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Elmo T. Samuel

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Elmo T. Samuel

Toms River - Elmo T. Samuel, 78, of Toms River, NJ died on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at his home. Elmo is survived by his beloved wife of almost 44 years, Vajantha, their two daughters Jennifer and Michelle, and his son-in-law, Nathan Mertins. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters Betty, Joe, Renee, Eric, Dawn, Olga, Frank and Nita and by many loving cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Solomon and Mercy, and his brother, Oscar.

Elmo, known to his many friends as "Chum", was born on January 8, 1940 in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. He grew up in the capital city of Colombo and attended St. Benedict's College. He graduated from Ceylon Medical School as a physician in 1966 and immigrated to the United States in 1972 to continue his specialization in orthopedics. After completing his residency in Coney Island, NY in 1976, he and Vajantha moved to Toms River, NJ when he joined Ocean Orthopedics. Elmo loved being an orthopedic surgeon and cared deeply for his patients and their well-being. Until his recent illness, he had never taken a sick day. Outside of his work, Elmo had two passions - golf and nurturing deep relationships with family and friends. Elmo and Vajantha's house was the first home for many friends and family members when they first moved to the United States. A glass of red wine and a wonderful meal was always available. It gave Elmo great joy to watch the birds and boats on the Toms River from his home. He would happily greet his fellow golfers at the 7th green to offer them cold beers and cigars.

Visitation will take place on Sunday February 4, 2018 from 1-5pm at the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main Street, Toms River, NJ 08753. On Monday, February 5, 2018, at 10:30am, a funeral service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 415 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ 08753. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery 1001 Rte. 166, Toms River NJ 08753. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to America Needs You, 589 8th Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, New York 10018 in Elmo's name. This organization offers mentorship and intensive career development to children who are the first in their families to attend college. To post an online condolence to the family, or for directions to the funeral home, please visit
Published in Asbury Park Press on Feb. 2, 2018
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