AGE: 90 Red Bank
Samuel Carotenuto, 90, a lifelong resident of Red Bank, passed away peacefully Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, at Riverview Medical Center. He was born and raised in Red Bank and was a graduate of the Red Bank Schools and Rutgers University. His education was interrupted by service in the U.S. Army in World War II and was discharged with a rank of Major. Upon completion of service in the military, Sam graduated from Rutgers University School of Law, cum laude in 1949, where he was on the editorial staff of the Rutgers Law Review for two years and Editor in Chief his third year. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1948 and joined the Reussille Law Firm in 1949 where he was an associate, partner and managing partner until 2000 when he became "of council" to the firm. There was no profession he considered more honorable and for the last ten years he continued to practice law. Sam was a member of the Monmouth Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association, American Bar Association and Monmouth Bar Foundation. A former president of the Monmouth Bar Association, and "Trustee in Perpetium" of both the Monmouth Bar Association and the Monmouth Bar Foundation, where he was one of the incorporators and a long time member of the Board of Directors. He was a former member and secretary of the Monmouth County Legal Aid Society and former member of the Supreme Court committee on the Unauthorized Practice of the Law. He served for many years as Municipal Attorney for the Borough of Red Bank, was a member and attorney for the Red Bank Board of Education, attorney for the Planning Board of the Boroughs of Red Bank, Rumson, Atlantic Highlands and for the Board of Adjustment of the boroughs of Red Bank, Rumson and Holmdel. He was one of the incorporators and attorney for the Leisure Village Foundation, one of the incorporators and secretary of the Riverview Hospital Foundation and a lifetime parishioner and former Trustee at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, Red Bank. He was a longtime member of the Deal Golf and Country Club and member and former trustee and secretary of the Monmouth Beach Bath and Tennis Club. Sam was a member of the Red Bank Rotary Club, the Antique Auto Club of Monmouth County and the Root Beer and Checker Club of Red Bank, where he was the recipient of the "Eight Ball" Award in 1986. Sam was an avid golfer, collector of antique cars and loyal fan of the New York Yankees and the New York Giants where he was a season ticket holder.
Sam was predeceased by his beloved wife, Doris Roberts Carotenuto and a brother, Michael. He was the loving father of Linda Steel; cherished grandfather of Megan Steel and Samantha White and her husband, Ian; adoring great-grandfather of Beckett White and his beloved sister, Chris.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 18 at St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church, corner of Bridge Ave. and Chestnut St., Red Bank. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to St. Anthony of Padua RC Church, 121 Bridge Ave., Red Bank, NJ 07701.
Published in Asbury Park Press from Feb. 15 to Feb. 16, 2011.