Samuel Arbeeny

Samuel Arbeeny

Tuesday, November 15th, 1949 Saturday, April 25th, 2020

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Obituary for Samuel W. Arbeeny

Sammy (Sam the Fence Man) Arbeeny

Tuesday, November 15th, 1949 – Saturday. April 25th, 2020

The beloved son and first-born child of Michael S. and Evelyn M. Arbeeny (d), Sammy was a Staten Island legend. The Arbeeny family moved to the Island from Brooklyn in 1954, where it became Sammy’s home for the next six decades.

He graduated from New Dorp High school in 1967 and soon after married his high school sweetheart, Linda Filippelli (d). They settled into Oakwood where he began his career as a skilled sheet metal specialist in the 1970’s. Sammy was one of the many professionals to build the World Trade Center’s globally-renowned framework. Their beautiful daughter Danielle arrived in 1972, making their family complete.

Keeping his Staten Island roots, Sammy opted to leave his career in sheet metal and open his own construction business. “Verrazano Fence Company” was aptly named as a tribute to the Arbeeny family’s migration from Brooklyn to Staten Island and was an immediate success. Verrazano Fence Company prospered throughout the 1980’s, offering personalized and quality service throughout the construction boom of that era.

He was a league bowler and a friend to many at “Rab’s” in New Dorp and was also an avid fisherman, reeling in a record breaking 48-pound bass from the Verrazano Narrows. Describing the impressive feat, Sammy joked to his family, “Either that fish was coming out or I was going in”. Such was his dry and cut to the chase wit, which made him a unique and memorable soul.

Of all things, his greatest joy came from spending time with his grandsons Anthony, Nicholas and Michael Messina. He is also survived by his father Michael S. Arbeeny, his daughter Danielle Messina, his siblings Cynthia Arbeeny, Audrey Arbeeny, Darian Touhey, Michael C. Arbeeny and Ashley Arbeeny, as well as his son-in-law Neal Messina and countless nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.

The only thing that overshadowed Sammy’s physical presence was his huge heart, which touched everyone he met.

There will be a public viewing at Colonial Funeral Home ( from 4-6pm pm Friday May 1st, with the funeral service at 9am on Saturday May 2nd. In light of these challenging times and attendance limitations being implemented, the family has set up a Facebook page which is now open to leave comments. The family will cast the last thirty minutes of his service on May 1st from 5:30pm to 6:00pm for friends and family around the world.

Sammy loved being around friends and family, so please share this link and all information with anyone you feel would like to pay their respect.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, May 1st, 2020 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Colonial Funeral Home
    2819 Hylan Boulevard
    Staten Island, NY
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    Friday, May 1st, 2020
    4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Interment

    Oceanview Cemetery (Staten Island)
    3315 Amboy Road
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Diana Lee Angstadt

Danielle, I remember you dad very well living on Staten Island on Leeds Street right next door. Audrey, his sister was my best childhood friend growing up. I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember your dad's family so well with very warm memories.
Comment | Posted at 01:17am via Condolence


Dear Danielle, We are so sorry to hear about your Dad. We are sending prays to you and your family. I have great memories of your Dad when we were younger. He was a wonderful, loving, guy and a lof of fun. My heart goes out to you. Sorry we could not be there. May he rest in peace.
Comment | Posted at 03:15pm via Condolence

Karen Filippelli

Danielle, we are sending our prayers to you,Neal, Anthony, Michael and Nicholas. May God give you the peace and comfort you will all need in these coming days. We will hold all the great memories of Sammy, forever in our hearts. May he rest in sweet heavenly peace with your Mom and the rest of the family. Love Karen and John Filippelli.
Comment | Posted at 06:12pm via Condolence

Mary Anne Ferrigno

Danielle, I pray for your strength and God give you peace now. You are a very strong woman and fought a battle for your Dad to the bitter end. Not many children love, honor and respect their parents like you did. You should be proud of the job you did. He will always be your angel watching over you. Love you - Mary Anne
Comment | Posted at 05:41pm via Condolence

Tina Vesce

We both send our sincere condolences to you Danielle & your family. Sammy was a great guy who will be missed by all. May he RIP.
Love, Tina & Frank
Comment | Posted at 05:20pm via Condolence

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