Rudolph (Rudy) Orlando Sammarco, age 93 of Leland NC, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 4th, 2023 at a Hospice Center in Bolivia.
Rudy was born at home in Fort Lee NJ during the first week of September to parents Stephanie and Luigi Sammarco. While Stephanie was giving birth to Rudy, child #8, Luigi was “out fishing” …..and by the time either of them had the chance to let the town know that Rudy was in fact here, it was September 7th, 1929 (which became Rudy’s official DOB).
After completing High School in Fort Lee, NJ, Rudy joined the United State Airforce and was enlisted between 1950 – 1954 He learned Camera Repair Skills, Basic Electricity and worked with Motion Picture Equipment.
Rudy was married twice. His first wife was Eileen Marie Eichele, and together, they had their daughter (Anne). Rudy’s second marriage was to Doris Caroline Jensen. Doris had a son named James. Rudy and Doris’s marriage lasted 48 years! During that time, they lived in multiple homes in multiple states …And they collected friendships everywhere they lived! Finally, they settled in their “forever home” right here in the Waterford Community in Leland.
Surviving is a daughter, Anne Marie House, a Step Son James Edward Sammon and a Daughter-in-Law Juliete Sammon. Rudy’s grandchildren include Jessica Anne Colomier (and her husband Christopher Colomier), Mallory Lynne House, James Rudy Sammon and Katherine Cortes.
Rudy is known for his love of Swimming, Billiards, Card Playing and Joke Telling! In his spare time, Rudy enjoyed buying and selling Cars, Washing and Waxing his own Car, Working out in the Gym and Gardening. His motto was “if you can’t eat it, don’t grow it”, LOL.
The family will see friends on Saturday, July 8th, at the Wilmington Funeral Home located at 525 Village Rd NE, Leland NC 28451. The visiting hours will be from Noon – 3pm and again at 6-8pm and A memorial mass will take place on Monday, July 10, 2023 at 11:00 am from Basilica of St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Ann in Wilmington, NC. The family would like to thank Gentiva Hospice for making a significant difference during the last 3 months of Rudy’s life.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gentiva Hospice in Memory of Rudolph Sammarco. Gentiva’s address is: 497 Olde Waterford Way, Suite 208, Belville, NC 28451