Daniel A. Samuel
March 7, 1938 – September 22, 2023
Mr. Daniel A. Samuel passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, September 22, 2023 at his home in Mount Airy, Maryland.
Daniel was born on March 7, 1938 to the late Appakkulathu Samuel and Chinnamma Samuel in Kayamkulam, Kerala, India.
After completing his high school education in Kayamkulam, Daniel moved to Bombay to pursue employment in the processing, packaging and distribution industry. It was there he began a successful career and was quickly promoted to the position of Sales Manager. Over the next ten years, he achieved many professional accomplishments. He attended The Pentecostal Mission (TPM) church in Vile Parle, Bombay. There he was introduced to his bride to be, Annamma Varghese. They got married on October 28, 1971. Shortly thereafter, Daniel accepted a position in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia with Olayan General Contracting Company (GCC) in Al Khobar. The following year, they were blessed with their firstborn son, Jenson Daniel. Over the next few years, their family grew and were blessed with the birth of two daughters, Betty and Carolyn Daniel.
Daniel had the opportunity to move to Trivandrum, Kerala for a few years to care for and support his aging parents. There he joined The Pentecostal Mission (TPM) church where he built many long lasting friendships.
Through the course of his career at Olayan GCC, he held positions of increasing responsibility to include Purchasing, Inventory and Distribution Manager. He had a strong work ethic and demonstrated stellar performance which led to several recognition awards from senior leadership at his company. He was often asked to represent his company in several countries around the world, and was responsible for capturing new business opportunities in international markets. Following 22 years of dedicated service at Olayan GCC, Daniel retired in 1998 from his job in Saudi Arabia and immigrated to the United States so that he could join his wife and children in Maryland.
Daniel had vast knowledge and experience in supply chain management and logistics. He had entrepreneurial ambitions and ventured to start his own business named Daniel Logistics Company (DLC). He was very hard working and ran the business profitably for 20 years with his wife, and officially retired at the age of 81.
The love for his family was his driving force and motivation. He was a very involved and dedicated father, and took great joy in each of his children’s accomplishments. He also enjoyed spending time with extended family and friends. He had a strong sense of humor and a signature laugh. He always enjoyed entertaining his friends with anecdotal stories about his life experiences. He was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, spiritual, and a living testimony of God’s faithfulness through all seasons of his life. He attended Hope International Christian Fellowship, and stood strong in his faith in God, and served as an active participant and mentor to those in leadership.
Daniel loved bright sunny days and had a positive outlook on life. He was a source of encouragement and wisdom to many. He was charismatic, genuine, kind, and generous. People remember him as a man of honesty and integrity. He was regarded as an intelligent and intellectual person who was well versed in various topics. He was a passionate reader of books, and a lifelong learner. He always had a pleasant smile, was soft spoken, yet an able administrator and leader. He was very disciplined, especially when it came to church attendance, prayer and honoring God, punctuality, dress and attire. He exhibited moderation, respect and honor in every situation.
Daniel was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Daniel is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Annamma Daniel whom he fondly called “Ammini”; son, Jenson S. Daniel (Geeta); daughter, Betty F. Malin (Wesley); and daughter, Carolyn F. Abraham (Joshua). He is survived by his loving grandchildren, Christian, Tara, and Alexander Daniel, and Rebecca and Jonathan Malin. He is also survived by his two older brothers, George Samuel and John Samuel.
In lieu of flowers, the family recommends donations to Healthwell Foundation as a Tribute or Memorial Donation in memory of Daniel A. Samuel.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2023 at Damascus United Methodist Church (Address: 9700 New Church St, Damascus, MD 20872).
• A viewing will be held at the church from 9:00 am – 10:00 am ET
• The funeral service will be held at the church from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
• Graveside service at 1:00 pm ET. Interment at Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens (Address: 2150 Mt View Rd, Marriottsville, MD 21104)
• Following the graveside service, there will be a reception. Family and friends are invited to join for the repass.