Dan Samel, 83

-JUNE 21, 2012

June 25, 2012
  • Dan Samel
Dan Samel

Dan Samel, 83, of Hampstead, N.C., passed away peacefully in his sleep early on the morning of June 21, 2012, at the Davis Health Care Center in Porter’s Neck, N.C., following a battle with cancer.
Dan was born in Dover, N.J., the son of David and Florence Samel.

David was a jeweller in Dover, and later Trenton and Pennington, N.J., and Florence was a schoolteacher in Morris County, N.J.

Dan graduated from Roxbury High School in Succasunna, N.J., and later earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Seton Hall University.

He served overseas as a member of the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and later spent most of his professional career working as a civilian computer systems analyst for the Department of the Army at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey, and Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Pa.  

Dan, and his wife, Estelle, who is a retired elementary schoolteacher, were married in 1955, and raised two sons, Matthew and Charles. The family lived for many years in Succasunna, where Dan and Estelle were early and active members of Temple Shalom. They later moved to Hagerstown, Md., and in 1993, Dan and Estelle retired to Hampstead, in the golf community of Belvedere Plantation.

Dan obtained his North Carolina real estate license and worked for many years in Pender County as a real estate agent. He was an avid golfer, boater, and British sports car collector and enthusiast.

Dan was active in the American Legion posts while living in Hagerstown and Hampstead, and Dan and Estelle were members of the British Motor Club of the Cape Fear, the Harbour Village Yacht Club and Temple of Israel in Wilmington, N.C.

Dan is survived by his wife of 57 years, Estelle, of Hampstead; his brother, Franklin Samel of Orlando, Fla.; his son, Matthew J. Samel of Providence, R.I.; his son, Charles H. Samel of Marina del Rey, Calif.; his grandson, Ben; and granddaughter, Jamie.

A memorial service took place Sunday, June 24, at 2 p.m. at the Temple of Israel in Wilmington. At Dan’s request, there will not be an interment.

Online condolence may be made at

Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel

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