Thursday, May 9, 2019, Leroy Samuel passed away peacefully. Leroy was born in Darlington, South Carolina June 2, 1946 to MC and Ada Samuel. At the time of his death, Leroy resided in Lockport, IL.
After earning his high school diploma, Leroy continued his education by pursuing a trade in refrigeration repair. Much of his work career, he worked tirelessly as a machine operator at Caterpillar for 30-years before retiring in 1997. Anyone who had the privilege of knowing Leroy knew that he loved three things…traveling, fishing and gardening. Any given day he’d load up the “van” and head out to the fishing bank to catch some catfish. Catfish he didn’t eat but would clean it, filet it, steak it for the people he loved. On the days he wasn’t fishing he was tending to his beautiful, bountiful garden. He’d share the fruits of his labor with family, neighbors and friends. People who knew Leroy described him as hardworking, generous, thoughtful, compassionate, kind-hearted and forgiving.
Leroy loved and cherished his family and is survived by two sons; Michael Samuel and Lorenzo Samuel, Sr.; six grandchildren Lorenzo Jr., Da’Ja, Chamar, Christian, Omari and Maurice; two siblings Edward Samuel, Willis Samuel; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Leroy is also survived by his beloved life companion of over 35 years, Patricia Caesar. He is preceded in death by his parents Ada Samuel and MC Samuel; sister Barbara Samuel.
“We thought of you in love today, but that is nothing new. We thought about you yesterday and days before that, too. We think of you in silence, we often speak your name. Now all we have is memories and your picture in a frame. Your memory is our keepsake, with which we’ll never part. God has you in his keeping, we have you in our hearts