Samuel “Sammy” Nardi died peacefully at his home surrounded by family and loved ones on October 10, in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania at the age of 85.
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Sammy is survived by his wife, Lois Nardi; His daughters, Nicole Nardi and Janine Balcik, all of Stroudsburg, and his son Frank Nardi and his fiancé Lauren Wagner of Denver, Colorado; Grandchildren Kayla Patney, Owen and Zoey Balcik; Brother Joseph Nardi and sister Margaret Perry of Carteret, New Jersey. He was preceded in death his sister Jenny Conroy, brother Martin Nardi, and by granddaughter Olivia Balcik.
Sammy was born on July 21,1934 in Port Reading, New Jersey to Antionette and Joseph Nardi along with 4 brothers and sisters; Joe, Margie, Martin, and Jenny. He moved his family to Pennsylvania in 1981 where he worked at Diversey/Unilever as a purchasing, manager until he retired.
Musical accomplishments: A Life-long entertainer, Sammy started playing music in a 15-piece orchestra at age 17; graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City; played summer stock and recorded with the Chancellors. Their song, “I’m Coming Home,” recorded on RKO Unique Records, made the Top 10 in 1955 culminating in live shows at the Sands in Las Vegas, where he met Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Jerry Lewis and others. Sammy has opened at conventions for the Fraternal Order of Eagles, performing before Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Connie Stevens, Lorrie Morgan, Billy Ray Cyrus and others. For years, he played keyboard and guitar, a few times a week at area Pocono resorts, the Eagles club and private parties. In 2003, Sammy was featured in a Pocono Record article titled, “Music never stops with Sam Nardi” and up until his death, Sammy never stopped entertaining.
Church: One of the first permanent deacons ordained in New Jersey in 1977, at St. Joseph parish in Carteret, N.J.; worked as a chaplain at Pocono Medical Center, also baptized and married people; A member of St. Matthew’s parish in East Stroudsburg, he spent years helping with communion and assisted at funerals during the week.
Military Service: Sammy was drafted in 1957 into the Army and went to Germany. There he also played music with an Army swing band and was featured on German television stations.
Awards: Fraternal Order of Eagles Hall of Fame, for devotion and service to the organization for playing at the annual convention starting in 1988 and also served as a Secretary at the Eagles Club in Stroudsburg.
Sammy was known for his big smile, endearing sense of humor, and his relentless positive energy. He used his talents in music, song and dance, along with his dedication to his faith to lift and inspire all those around him. Sammy was always able to make people laugh and brighten their day, he was a spiritual mentor to many, and lived his life to the very fullest.
A viewing is scheduled for Saturday, October 26 from 9:30 to 11:30am at Pula’s Funeral Home, followed by a mass at St. Matthews Church from 12-1pm in East Stroudsburg. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Sammy’s life. The family would like to thank St. Luke’s Hospital Hospice for their wonderful efforts, care, dedication to Sammy in is final days. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to support veterans at VFW.Org and In Memory of Samuel Nardi.