Senior Airman Richard A. Samaroo
Hometown: North Brunswick, New Jersey.
Died: November 2, 2020.
Unit: 51st Civil Engineer Squadron, Osan Air Base, South Korea.
Richard "Rico" Asey Samaroo
North Brunswick - Rico Samaroo, Senior Airman USAF, passed away while on active duty at Osan Air Force Base in South Korea. He was 21 years old.
Rico was born in Guyana and came to the United States in 2003. He resided in New Brunswick, Parsippany, Flemington and Northampton Pennsylvania before moving back to North Brunswick where he has lived since.
He attended Livingston Park Elementary, Linwood Middle School and North Brunswick High School where he graduated class of 2017 with honors. He soon after enlisted in the United States Air Force. Rico completed his basic training at Lackland Airforce Base in Texas then completed his military schooling at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. Rico served in Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany for two years and Osan Air Force Base in South Korea since May of 2020.
He was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, The Global War on Terror Medal, the M-16 Expert Qualifying Medal and the Air Force Training Ribbon.
He was predeceased by his grandfather Albert Samaroo.
Rico is survived by his parents Richard and Bibi Samaroo, a sister Zhane Samaroo, his grandparents along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends.
Friends and family may visit from 5-9 PM on Thursday evening at the Gleason Funeral Home 1360 Hamilton Street in Somerset. A brief funeral ceremony will take place on Friday morning at 8:30 AM at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Brig. General William C. Doyle Veteran Cemetery in Wrightstown, NJ.
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 199
WHEREAS, United States Air Force Senior Airman Richard “Rico” Asey Samaroo was born in Guyana and moved to the United States in 2003, spending his formative years in North Brunswick, New Jersey; and
WHEREAS, Senior Airman Samaroo attended Livingston Park Elementary School, Linwood Middle School, and North Brunswick High School, from which he graduated with honors in 2017 and thereafter enlisted in the United States Air Force; and
WHEREAS, Senior Airman Samaroo completed his basic training at Lackland Airforce Base in Texas and subsequently completed his military school training at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas; and
WHEREAS, Senior Airman Samaroo served as an electrical power production technician at the Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany for two years and later as a member of the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron at the Osan Air Force Base in South Korea, where he had been stationed since May of 2020; and
WHEREAS, Senior Airman Samaroo was the recipient of multiple honors during his service, including the National Defense Service Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Medal; the M-16 Expert Qualifying Medal; and the Air Force Training Ribbon; and
WHEREAS, while on active duty in South Korea, Senior Airman Samaroo tragically passed away at the age of twenty-one; and
WHEREAS, Senior Airman Samaroo was a beloved member of our New Jersey family whose presence will be immensely missed by his family, his friends, his fellow service members, and by the people of New Jersey whom are grateful for his service; and
WHEREAS, it is with immense sadness that we mourn Senior Airman Samaroo’s sudden passing, and extend our deepest sympathy and gratitude to his family, especially to his parents, Richard and Bibi Samaroo, his sister, Zhane, and his friends and colleagues; and
WHEREAS, it is appropriate to honor the exemplary character, outstanding achievements, and cherished memory of Senior Airman Samaroo and to mark his passing;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PHILIP D. MURPHY, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:
1. The flag of the United States of America and the flag of New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities during appropriate hours on Monday, November 23, 2020, in recognition and mourning of Senior Airman Richard Asey Samaroo.
2. This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 20th day of November,
Two Thousand and Twenty, and of the Independence of the United States, the Two Hundred and Forty-Fifth.
/s/ Philip D. Murphy
/s/ Parimal Garg
Chief Counsel to the Governor