February 09, 2013

Selmo “Sam” Mino

Newtown, PA.  –  Mr. Selmo “Sam” Mino, 88, died on February 9, 2013 at the Chandler Hall Rehabilitation Center in Newtown, PA.   He was born in Anawalt, W.V. and moved at the age of 2 to Randolph, N. J. where he lived on his family’s farm until he married his high school sweetheart Margaret (nee Henderson).  He lived in Ledgewood, NJ, most of his life before moving to PA in 2012 to live with his family.

He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Margaret (Henderson) Mino in 2001 and is survived by his 3 children; Dr. David E Mino (wife Judy) of Washington Crossing, PA, Dr. Robert D Mino (wife Lisa) of Furlong, PA, and Linda Mino McKeen (husband Larry) of Washington Twp., NJ. He also leaves his 10 beloved grandchildren:  Diana Mino, Melissa Mino-Haines , Lindsey McKeen –Polizzotti, David Mino, Michael McKeen, Matthew Mino, Andrew Mino, Steven McKeen, Samuel Mino, and Claire Mino.

Sam was a graduate of Roxbury High School class of 1942 and worked as a machinist for Westinghouse Corp during WW II.  He attended Seton Hall University before opening his first Sunoco automobile station in Kenvil, NJ.  He later relocated his business to Rt. 10 in Succassunna, N.J.  In the early 1970’s, Sam’s Auto Repair moved to Main St. Ledgewood, N.J. until his retirement in 1984.   He was an active member of the Ledgewood Baptist Church for nearly 50 years.

Always willing to help others, Sam was a 60 year member of the Roxbury Township KIWANIS Club, serving twice as president.   In 1996, Sam received the George F. Hixon Award which is the Kiwanis Club’s highest award.  On March 24, 1996, “Sam Mino Day” was proclaimed by the Township of Roxbury. 

Sam was also a member of the Musconetcong  Lodge #42 F&AM  and a 32nd member  of the Scottish Rite of Northern New Jersey.

Sam helped found the Roxbury Little League in the early 1950’s, often taking players in the back of his pickup truck to compete against other towns. He was instrumental in acquiring the land for what became Kiwanis Park which was later dedicated to the Township of Roxbury.  For his long standing service to the community, Sam received the James R. Sprow Distinguished citizen Award in 1998 which recognizes long term volunteer commitment to the community.

 Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna  973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Wednesday from 3 – 5 & 7 – 9 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, 10 am, at the Ledgewood Baptist Church, with the interment immediately following at the Stanhope Union Cemetery.


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