Samuel A. Maglione, 72, of Cedar Knolls, NJ, passed away suddenly at his home on Sunday, September 16, 2012. Samuel was born on October 22, 1939, in Orange, New Jersey. He met the love of his life, Geraldine Anfuso, on July 7, 1957, and they married on April 30, 1961. They had been happily married for just over 51 years. He dedicated his life to fire safety, serving as a member of the Orange Fire Department for 25 years. Sam first joined the Orange Fire Department in 1964. From 1975 to 1982, he served as the Chief Investigator and Inspector of the Fire Prevention Bureau, significantly reducing the number of fire losses within the city by as much as 78% in a single year. He later became a Deputy Fire Chief and was eventually appointed Fire Director and Chief Administrative Officer of the Department in 1984. He continued to serve in that capacity until 1989, when he went on to serve as Fire Director of the Perth Amboy, New Jersey Fire Department. In addition to his public fire service, in 1989, Maglione founded S. A. Maglione Associates, a private consulting firm specializing in fire loss and fire code compliance; surveys of industrial, commercial, residential and municipal fire defenses; and fire safety in planning and zoning. He has served as the President of the New Jersey Fire Prevention and Protection Association; authored or co-authored numerous fire-related publications including Fire Protection Inspectors Manual, Computers in Fire Prevention, Management in Fire Service, (2nd Edition, National Fire Protection Association); and served as a faculty member at Rutgers University and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office in the area of Fire Protection and Prevention. He also served in the United States Army and the National Guard in the early 1960s.
Samuel is survived by his loving wife, Geraldine Maglione; daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and James Cocuzza of Chester, NJ; daughter and son-in-law, Christine and Robert Beniers of Hingham, Massachusetts; his five grandchildren Samantha, Jamie, Gianna, Bobby, and Matthew Sammy; his sister, Rosa Reo of Hilton Head, South Carolina; and many loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his loving parents late Berardino and Mary (Canfora) Maglione, and his brother Berardino Maglione.