Samuel P. Fine, passed away peacefully early Saturday morning, August 6, 2022, at the incredible age of 99, while holding the hand of his wife of 73 years, Naomi Stern Fine.
Samuel was born June 4, 1923 in Smokey Hollow, Youngstown, Ohio, the youngest of six sons, Benjamin, Morris, Harry, David and Hyman, of the late Max and Bertha Fine.
Samuel leaves to carry on his memory his wife, Naomi, his son Alan, granddaughter Jennifer Fruzzetti, and grandsons Jared Townsend Fine and Adam Townsend Fine, as well as countless nieces and nephews. Samuel was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Maxine Fine Fruzzetti, who passed in 2005.
After having graduated Rayen High School in 1943, Samuel embraced the call of duty and joined "The Greatest Generation" as a member of the 82nd Airborne, 50th Field Hospital, 325 Glider Company as a medical corpman. One week after the D-Day landings, he crossed the English Channel by glider, landing in a cabbage patch in Nijmegan, Holland. One of his fondest possessions is a silk scarf made from a parachute and given to him by the farmer's wife from that cabbage field. His son, Alan, still wears that scarf to this day.
Following his landing, Samuel served his country as a corpman throughout Holland, Belgium, France, and finally England, until the end of the war. He received several medals and commendations, including the Bronze Star, Orange Lanyard of the Netherlands Army, a Meritorious Sevice Citation, and the Belgian Fourragere Medal for meritorious duty at the Battle of the Bulge.
After returning to Youngstown, Samuel married Naomi Stern, established a family, and spent the next 45 years working with his brothers Benjamin and Harry at B Sandel's Loan on East Federal St.
An avid sportman in his younger years, Samuel enjoyed playing golf, baseball, and bowling, playing with various local leagues and coaching local grade school baseball teams.
Samuel will be remembered for his humor, sense of decency, and dedication to friends and family.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Monday, August 8 at Itts' Memorial Chapel of Anshe Emeth Cemetery, Granada Ave, Youngstown, Ohio.
Donations may be made in Sam's memory to Levy Gardens.
Arrangements have been entrusted to The Shriver-Allison-Courtley-Weller-King Funeral Home.
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