Samuel G. DeSimone
1931 - 2019
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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. Budd Funeral Home 522 Salem Ave. Woodbury, NJ 08096 856-845-1310

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Published in South Jersey Times from Oct. 11 to Oct. 12, 2019.
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March 16, 2020
I just came across the obituary of Judge DeSimone. He was one of the great assignment judges who served when Robert Wilentz was chief justice. I was the spokesman for the chief justice and, occasionally, I would speak with Judge DeSimone on the phone or see him when he came to Trenton. We went to the same law school, but that didn't explain why he was so nice to me. He was simply one of the most pleasant and upbeat men you could ever hope to meet -- a real stand-up guy. (And you had to love that South Jersey voice.)
Robert Seidenstein
October 21, 2019
The Greatest Judge I had the honor to work under as Sgt at Arms for Gloucester County. RIP Sam
Glenn McCormick
October 19, 2019
Eileen and kids. So sorry to hear of your husband and dad's passing. I am so proud to have known Sam and remember the good times we had back in the old Kingsway football days. I know you are so proud of his many accomplishments in life. I always remember thinking that I wanted to be a parent like Sam and you, Eileen. An inspiration to me to be a good parent with great, respectful children. You and family inspired me to try to do that. Always thankful for knowing your family. R.I.P. Sam.
Ronald Lerch
October 17, 2019
Condolences and blessings to the DeSimone Family.
Diane (Eardley) Giordano
October 17, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
October 16, 2019
In 1989, I had the privilege of serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Elliot G. Heard. When Judge Heard became ill that year and was on extended sick leave, Judge De Simone would visit the Courthouse in Bridgeton, Cumberland County to see what he could do to help in Judge Heard's absence.

On one such occasion, Judge De Simone was scheduled to hear a probate case, and I attended the one day trial. To my surprise, Judge DeSimone asked me to write an opinion on how he should rule. I had no experience with a Will Contest; I had virtually no experience at all. Judge DeSimone encouraged me with his unique charm and smile. I did what he asked of me. On the return date, little did I know that he would deliver my exact words from the bench , and what a heart pounding experience that would be.

He was a wonderful person, Judge and teacher. I extend my condolences to Mrs. DeSimone and the entire DeSimone family.

Andrea Carb, Esq., Retired
October 16, 2019
Sam i will miss serving you your Linguine Finni at Ninos! The world lost a great man and I am so happy to have gotten to know you. Much love to the entire DeSimone family love Michele
Michele Howarth
October 14, 2019
To the DeSimone family,
Cherish those special times you had with your Dad and hold them close to your heart. May he rest in peace.
Sandy Lippincott /Carty
October 14, 2019
Our deepest condolences. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
The Team at Home Path Financial LP
October 13, 2019
I am very sorry for the loss of your loved one, Sam. He will be very missed. I've had the pleasure of meeting him when he would bring his family out to dinner. I'm a server and would wait on them. He was always very kind and pleasant even when I knew he wasn't feeling too well. He loved good food , he loved his family and people in general. He did alot for the community. He was a good soul. Cherish all your fond memories ...
Maria Genovese
October 12, 2019
My sympathy goes to the family. Sorry for your loss of a great man.
Deborah Heppard-McNabb
October 12, 2019
I had the distinct privilege of serving as one of Judge DeSimone's Law Clerks and then enjoying a relationship with him for many years.

He was a man of great accomplishment but humble bearing, an instant friend to everyone he met. It is not cliche to say that Big Sam was a pillar of his community.

We will out of state during the funeral, but to John and Sara and the whole family, please accept our sincere condolences.
Sam Leone
October 11, 2019
Tom and family, I remember your dad when you and I clerked with Alan and Steve in 1981-82. He was such a wonderful judge and I remember how kindly he treated a pro se party that I still remember it to this day. What a wonderful legacy he leaves behind.So very sorry for your loss. Best,Amanda Heller
Amanda Heller
October 11, 2019
What a terrific person. He will be missed.
Jay Cipriani
October 11, 2019
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Jay Cipriani
October 11, 2019
Eileen, you will always have in your heart the one true love that makes life worthwhile.
To Liz, John,Tom,David,Maggie,Katie & Sarah you have an everlasting icon to reflect upon for making right choices throughout your life.
To all the grandchildren you have a great grandpop to look up to and pattern your life after.
To all the rest of us who had some contact with Sam over the years..we say farewell to one of the great ones
May God welcome with open arms the newest member of His bench'
Michael and Leslie Pszwaro
October 11, 2019
Special thoughts sent to the family. Liked watching him in later years on Cable TV show. He was a special person and helped many people.
Kathryn Ridinger-Clement
October 11, 2019
Judge DeSimone was such a wonderful human being and I feel so blessed to have known him. His dedication and passion in every aspect of his life has truly impacted so many. I knew him from his years serving on the Board of Directors at Boys & Girls Clubs of Gloucester County, his impact on the youth will never be forgotten. God Bless to his beautiful family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Theresa Root
October 11, 2019
Truly one of the greatest men and most humble I have ever had the privilege to know. He was the definition of integrity. He always solved problems, never created them. Rest in peace dearest Sam. David Strout, Sr.
David Strout
October 11, 2019
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal. My deepest sympathy.
Kathleen McCann
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