Robert E. Samsel Sr.
Meriden Memorial Funeral Home
450 Broad Street
Meriden, CT
MERIDEN - Robert E. Samsel Sr., 46, died unexpectedly on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at MidState Medical Center. He was the beloved husband and best friend of Leslie (Chabot) Samsel, his loving wife and soul mate of eight years.

Born July 8, 1964, he was the son of David J. and Barbara (Murphy) Samsel. Robert spent the first 25 years of his life in Meriden where he attended local schools. He was a proud graduate of the University of Bridgeport. Upon graduating from college he resided in Bridgeport for the past 20 years where he was self employed in the card and comic collectible business. Robert was a devoted husband and father. He couldn't wait to become a father and he was the best ever. Robert was an avid Red Sox Fan and had hopes his son would someday pitch for the team. He loved animals especially his cats and enjoyed all types of music. Robert truly enjoyed spending time with his friends from high school, college and "Cooper 4".

Besides the love of his life, Leslie, Robert is survived by his son, Robert E. Samsel, Jr., of Meriden; three step-sons, Michael J. Morin, of Meriden, Matthew S. Morin and Andrew S. Morin, both of R.I.; his sister, Cheryl Amenta and her husband, Michael, of Middletown; his godson and nephew, Sebastian Amenta, of Middletown; his godmother and aunt, Susan Poriss and her husband, David, of Burlington; brothers-in-law, Timothy Chabot, of Thompson and William Chabot and his wife, Becky, of Manchester; and two nieces, Jillian and Victoria Amenta, both of Middletown. He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Edward and Katherine Murphy; and his paternal grandparents, Chester and Catherine Samsel; and his best friend, Andrew Shaw, of Bridgeport.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the Smith-Ruzzo Funeral Home, 450 Broad St., Meriden, from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. His funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. To send an online expression of sympathy please visit In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Robert may be made to the Robert E. Samsel Jr. Education Fund, c/o the Smith-Ruzzo Funeral Home, 450 Broad St., Meriden, CT 06450.
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Published by The Record-Journal on Feb. 21, 2011.
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Its been 10 years now. WOW. Bobert, as I called him in high school, had always had that great sense of humor. He was a free spirited kind of guy. We had many great times while in HS and after years later when I found out he was in the Bridgeport area where I now live. We caught up and relived older times. He will not be forgotten. RIP dear friend.
Ray Berry
February 15, 2021
Remember when he was born and as a little boy. Such a handsome lad.
Patricia Carlson
February 15, 2020
My deepest condolences to the Samsel family. All the fun memories of high school and college times with Rob. Even though we haven't spoken in some time I will always treasure those memories. He will be missed.
Rob Weathers
March 23, 2011
I would like to thank all our friends and family who have been supportive in this time of difficulty. I will miss my brother more than anyone knows. From birth to elementary school, to middle school, to high school, and college at UB we've always been together. I love you and always will. We'll take care of Robby and Leslie and be the best for you that we can. Love, Cheryl,Michael, and Sebby
Cheryl Amenta
March 13, 2011
To the Samsel family and especially to Cheryl - We spent many, many homerooms together with Rob in high school - he would always make us laugh. Our mornings were always brighter after seeing his smiling face. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this unbelievable passing. Resa Rinaldi & Jay Savulis
Resa Rinaldi
March 2, 2011
It was a shock to hear of Rob's passing. A guy with whom I shared many a laugh during our days together at UB. As a member of the brethren, this sad event prevokes a smile when remembering the countless occasions of endless laughter & plain craziness. He was a part of what made Cooper 4 great. My deepest feeling of sorrow for his family. The prayers of many are with you.
Al Gugliotta
February 28, 2011
Some of greatest times, and most of the hardest laughs, I've had while hanging out with Rob. Never a dull moment with him, and I've never seen anything other than a smile on his face. The hilarious stories from conventions alone could keep me typing here for weeks. He was always looking out for his friends and I can't begin to tell you how many things he did to help me and my career, time after time. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and kids. I am at a loss for words. He will be missed. DEARLY.
Nelson Faro DeCastro
February 27, 2011
My condolences to Rob's family. This is a shock. Rob and I worked together at Big Bob's Cards & Comics, and kept in touch after I left. He was a true character, sharp witted and a good guy. He'll be missed.
T.C. Ford
February 27, 2011
My deepest sympathy to Leslie,Rob Jr.,and the rest of the family at Rob's passing.I'll always have fond memories of hanging out with Rob at Fantastic Comics. Rob's sense of humor and intellect helped me through some very difficult times in my life.I know that he was thrilled by his marriage and the birth of his son.I know that he is now in a better place and no longer in pain.Rob is one Red Sox fan that this Yankee fan will always remember.
Tim Shields
February 27, 2011
Rob i am going to miss drinking beer and watching the sox game together and then watching ufc with u man it will be so different witout u rob i love you
Your son Matt
February 26, 2011
Rob will be sorely missed, From UB, to Boys of Summer to adults. Rob 'transformed' after marriage and his son and from all our chats he couldn't have been PROUDER of his family and his boy! Leslie, my deepest sympathy, he will always live on in our memories! I will miss u Sammy!
David Savo
February 24, 2011
"Deepest sympathy to all of Robert's loved one's. He was a witty and energetic presence among our "Cooper 4" crew at Bridgeport,..and well beyond. I shall miss our e-mail conversations and his enlightened and always optimistic comments regarding the Red Sox, the Patriots, and all things related to New England sports." - Sticky
frank sterpka
February 24, 2011
I was truly shocked to hear of Rob's passing, I'll miss our chats at the playground after school while Robbie and Devin and the gang played kickball. He was a beautiful soul,a guy that LIVED OUT LOUD! his humor and wit will be greatly missed by us
Catherine Bell
February 24, 2011
I met Rob through my Big Brother Vin and Rich Lee, when we played for the Boys of Summer Softball team almost twenty years ago..As I read what your friends, family, and loved ones post about you..I know you lived up to the team slogan on our shirts and carried it on through your life: "Don't Strike Out Looking" God Bless, Sammy
Steve Kravec
February 24, 2011
Dear Samsel family,

