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Samuel G. DeSimone

1931 - 2019
Samuel G. DeSimone Obituary
Judge Samuel G. DeSimone Mickleton, N.J. Judge Samuel G. DeSimone was born March 31, 1931 in Paulsboro, New Jersey. He is the son of Sam DeSimone who migrated from Italy when he was 17 from his village in Abruzzo, Italy named Penne in Pescara. His mother was born in the United States. Her name was Mary and Mary was the daughter of Antonio and Candida Giammarino, who were also immigrants migrating from Penne, Italy. He attended the Paulsboro School System and was a 1948 graduate of Paulsboro High School. He is a member of the Paulsboro High School Sports Hall of Fame. Judge DeSimone attended Gettysburg College and their R.O.T.C. Program. He graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry and after graduation he entered the military service. He served as a rifle platoon leader in the latter part of 1953 in Korea and in March of 1952 was appointed Commanding Officer of Company A, 23rd Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division, a rifle company, which was stationed along the volatile, demilitarized zone in Korea in or around the Chowon Valley. Judge DeSimone was awarded the Army's Commendation Medal Pendant for Meritorious Service during that period. Upon his discharge from the U.S. Army, he attended Georgetown University School of Law in Washington, D.C., where he was awarded a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree in 1958. He served his legal clerkship with the Law Firm of Blakely, Stockwell and Zink in Camden, New Jersey and was associated with that firm until 1962. In 1962 he returned to Woodbury and became associated with the legendary attorney Fred A. Gravino and remained in the general practice of law in the Woodbury area until 1975, when he was appointed to the Superior Court Bench by Governor Brendan Byrne. He served in every division of the Superior Court of New Jersey and in 1982 was appointed the first Assignment Judge of Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties, known as Vicinage XV, where he served in that capacity until his retirement in the year 2000. Judge DeSimone was married to Elizabeth "Eileen" Heilman and they had seven (7) children; Elizabeth Ann Costill (Kenneth), John G. DeSimone, Thomas A. DeSimone (Victoria), David M. DeSimone (Vanessa), Margaret Eileen Brace (William), Mary Katherine Woodland (Edward) and Sara Jane Taylor (William). They have twenty-one (21) grandchildren and fourteen (14) great grandchildren with two (2) on the way. Before being appointed to the Bench, Judge DeSimone served as an Assistant Prosecutor in Gloucester County, Solicitor of National Park, Solicitor of Greenwich Township, Solicitor for the West Deptford Planning Board, Paulsboro and Logan Zoning Boards of Adjustment, as well as the East Greenwich Township Board of Education. After being appointed to the Bench, he was extremely active in judicial education worldwide. He was a faculty member of The National Judicial College located at the University of Nevada in Reno, where he served as a faculty member from 1986 ~to~ 2011; and also served as Chair of the Faculty Counsel at that institution. He was the recipient of the V. Robert Payant Award for Excellence in Judicial Teaching. Judge DeSimone traveled to the Republic of Georgia on four (4) occasions where he taught their first class of democratic Judges and also set up their judicial district and judicial system. He taught Judges in Australia and Argentina and spent time in Bosnia teaching the Bosnian Judges judicial procedure and judicial subjects. He was asked by the U.S. Department of State to travel to Italy to consult with the Italian Judges on judicial efficiency and judicial education. He is the author of several judicial articles published in Court Review, a national magazine published by the National Center for State Courts. He was the former President of the American Society of Justinian Jurists and was the recipient of many awards during his career. In 1996 he was awarded the New Jersey State Bar Association Medal of Honor for his contributions to the Administration of Justice. He received the St. Thomas More Award from the Diocese of Camden for his contributions to the Administration of Justice and the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Service Award in the year 2000. Judge DeSimone was very active in the Gloucester County Boys and Girls Club being a founding member of that organization. He was a member of the American, Gloucester and New Jersey State Bar Associations and was a Fellow in the American Bar Foundation. He was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association; the Second Infantry Division Association; the Veterans of Foreign Wars; the VFW Anthony T. Calista Post in Gibbstown, NJ; a Commissioner for the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and a member of the Retired Judges Association of New Jersey. Sam DeSimone and his wife visited Italy at least 20 times during their 64 year marriage. They also took all seven of their children to Italy in 1973 to show them their roots. Sam and Eileen are thoroughly knowledgeable of every province in Italy. They also are encouraging their children and grandchildren to visit and meet their Italian cousins. The object of taking the children to visit Italy was to introduce them to their generation, which has created not only the need, but the desire and accomplishment of the grandchildren visiting Italy and meeting with their cousins and relatives to the extent that the Sam DeSimone family has managed to stay in close communication in visiting Sam's homeland throughout generations. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: New Jersey Commission for the Blind & Vision Impaired, 153 Halsey Street, 6th Floor, P.O. Box 47017, Newark, NJ 07101-8004 Both viewing and funeral services for the Honorable Samuel G. DeSimone, A.J.S.C.-Retired will be held at St. Clair of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, (St. Michael's Church), 313 Memorial Avenue, Gibbstown, New Jersey 08027.Visitation on Monday, October 14, 2019 between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday, October 15, 2019 between 10:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. to be followed by a Mass for Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Celebrant: Fr. David Grover. Following Mass there will be a Military Burial at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Paulsboro and Swedesboro Roads, Swedesboro, New Jersey. www.buddfuneralhome.com. Budd Funeral Home 522 Salem Ave. Woodbury, NJ 08096 856-845-1310
Published in South Jersey Times from Oct. 11 to Oct. 12, 2019
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