from St. Anselm College and Temple Dental School in Philadelphia.
While performing his residency in New York City in 1959, he met his first wife, Atje Schoonheim. Following their marriage, he adopted her three children and helped to raise them as his own. He set up his dental practice in Manchester in 1960 where he treated patients until his retirement in 1987.
Dr. Samara was an active member of the Manchester Country Club and the Boca Raton Resort and Club. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time on the course and being with his friends. He was known as "Georgie Baby" to many on and off the course.
Dr. Samara loved the political realm and was a proud member of the conservative movement. He cherished his friendships with William F. Buckley and Barry Goldwater. He was most comfortable being surrounded by his periodicals and talk radio, keeping up-to-date on the politics of the day.
He later met Grace Patrice O'Bryan, and they were married in 1996. Together they traveled extensively and enjoyed gardening, cooking and spending time entertaining family and friends. They shared a special bond with their beloved pets, Fuzzy and Kitty Angel. His love and attention to all will be truly missed. His generosity touched many lives.
He is survived by his wife, Grace Patrice (O'Bryan) Samara; three children, Pieter Schoonheim Samara of Bangkok, Thailand, Antonia Thomas of Manchester and Atje Van Bemmelan of Boulder, Colo.; five grandchildren, Gyan Samara, Maya Samara, Erika Bachiochi, Charlie Schubert and Jennie Grennett-Burks; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Pauline Gatsas; several nieces and nephews; and his dear friend and care provider, Edson Eugenio.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Atje, in 1991; five sisters, Roslyn Barker, Olga Samara, Helen Samara, Victoria Rayhall and Emaline Alexander; and a brother, Edward Samara.
Mrs. Samara and family would like to express their thanks to Jessie Font of the VNA, for her outstanding compassion, and to the team of nurses provided through Sue Theodore for their dedication and support. Additional thanks to Steve and Carla Reiss and Dr. and Mrs. Jwalant Vadalia, for your love and compassion during these difficult days, and to Elaine Skiff-Knights for her love and dedication throughout the years, and especially to Edson Eugenio for the exceptional love and devotion he has shown in so many ways throughout the years.
SERVICES: Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. with a Trisagion service beginning at 6 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Goodwin Funeral Home, 607 Chestnut St., Manchester. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, in St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 650 Hanover St., Manchester, with the Rev. Andrew Mahalares officiating. Entombment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
, Mass./N.H. Chapter, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472, or to the
, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-9376.
Please visit goodwinfh.com to sign the online guest book.
Goodwin Funeral Home
607 Chestnut Street
Manchester, NH 03104
Published in Union Leader on Nov. 16, 2012