I am so sorry for your loss, and I am deeply saddened by this tragic news. Rob and I were great "Cooper 4" buddies and I will always consider him a dear friend. I reconnected with him recently, and he was beaming about his wife and family. As many good times as we had in the past, I truly think this was the happiest he ever sounded. Cherish your memories, and know that many prayers are with you.

With deepest sympathy,
Lance Scott
February 24, 2011
Rob, you were such a great father,I am truly going to miss talking to you and the times we shared. Thanks for having my back, you were so awesome to me and robby and mom, I'm going to miss you so much! Love you Rob...R.I.P., Your son Andrew
Andrew Morin
February 24, 2011
For me, the lasting memory of Rob is sitting at his home in Glen Hills, watching Sha-Na-Na on the television and preparing for our Lincoln middle school interpretation of Barbara Ann. (Bar, Bar, Bar....Bar, Barbara Ann.) Rob was our leader - greased back hair, sunglasses, and an over-the-top level of enthusiasm. I believe it was a hit - I know we had fun!
John Burbank
February 23, 2011
I was stunned when I heard the news. Rob and I worked together at BIG BOB's back in the day and lived in that famous house near Fairfield Beach with him, Rich and Eric for a while. He lived life to the fullest and was a good all around guy . RIP old friend...
Matt Kentosh
February 23, 2011
From the biggest Yankee fan to the biggest Redsox fan Rest in Peace. I wont ever forget you
February 23, 2011
Dear Samsel Family,

I was absolutely stunned to learn of Rob’s unexpected passing. Please accept my sincere condolences during this most difficult time.

Rob was a very thoughtful guy and very good at staying in touch with people. Having been friends in high school art class, we continued to stay in touch somewhat during the college years and occasionally through our grownup years. As the years went by, he’d call from time to time just to see how things were going and to tell a story or two.

