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 (www.colonialfuneralhomesi.com) 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.