OSWEGO, NY – Samuel J. Giambo, 80, of Oswego, died Saturday April 27, 2013, after a sudden illness while on vacation.
Sam was born and raised in Oswego, the son of the late Anthony and Virginia (Amedio) Giambo.
He remained a lifelong resident of Oswego.
He was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church and a member of the American Legion and the Dante Alighieri Lodge, Oswego.
He served in the United States Army from 1954 until 1962.
Sam worked at Miller Brewery in Fulton, NY, from the time the plant opened until its closure in 1994.
After retirement Sam relished in the warmth and sunshine of Florida winters.
When spring arrived, Sam returned to Oswego where he would often spend the afternoons gardening.
As the child of Sicilian immigrants, Sam carried on the wine-making tradition passed down to him by his father. He and Anthony Mesiano spent many hours tending to their small vineyard.
He adored his family and spent many evenings at the park with his grandchildren, during their younger years.
Ever the one to enjoy life, Sam could often be found laughing and teasing the kids at holiday gatherings.
He was predeceased by his loving wife, Jean Giambo, in 1999; their son, Thomas; and grandson, Philip.
Sam is survived by his children, William (Irene) Giambo of Hudson, Fla., Cindy Giambo and partner, Cynthia Lyons-Brush of Atlanta, Ga., and Suzanne (Kevin) Watts of Oswego; his grandchildren, Stephanie Mandurano of Oswego, Steven Mandurano of Seattle, Wash., Karl Giambo of Hudson, Fla., and Brittany Watts of Oswego; as well as two great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his companion of 12 years, Emma Jean VanDusen.
A memorial service will be held Monday 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, Oswego.
Burial will be in All Saints Mausoleum.
The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.