Rob was quite a character, as many can attest. He had a great sense of humor with a dash of irreverence that rivaled many “Saturday Night Live” cast members. He had a distinct voice that was all his own and a unique talent for talking in “silly” voices. A child at heart, he was quite the comedic one and I suspect his son enjoyed every minute of it.

Rob spoke very fondly of his beautiful wife and was overjoyed with “Junior“. It was nice to hear someone speak with such pride about his family. He enjoyed spending his days with his boy and remarked how similar he was to Rob Jr. when he was his age. He will truly be missed by all.

My thoughts and wishes are with his family and friends.
Lauren Mencarini
February 23, 2011
Leslie, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family that you find peace and comfort in the memories and love that you shared.
Tina Cusimano
February 23, 2011
Very sad. Too young, too soon! RIP Rob. Erik & Alternate Universe LLC send our condolences.
Erik Yacko
February 23, 2011
Barb, Dave and Cheryl, My heart goes out to you all. How awful, I just could not believe that Robert has gone. God bless all of you left behind. May Jesus hold him in HIS hands.
Maggie Howard
February 23, 2011
Dear Barbara,David and Leslie. My deepest sympathy for you're loss of such a wonderful man. Many people have been touched by Robert's presence in their lives. He was a wonderful son,Father and husband and will be sorely missed.I will pray for you all in your time of great sorrow, but let us not forget all the fun and joy he brought to our lives. Robert and I spent the first 18 years of our lives collecting baseball cards,playing sports and having a great time growing up in Meriden.I loved Robert and will miss him greatly.
John Curry
February 23, 2011
It is with great sorrow that we note the untimely passing of our treasured alumnus, Robert E. Samsel, Sr. ('86). Rebecca and I join with the entire UB community in extending heartfelt condolences to his family and many friends. May his memory be a blessing for you always.

Neil Albert Salonen, President
University of Bridgeport
February 23, 2011
Wishing The Samsel family all the best during this time. I attended UB with Rob. He always had a smile on his face which I will never forget and his love for SKA music. Seek comfort in family and close friends.
Wendy Thompson(Simmons)
February 23, 2011
Such sad news. It's been ages since Rob & I last spoke but I will always carry many great memories of him from high school. Punk Rock, Skateboards, a little mischief and lots of laughs - he was a very good friend and will be sorely missed by those who knew him. My prayers and sympathies to the whole family.
Thom Sawyer
February 22, 2011
Leslie, such sad news to hear. My love to you and your family. I will always laugh and smile when I recall my brief "encounter" with Rob, as I chased down your Jeep frantically waving and thinking it was you, only to realize later that it was him. I could tell then that he had a great sense of humor.
February 22, 2011
I have worked in and around the Comicbook retail market for more years than I can remember, some of that time was spent working with Rob. There is no doubt that he was the party wherever he went. We didn't see each other often lately but seeing him at ComicConn this past year up in North Haven, I can honestly say he was never happier... being the Proud Papa and showing off his boy. No one on the planet could massacre my name like he could. My best wishes to his family and friends, you will be in my thoughts.
Pete Chuka
Pete Chuka
February 22, 2011
Dear Samsel Family:

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I know it is hard to deal with a sudden loss and I hope all the well wishes and memories bring you great comfort.
Kathy Sattler-Held
February 22, 2011
I was an art student with Rob, we went through all four years together. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. He really was a decent person and very funny.
casey sattler
February 22, 2011
To the Entire Samsel Family,
It was with utter shock for me to hear of Rob's passing. My deepest sympathy go out to all of you. I'm sad I never stayed in touch with him after high school. Rob had a HUGE influence on my life looking back at my high school years. Rob turned me onto most of the music I listened to in the 80's... British Ska (The Specials, The English Beat & Madness), my first concert with The Police and the Go-Go's. This very sad event brings back a lot of happy memories. I will never forget the party at the Jones' house, yikes! (If you were there you would know what I mean!) He will be missed by many. I will keep you all in my prayers.
Tad Sattler
February 22, 2011
Leslie...i am soooo sorry for your loss and for that matter ours as well, the barn won't be the same w/out him. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family...

