Lakewood - George Samra, 83, passed away peacefully at his home in Lakewood, NJ on May 8, 2021 surrounded by his wife Margaret of 62 years and their loving family. He was born in 1937 in Brooklyn, NY to parents who had emigrated from Syria and Lebanon.
An enterprising hard worker from an early age, George's first job was selling shoes door to door with his grandfather at ten years old. He sold newspapers and shone shoes for World War II soldiers. He later worked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard busing tables.
George graduated from the prestigious Brooklyn Technical High School in 1955 and was hired to work as a draftsman for Bell Laboratories in Manhattan. In 1962, he was transferred to the new Bell Laboratories in Holmdel and moved his young family to Brick Township, NJ.
The first-non-college graduate to be promoted to Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories in 1978, George was so highly regarded and essential in his department that, after his retirement, management requested that he return as a consultant. In all, he worked for Bell Laboratories for 43 years.
George served as an Airman in the Air Force Reserve in the 903rd Combat Support Squadron and was prepared for deployment to the Cuban Missile Crisis, until the confrontation was resolved. For many years, he was a volunteer member of the Laurelton Fire Company, where he served as Assistant Chief. At Saint Dominic Church, George was a founding parishioner and devout congregant.
After retirement, George traveled the world with his beloved wife Margaret and their many dear friends, some of whom they had known since their childhood in Brooklyn. They moved to Four Seasons in Lakewood, NJ and also enjoyed time in their home in Vero Beach, FL. George and Marge were married for 62 years.
George enjoyed many hobbies including carpentry, bicycling, boating and golf. His favorite times, however, were those he shared with his family, especially his adoring grandchildren. His greatest legacy is his family.
George is survived by his wife Margaret Kelly Samra, his daughter Catherine Samra Smith and her husband Perry, of Manasquan, NJ; his daughter Teresa Samra Rose and her husband Robert of Brick, NJ; his son George Samra and his wife Christine, of Monroe, NJ; and daughter Maureen Samra of Jacksonville, FL. He is survived by his grandchildren: Bryan Smith; Michael Smith and his partner Heather; Meaghan Smith; Kelly Rose Smith and her husband Brandon; Robert Rose and his fiancée Laura; Drew Samra Dotson; and his great grandchildren, Sawyer and Delilah Smith; by his devoted sister, Eleanor Janson and his nieces and nephews, Jennifer, Mark, George, and Christine.
A Gathering of family and friends will be held on Wednesday May 19, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Colonial Funeral Home, 2170 Hwy.88, Brick Township, NJ.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday May 20, 2021 at 10:00 am at St. Dominic's Church, Brick Township, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation, 76 Main Street, Suite 202, Woodbridge, NJ 07095, www.phfdonate.com
Published by Asbury Park Press from May 15 to May 16, 2021.