Samuel Marino

Passed away on May 2, 2009

Samuel Marino, 81, of Vernon, and formerly of Cipolla Drive, East Hartford, went Home to be with Our Lord on Saturday, (May 2, 2009) with his caring wife by his side at Rockville General Hospital. Sam was the loving husband of over 60 years to Sophie (Gangi) Marino. Born in Sicily, Italy on November 14, 1927, a son of the late Sebastian and Venera (Siciliano) Marino, he had been a life-long resident of the Hartford area. Prior to his retirement, Sam was involved in the flooring and rug industry throughout the area for many years. Sam enjoyed gardening, especially vegetables, and was an avid duckpin-bowler who bowled in the Joe Serignese League at Holiday Lanes in Manchester. Along with his devoted wife, Sophie, Sam is survived by his son, Michael Marino and his wife, Linda, of Tolland; four daughters, Michele Monty and her husband, Gene, of Bolton, Valerie Policarpio of Norwich, Tammy Santia and her husband, Emil, of Staffordville, Loriann McNiff and her husband, Hugh, of Stafford Springs; thirteen special grandchildren, Jamie, Jessica, Jennifer, Julie, Samuel, Michael, Leia, Ashley, Kelsey, Joshua, Sofia, Daniel, and Kevin; and four adored great-grandchildren. Sam also leaves two sisters, Phyllis Cuscovitch of East Hartford, Mary Lagana and her husband, Sal, of Middletown; several nieces, nephews, friends, and former customers. Funeral services will be Thursday (May 7th) at 10:30 a.m. from the D'ESOPO-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Rose Church, 33 Church Street, East Hartford. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Burnside Avenue, East Hartford. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home chapel on Thursday morning from 9-10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Sam's memory may be made to the Hockanum Valley Food Share, c/o Hockanum Valley Community Council, Inc., 155 West Main Street, Vernon, CT 06066. For any on-line expressions of sympathy to the family please visit


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- Jan Upchurch

November 29, 1901

My Dearest Aunt Sophie,

There are no words to express how deeply sorry I am to hear that such a wonderful man is not here with us any longer. He was such a devoted husband and what a wonderful Dad he was! I can look back and remember with so much happiness all the wonderful times we all had together as a family. He was my favorite Uncle. I will always remember his expressions. He didn't have to say anything, but you knew exactly what he meant. My heart breaks for you and my cousins. We are all going to miss him so much, especially my Mother. The sadness in her heart I know will never go away. She loved him so much. My God be with you now during this difficult time. You and the rest of the family are in my thoughts and prayers. I love you very much. Jan

- Phyllis Cuscovitch

November 29, 1901

Dear Mom,

I will remember all the stories you told me about how difficult you and Uncle Sam had it growing up without a Father. In Italy you had no one to love you but Nonni. Now he is with his Father who he never knew and Nonni. All you had was each other. When you came to America, he had Aunt Mary and they became very close and how deeply they loved each other. With God's help you all survived. Then he met Aunt Sophie and God blessed him with a beautiful wife and then God smiled down on him and blessed with a beautiful family. He was truly loved by all. I know you will miss him terribly. One day you will all be reunited again. I know that Dad and Uncle Sam are now having a drink, Scotch. Hold on to your memories. They will be with you always. I Love You Mom. Your loving Daughter Jan.

- Lori McNiff

November 29, 1901

Dear Mom, How do I put into words how I feel. The saddness is a weight in my heart. I am so glad I have you to stand by, you are the strongest person I know and I am thankful for you. Dad was the best father anyone could ask for. Not just because he always said yes to everything I ask for, but he would always put in ask your mother too, and of course I never did. He loved us so much, we were his pride and joy all of his children and his wife. He loved his sisters and family members so much too.I just can't believe Im not going to be able to come in the door at your home and joke with him and all he would do is throw his hands in the air and laugh. as he got older he wasnt much for words but the looks would just kill you. He was the most wonerder man I have ever known and there will be know one that can take that away from him. Dad I love you so much and I will miss you like you will never know. May God take care of you in heaven with everyone you know there. LOVE YOUR DAUGHTER ,LORI