Olive Semoy Assam

August 16, 1931February 5, 2019

Olive Semoy Assam “Nennie” 87, passed away peacefully Tuesday, February 5, 2019 . She was born August 16, 1931 to the late Chew Ashay and Clara Ankersingh in San Fernando, Trinidad. She later moved with her family to St. Thomas U.S.V.I before settling in Orlando Florida where she owned and operated a Pawn Shop for many years with her husband. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Assam of Trinidad and a grandson Daniel Assam. Olive is survived by her children Linda (Patrick) Khelawan, Desmond “Babie” (Jennie) Assam, Patsy (Jackie) Young, Bernadette (Henry) Doogarsingh, Jerry (Crystal) Assam; eleven grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren, who she leaves to love and cherish her memory.

Olive felt called to convert to the Catholic faith as a young girl, and her faith was central to her life. She was a member of the Legion of Mary at St. Augustine Catholic Church, where she enjoyed cooking for the homeless and serving as a Eucharistic Minister when called on. She loved to travel with her family. Olive enjoyed a party and could be found leading the Conga line! Olive was an avid gardener of fruits, vegetables and flowers. She loved to cook the food of her native Trinidad for family and friends including her famous banana and fruit cakes.

The Viewing will be held February 13, 2019 at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 375 Sunset Dr N, Casselberry, FL 32707 from 10-11 am, with the Mass and celebration of her life to follow at 11 am, Burial will be at Noon at All Faith's Memorial Park, 1390 Park Drive, Casselberry, FL 32707. Please join us for food and refreshments at the family home.


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 13, 2019
  • Committal Service Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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Barbara (Babsy) Thomas

February 13, 2019

I have such wonderful memories of Miss. Assam, neighbor, as we fondly called her at 29 St. John Road. Very kind and thoughtful neighbor. I remember the Saturday nights all of us (children) packed in the car going to town for a little outing, the delicious foods, pudding, Christmas cake and lots more.

I am so glad I was able to talk to her two Sundays ago. She spoke so well, so I was shocked when Patrick called me the morning to tell me she passed. She would always ask about my children especially Kareem, my son, how he was doing and offered prayers for his healing. I will miss that.

I will miss her. Eternal rest grant unto her Oh Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her, may she rest peace. Amen.

From Kareem, Mesha, Sheldon and Babsy

Anne The King family

February 10, 2019

Such sad news. Miss Assam as she was known to us. She and her family were wonderful neighbours even after they moved to the States.
We have very fond memories of her.
Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Rest in peace

The King Family

Crystal Assam

February 9, 2019

I believe that everyone is put on this earth for a purpose. For some of us, this is clear, and for those like myself, we are still figuring things out. Semoy, Olive, or Nennie, as she may have been fondly called, knew exactly her purpose. Food, family, and faith. This is what struck me most about her, her endless heart towards her children, grand, and great grandchildren. Everyone was family, from close friends, neighbors, and of course daughter in laws. Such a mighty women who could quiet a room, yet small in stature. She will always be remembered and her story will live on with all of us.

Laura Johnson

February 8, 2019

When 7-8 years old, I remember running around the Pawn Shop looking at all the knickknacks on shelves and cabinets. There was an electric guitar that hung in a corner, and I begged her to pull it down to play with. She told me if I can do it myself, I can play with it. I spent the rest of the day stacking whatever I could find to reach the guitar . She spent the rest of the day laughing.