Hilrion "Leon" Samaroo was born on April 20, 1955, in Sangre Grande, Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), West Indies (W.I.). He was the second of seven children on his mother's side and oldest of eight on his father's side. Leon grew up in Sangre Grande and was affectionately known to close friends and relatives as "Sas".
On December 03, 1989, Leon migrated to the United States and later he became a naturalized citizen in 1996. He was a Jack-of-All-Trades and helped his family and friends with anything from laying floors, home remodeling, fixing cars or his long-time trade of electrical wiring. When he was not helping family and friends, much of his time was spent fixing his own home and cars.
Leon's first job was working as an electrician in Trinidad, and as a surveyor for Trinidad and Tobago's Forestry Department, before migrating to the United States where he worked for 26 years at Ancora State Psychiatric Hospital, subsequently retiring in 2017.
Leon was blessed with four beloved children: Avalon, Larry, Kester and Shervoughn. He loved his family unconditionally and was known as the peace-maker. He warmly embraced everyone in his circle, most importantly his children, siblings, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends. Much of his free time was spent with his dear friend and as he would say, "His Ride or Die," Mary-Ann White. Together, they would travel all over while going to eat and shop, especially at the Amish market.
He was preceded in death by: his mother, Margaret "Tiny" Samaroo; father, Rodney Ramirez of Sangre Grande, Trinidad & Tobago; uncles, Gayman, Enoch and Lance; and aunt, Eva.
His memory is cherished by: his beloved children, Avalon, Larry, Kester and Shervoughn; daughters-in-law, Elena and Toni; sisters, Marva, Cheryl, Denise, Joann, Sherrieann, Judit, and June; brothers, Ryan, Vernon, Lenox, Ricky, Clement and Nigel; sister-in-law, Mala; brother-in-law, Stephen; grandchildren, Michael, Shania, Malik, Jaden, Reyna, Tamia, Tayja and Tristen; nieces and nephews, Karyl, Thandi, Tyrik, Atiba, Nia, Vidia, Melina, Ayanna, Miriam, Tabitha, Elie, Keanu, Stacy, Karissa, Josiah, Sherrelle, Andrea, Danielle, Derek and Giselle; cousin, Roger; his friend, Mary; as well as a host of great nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.
Funeral services will be 3PM, Tuesday, December 29, 2020, Saint Augustine's Episcopal Church, 1709 Arctic Avenue, Atlantic City, New Jersey, where friends may call from 2PM.
For those who cannot attend in person, you may attend virtually at https://youtu.be/XopoJ1Rm09M.