Samuel Cesareo, Jr., a long time resident of the Bronx, New York, passed away on February 10, 2022, at the age of 54.
Samuel Cesareo, Jr., was born on November 7, 1967, in New York, New York, to Samuel Cesareo, Sr., and the late Lillian (Reyes) Cesareo.
Sam, an active member of Mensa, enjoyed stimulating the minds of himself and others with amicable, yet passionate debates. Although proud of his membership, he did not share this information with many people because he didn’t like to brag. He always remained kind, genuine, and humble.
Sam had 3 loves: paddleball, blackjack at Mohegan Sun Casino, and his wife of twenty years, Clara Custodio.
Sam’s love for paddleball started at the age of 13. Whether playing during an official match or at Orchard Beach with his friends, he was always a fierce competitor eager to accept a challenge. Sam was a champion of the sport with multiple victories alongside his long-time paddleball partner and best friend, Robert Sostre. On the courts, he was reverently referred to as “Samson” and “Sammy the Bull.” He even had a paddle bearing his name; which many players purchased, cherished, and loved.
The paddleball family lost an incredible member, and the world has lost a truly wonderful man! He was a committed husband, loving son, caring brother, and incredibly loyal friend. Once you knew Sam, you always had someone you could count on.
Sam is survived by his wife, Clara; his father, Samuel Cesareo, Sr.; Lethea (sister); Justin (brother); Morayma Crellin (sister-in-law); and his nieces and nephews: Carlos, Trish, Marisol, Patrick, Jenna, Eliana, Briana, Gabe, Brianna, and his “little bean” Alexandra.
Sam was a beautiful and kind soul who touched many people. He remains alive in our hearts, and his memories will continue to bring smiles to our faces. If there are paddleball tournaments in heaven, Sammy has already registered and is determined to get first place.
Visiting will be Monday 2/21 4-8pm. Funeral Service will be Tuesday at 10am at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Greenwood Union Cemetery 215 North St, Rye, NY 10580.