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  • Writer's pictureThe Hammonton Gazette

Samuel C. Codario Jr.

Samuel C. Codario Jr., also known as Sam Diamond, died at home with his loving family by his side.

Sam was a lifelong Hammonton resident and graduated from Hammonton High School in 1960. This is where his passion for music and football began. He continued on to play for the Hammonton Bakers, a semi-pro football team. In 1965 he opened Diamond S Gun & Saddle shop and Archery Course. Sam joined the local National Guard and was drafted into the army. Shortly thereafter he became ill and once stable, set off into the sunset on his two year and 19 day journey across the United States on Horseback from 1974-1976. He started in Atlantic City, N.J. and ended in Mission Beach, Calif. Sam was a talented musician, archer, sharp shooter, horseback rider, football player and inventor, but above all his greatest accomplishment was his family. For the past 30+ years he operated a golf barrier netting business “Cross Country Cowboy” inventing a patented system installed throughout the U.S. Sam greeted each day with a big smile and cheerful good morning. If you ever had one of Sam’s cheerful greetings, big bear hugs or firm handshakes you were blessed.

Sam is predeceased by his father, Samuel C. Codario Sr.; mother, Anna T (Giuffre) Codario; and brother, Dennis Codario.

Surviving are his loving wife of 32 years, Lucrecia (Sottile) Codario; his children, Samantha Egekwu (Okechi) and Elizabeth Schlaudt (Jeff) and his oldest children, Sandy Bennett Pawloski (Steve) and Samuel C Codario III; his brother, Ralph Codario (Rita); and sisters, Rosemarie Templeton (Frank) and Dianna Leonard (Jack). He is the loving grandfather of Ethan, Gabby, Isaiah, Vienna, Okechi, Levi, Everly and Lucrecia and loving uncle of Roseann, Regina, Renee and DeborahAnn.

A viewing will be held on Friday, January 1, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday, January 2, 2021 from 9-10:30 a.m., both at Marinella Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Parish- St. Joseph RC Church. Burial will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Arrangements made by Marinella Funeral Home.


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