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those cities were hit by atomic bombs, seeing the devas-
tation and destruction that effectively ended the war.
His duties included driving a jeep for Gen. Douglas
arold Samuels was in the insurance business
MacArthur, commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific.
for more than 40 years, building a successful
Mr. Samuels' interests included photography, tinkering
career as a district manager for the Farmers
in his workshop, traveling abroad and driving antique
Insurance Group through the Harold J.
cars. He owned as many as five old cars at one time,
Samuels Agency in Dearborn and Southfield. He sold
including a 1957 pink Ford Thunderbird convertible. He
the agency and retired in 1994.
spent a lot of time photographing and chronicling family
"He had boundless energy, was a natural
events. He volunteered for many organiza-
salesman and won a number of sales awards
tions, including William Beaumont
during his career, always taking a strong
Hospital in Royal Oak for eight years and
personal interest in his clients," said Adele
was a loyal volunteer for B'nai B'rith activi-
Samuels, his wife of 56 years. "Kindness
ties, often serving holiday meals at hospi-
was his callina b card."
Mr. Samuels, 79, a 45-year resident of
With the Chanukah holiday approach-
Southfield, died of leukemia Dec. 6, 2003.
ing, Rabbi Norman T. Roman of Temple
He was described by his family as the ulti-
Kol Ami, at the funeral, compared Mr.
mate "nice guy," a man who was "soft-spo-
Samuels' life to the shamus candle that
ken, kind, caring and very thoughtful."
kindles the menorah. "The shamus candle
"What can I do. to help you — what do
lights the other candles and makes them
you need?" was the way he always greeted
brighter, and that's what Harold did — he
members of his family.
brightened everyone's life by always giving
"He was a very orderly man and strong
and helping them; and it made them
on details," said his daughter Robin Rosen
stronger. He was the `go-to guy,' always
of Farmington Hills. "I guess it was part of
saying 'yes' to those in need, always fixing
his instinct as an insurance agent, taking
care of details and never leaving anything to chance. We
Mr. Samuels is survived by his wife, Adele; son and
could always count on him to help us when we needed -
daughter-in-law, Randy and Gail (Offen) Samuels of
Hartland; daughters and sons-in-law, Robin and Roy
Added his wife, "He didn't just take care of me; he
Rosen of Farmington Hills, Denise and Jim Lemire of
spent his life helping other people."
Southfield, Sheryl and Jeffrey Lesser of Farmington
After graduating from Detroit's Northwestern High
Hills; grandchildren, Katie, Karen, Kelli and Corey
School, Mr. Samuels had to forego college to earn
Rosen, Sarah Ann, Rachel and Zoe Lesser and Paul and
money for his family; and he became a machinist.
Anna Rose Lemire; sister, Sylvette Raub.
He entered the Navy during World War II. "He told
He was brother of the late Carolyn Ellis and brother-
us all of his war stories only a few days before he was
in-law of the late Arlen Gitlen.
unable to talk any more because of his illness," said
Contributions may be made to the Leukemia
daughter Robin. Mr. Samuels described how he could
Foundation of Michigan, 29777 Telegraph Road,
see the faces of Japanese kamikaze pilots in dive-
Southfield MI 48034, or JARC, 30301 Northwestern
bombers while serving on a heavy cruiser in the Pacific.
Highway, Farmington Hills MI 49334. Interment was at
Despite the dangers of radioactivity, he volunteered to
Hebrew Memorial Park. Arrangements by Hebrew
go into Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, a few days after
Memorial Chapel. ❑
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