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DONIO Samuel Alfred
Birth: 26 Oct 1930 Winslow, Camden Co., N.J.
Death: 22 Jun 1999 Philadelphia, Pa.
Burial: 26 Jun 1999 Oak Grove Cemetery, Hammonton, N.J.
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DONIO, SR, SAMUEL A., 68, prominent local attorney and lifelong Hammonton area resident, died
Tuesday, June 22 at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania. He was 68.
Mr. Donio was widely known in South Jersey for his active law practice, a career that spanned 45 years, up
to the day of his death. He served a wide variety of clients and is perhaps best known for his legal work for
Son of the late Frank Donio and the late Millie Donio nee LaManna. Mr. Donio was born and raised in the
family homestead in Rosedale. He spent his young years working family farms and in the family produce
wholesale business before answering to his calling, the practice of law.
Mr. Donio graduated from St. Joseph's High School in Hammonton in 1948, where he was a champion
basketball player with a trademark "scoop" shot. He attended St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where
he was on the Dean's List and graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.
Then, Mr. Donio attended Rutgers School of Law in Camden. There he was a division editor and member of
the board of editors of the Rutgers Law Review. He graduated with honors in 1955. He met his wife of 43
years, Diane L. DiMarino, while commuting by train to his law classes in Camden.
He became a member of the New Jersey Bar in 1955 and then served in the United States Navy from 1955
to 1957. He then began the private practice of law, which he always maintained as a general practice,
personally handled a wide variety of matters for hundreds of clients. At the time of his death, Mr. Donio was
senior partner of Donio Bertman and Donio, a general practice firm that now includes his daughter, Ann, and
one of his sons, William. His practice included commercial transactions, real estate, educational law and
In his work, Mr. Donio combined a passion for the practice of law with strong feelings about the importance
of education. Mr. Donio served local communities-especially schools-in his law practice. He has been the
Solicitor of the Hammonton Board of Education since 1973, the Solicitor for the Linwood Board of Education
since 1982. At various times Mr. Donio also served as solicitor for the school boards of Egg Harbor City,
Hamilton Township and Washington Township, the solicitor of the planning board of the Township of
Winslow, and the municipal solicitor of Hammonton, Winslow and the Borough of Folsom. And he was a
founding member of the Board of Trustees of Atlantic Community College in Mays Landing.
Mr. Donio is a former member of the Hammonton Kiwanis Club. Mr. Donio also served on the Supreme
Court of New Jersey Ethics Committee in Atlantic County.
In addition to his busy law practice, Mr. Donio remained active in the produce business his father founded.
Mr. Donio was Vice President of Donio Trucking, a director of Frank Donio Inc., and a partner of Donio
Mr. Donio is survived by his wife of 43 years, Diane L. Donio nee DiMarino; son Samuel A. Donio, Jr. and
daughter-in-law Nancy Donio, of Farmingdale; daughter Ann M. Donio, Esq. and son-in-law David Enscoe of
Hammonton; son Paul J. Donio of New York City; son Robert F. Donio and daughter-in-law Michele Watson
Donio of Hammonton; and son William S. Donio, Esq. and fiance Nicole Sellaro, of Hammonton; sister
Annabel Donio Arena and his brother, Frank G. Donio, both of Hammonton, four grandchildren, Anna Marie
Donio, Abigail Diane Donio, David Donio Enscoe, and Janey Donio Enscoe, and many nieces, nephews,
cousins and relatives.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, June 26 at 9:30 a.m. at Saint Martin de Porres Roman
Catholic Church, South Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery,
Hammonton. Visitors may call Friday after 6.00 p.m. at Marinella Funeral Home, 102 North Third Street,
In commemoration, donations may be made to a foundation established in his honor by his children, The
Samuel A. Donio Foundation for Education, P.O. Box 88, Hammonton, N.J. 08037.
Press of Atlantic City, The (NJ) - Thursday, June 24, 1999
DONIO Francesco (Frank) (9 Jul 1898 - 2 Aug 1971)
LAMANNA Emila (Millie) (13 Sep 1901 - 28 Oct 1988)
DONIO Annabelle ()
DONIO Samuel Alfred (26 Oct 1930 - 22 Jun 1999)
DONIO Frank Gabriel (9 Nov 1938 - 1 Jan 2011)
Marriage To DI MARINO Diane L. ()
Children by DI MARINO Diane L.
DONIO Samuel Alfred ()
DONIO Ann Marie ()
DONIO Paul J. ()
DONIO Robert F. ()
DONIO William S. ()
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