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The Honorable Judge Samuel G DeSimone Named 2015 Italian-American Citizen of the Year by Glouceste
Commission will honor DeSimone during Taste of Italy Fundraising Event
By: Gloucester County Italian Heritage Commission
The son of immigrants from Penne, Italy, DeSimone feels honored for his nomination as Italian-American Citizen of the Year. “[My father] emphasized the love of America and obtaining a good education. He was my role model and my hero. I love America and respect my ancestral home, having visited Italy numerous times over the years. I am honored to be named “Italian American of the Year.’”
The Commission will honor DeSimone during its “A Taste of Italy” fundraiser on October 22 at 6 p.m. at Auletto Caterers in Deptford, NJ and invited the public to attend.
Priced at $40, tickets can be purchased in advance at gctasteofitaly.eventbrite.com or by contacting Carol Ann DeSimine at (856) 494-3281, or at the door. The event supports the 12th Annual Italian Heritage Festival of Gloucester County to be held October 4 at Riverwinds Community Center in West Deptford activities of the Gloucester County Italian Heritage Commission and scholarships to Gloucester County students studying the Italian language.
About Judge DeSimone
Born March 31, 1931 in Paulsboro, NJ, DeSimone attended the Paulsboro school system and was inducted into the Paulsboro High School Sports Hall of Fame. He graduated and earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1952 from Gettysburg College’s R.O.T.C. program.
From there, DeSimone entered into the military service and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry and became an awarded Commanding Officer, receiving the Army’s Commendation Medal Pendant for Meritorious Service for his service in Korea
Upon his discharge from the U.S. Army, DeSimone earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from Georgetown University. He remained in the general practice of law until being appointed in 1975 by Governor Brendan Burn to the Superior Court Bench, where he served until his retirement in 2000. DeSimone remains a member of the American, Gloucester and New Jersey State Bar Associations.
Prior to his retirement, DeSimone was honored by the U.S. Department of State, which requested that he travel to Italy to consult with the Italian Judges on judicial efficiency and judicial education. DeSimone has traveled the globe teaching judicial procedure and judicial subjects.
Additional selected accomplishments/
o New Jersey State Bar Association Medal of Honor for his contributions to the Administration of Justice
o V. Robert Payant Award for Excellence in Judicial Teaching
o Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Service Award
o St. Thomas More Award from the Diocese of Camden
o Authored several judicial articles published in Court Review
o Past President of the American Society of Justinian Jurists
o Founding member of Gloucester County Boys and Girls Club
o Former faculty, The National Judicial College, University of Nevada in Reno
o Korean War Veterans Association;
o Second Infantry Division Association
o Veterans of Foreign Wars
o VFW Anthony T. Calista Post in Gibbstown, NJ
o Retired Judges Association of New Jersey
o Commissioner, New Jersey Commission for the Blind
Previous Italian-American Citizen of the Year award recipients* are:
2014: George Anastasia for his accomplishments as an author and journalist
2012: Diane Macris for her contributions to local arts and history development in Gloucester County and support of the Commission
2011: Nick Micho for his service to organizations and his leadership in Gloucester County
2010: Jim Daloisio for his civic involvement in Gloucester County
2009: Assemblyman John Burzichelli for his service to the residents of New Jersey
2008: Jim Auletto for his continuous support and gracious hospitality of the Italian Festival and for his service to other community organizations
2007: Joseph Cannavo for promoting the study of the Italian language in Gloucester County schools
2006: Angelo Romeo for accomplishments under his leadership as Gloucester County’s Director of the Office of Veterans Affairs
* In 2013, rather than selecting an individual for the award, the Commission honored past I-A Citizen of the Year recipients as part of its 10th anniversary celebration.
The Gloucester County Italian Heritage Commission was organized in 2007 with the mission of promoting the study of Italian language in Gloucester County schools and to perpetuate the traditions and art forms of the Italian culture through an annual festival and other cultural events throughout the year. To learn more visit www.facebook.com/
Carol Ann DeSimine