Love,lisa and al
February 22, 2011
I was very sad when I read the obits. this morning. I went to H.S. with Rob and haven't seen him for a few years. But I remember what a nice guy he was and seemed to be always happy. So sorry for your loss. Peter
Peter Cotrona
February 22, 2011
With my deepest sympathy in the loss of Rob. I pray for peace and strength for all of his family...he lives on in all of you. Special thoughts, love and prayers...
Colleen Fitzgerald
February 22, 2011
Dear Barbara & Family

Sorry to read of the loss of your son Robert. My deep and heartfelt sympathy to you and his family.

Sincerely, Bernie Reiske
February 22, 2011
Rob’s sense of humor, smile and friendship was a gift to us. It goes without saying that he is a Legend of Cooper4
Gene Shapiro
February 22, 2011
I'm so sorry to hear about Rob's passing. His laugh and energy were a huge part of Cooper 4.
Sean Sullivan
February 22, 2011
It's 3am in Denver and I can't stop thinking about Rob(Sammy). I'm devastated beyond words, and my heart goes out to the Samsel family. Rob and I met at UB and became the best of friends. Regretfully, we let distance, and life in general, get in the way of seeing each other. However, I do take comfort in the fact that we chatted recently and told each other how much we missed each other. So, I say it again, "I miss you my friend". Your friend always..
Lou Valenti
February 22, 2011
I went to college at UB with Rob, I was in Chaffee 4 across from Cooper 4.
He defintely knew how to make people
laugh:-) I remember the day I met Rob. Chaffee 4 cheered on Cooper 4 in a pizza pie eating contest-- in front of the dorms. I haven't seen Rob in awhile--but after reading some of the other entries, it sounds like Rob continued on, to be someone you were glad to have met.
To the family, his wife and child, my heart goes out to you, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Christine (Reinholz) Manente
February 22, 2011
Leslie I am so very sorry for your loss... My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Courtney O'Brien
February 21, 2011
My heartfelt condolences to the Samsel family. I will pray for you and your son Leslie, and the rest of Rob's family. Rob was so fun to be around. He made so many of us laugh. I am so very sorry.
Wendy Thomas-Alexa
February 21, 2011
Mr and Mrs Samsel and Cheryl,
I am so sorry for your loss. It has been many years since I have seen all of you from the old Glen Hills days but I will always cherish the fond memories of hanging out with the happy go luck Rob. Blessings to his wife and son and to all of you.
Donna Kapitulik-Gudelski
February 21, 2011
I am so sorry to hear about Rob's passing. I went to High School with him. He was a nice guy. I've not seen him in many many years but remember him being a nice guy. My prayers go out to your family.
Kim Bradley Sander
February 21, 2011
Leslie- I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine what your going through, please know that your in my thoughts and prayers.
Jenn Cohen
February 21, 2011
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Robert. I went to Platt High School with him. He was always happy and enjoyable to be around. You will all be in my prayers as you move forward with such a loss and heavy heart. God bless you all.
Debralynn Thielman Santora
February 21, 2011
I am completely stunned to read this terrible news. It is so very hard to imagine silencing that great laugh. I can still see him and his roommate, Wild Wild Wesch, in the hallway on Cooper 4 at all hours of the night, causing mayhem, making us all laugh. I wish I could come to the service to meet his family and let them know the impact he had on us at UB. He will be sorely missed at our next Cooper 4 reunion.

Brendan Tobin
February 21, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with Rob's wife, childrean, and extended family. I met Sammy at UB 27 years ago and he was a big part of the Cooper 4 magic. Rob was a kind man with a sharp wit and good sense of humor. I will miss my Cooper 4 friend and brother.
Chris Forno
February 21, 2011
So very sorry to hear of Rob's untimely passing. I knew Rob first from his position at Wizard Magazine, then from the time he managed the comic book business at Steve Seto's store on Black Rock Turnpike, and then finally from Fantasy Comics in Bridgeport. Rob always had a smile on his face, and a story to tell. I saw him be a proud poppa at the North Haven comic book show last May and he was beaming! My condolences and prayers go out to his loving family and friends.
Jerry Ordway
February 21, 2011
Dear Barbara and Dave, It is with a heavy heart that I write this. I knew Robert from the day he was born. He was precious. There are no words to express our Deepest Sympathy to You and to Leslie and Robert Jr. You will all be in our Prayers. Love. pc
Pat & Frank Carlson
February 21, 2011
I lost my daughter 9 months ago, she was the same age as Robert. My heart goes out to the entire family, especially his mother, Barbara, who attends the same church as I do. May our Lord comfort you, as He has me, through this most difficult time.
Elaine MacMullen
February 21, 2011
Leslie, there are no words. Aaron and I are so sorry for your loss. If there is anything we can do for you - pick up shifts at work, help with Robby Jr, bring some food by....please do not hesitate to ask. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending you great big hugs. Love, Wendy and Aaron Marek xoxo
Wendy Marek
February 21, 2011
I'll miss you buddy. All our love to Les, Barb, Dave, Cheryl and all.
Jack and Kathy
February 21, 2011
Rob, you are missed. I'll always remeber your love of the Redsox and Redskins, and your love of your family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with Leslie, Rob Jr. and your family.
February 21, 2011
Leslie, so sorry to hear of your and your family are in my thoughts and my prayers..
Kay McMahon
February 21, 2011
I'm so sorry to hear that a classmate and good friend from back in high school has passed on. My deepest sympathies to the Samsel family. A funny man with a hyponotic laugh will be missed dearly. So long my friend, you will be missed.
Ray Berry
February 21, 2011
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
wilsa maisonave
February 21, 2011
I was sorry to hear of Rob's passing. My prayers and thoughts go out to the family during this difficult time.
Karen Salerno Perry
February 21, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you and our family at this difficult time.
Maureen Murray
February 21, 2011
So sorry to hear of your husband's passing. Suzy from the pharmacy told me and I was so shocked. Bless you and your families.
joan kovi
February 21, 2011
David and Barbara i was shocked to hear of Robert passing my prayers goes out to his wife and family and also with yous.
MaryAnn Plont
February 21, 2011
To my brother who I loved and will miss deeply! He always told me I was his brother from another mother. You will always be in my heart Rob your friend Jaime
Jaime Rodriguez
February 21, 2011
I was shocked to hear of Rob's passing, may God be with him, he was a true friend. Be strong for your son Leslie, he is going to need you. I know how greatly they where attatched. My deepest sympathy.
Carmen (Musa) Ocasio
February 21, 2011
I am so very sad to hear of Rob's passing. He was such an amazing friend for many years. My prayers and thoughts are with his family.
February 21, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.....the Pharmacy Staff at Masonic,
Jeff B, Bill, Lynne, Jeff N, Dan, Mariann, Suzy, Kathy and Marty
Suzy Powell
February 21, 2011
Barbara, David, & Family,
Please accept my heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your beloved Robert. May your memories of him give you comfort during the difficult times ahead. My thoughts & prayers are with you all.
Carol Ann Keough
February 21, 2011
I was saddened to hear of Rob's passing. My prayers and thoughts go out to you at this difficult time.
LeAnn Murphy Cassidy
February 21, 2011
On behalf of the Association des Chabot please accept our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families Samsel & Chabot, relatives and friends. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time of painful loss...
Diane Chabot Pard
February 21, 2011
Missing you already, Rob. Rest in peace.
Rich Crane
February 21, 2011
February 21, 2011
"Robsammy you will be missed my everyone that ever met you. I know you will be watching the redsox from Heaven. Go SOX!!!
Mike Russi
February 21, 2011
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