Samuel Dinkins Jr., son of Mary Brisbane and the late Samuel Dinkins Sr. was born on June 26, 1947, in Harlem Hospital, New York, N.Y. He was reared in Brooklyn and Manhattan, N.Y. As a youngster he was a Scout member of cub pack and troop pack of St. Phillips Episcopal Church, of which he was also a member. His early education was in Brooklyn public schools. He attended Cheslea High School in Manhattan, where he was a three-year All City basketball player. He had passion for sports and loved basketball. He was married to the former Johnnie Giddens and from their union two sons, Samuel Dinkins III and Michael, were born. Later in life he was blessed with a daughter Marlo Carter. In 1969 he was drafted to the Vietnam War, where he served his country until his honorable discharge in 1971. While in Vietnam he received several medals and commendations, some of which include National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze service stars, Vietnam
Campaign Medal with 60 Device, and the Bronze Star medal. Upon leaving the military he pursued his higher education at City College of New York. He received a bachelor of arts in physical education. Additionally, he received a certificate certification from the Army Reserve School. While there, he also earned the Outstanding Student Award.
He had an extensive professional career with the military as a physical education recreation manager. That career afforded him the opportunity to work in various locations, some of which include California, New York, Dallas, Virginia, District of Columbia and Germany.
The latter part of his life was spent in Burlington, where he worked at Special Services Transportation Agency, Champlain Community Services, Fletcher Allen Health Care and the Burlington Free Press.
Samuel departed this life on Friday, March 7, 2014, at Fletcher Allen Memorial Hospital. He was a gentle spirit and will be dearly missed by many.
He leaves to mourn his passing his mother; two sons Samuel III and Michael; daughter Marlo; six grandchildren: Samuel IV, Samson, Bradford, Zahra, Nyla, Nasir and Bilal; one sister, Thomasina Caesar, of Burlington; two brothers, Nathaniel and Marcus; a niece, Nicole Caesar-Mitchell; grand-nephew Malachi Mitchell; a host of cousins; other relatives; and friends. A special thanks from Thomasina to Jim Meunier of Elmwood-Meunier Funeral Home; Stacey, Amy and Jim of Dunwright Taxi; Vermont Vietnam Vets; and Vermont Thunder. Acknowledgement
The family of the late Samuel Dinkins Jr. wishes to express deep and heartfelt appreciation for your loving thoughtfulness and concern, including cards, flowers, phone calls and visits. Thank you to Sully and family, Janet Grant, Mandelo Wesley, Daniel Hoose, Alan Bushey, Catherina Alexander, William Hildreth, Edward Willimas, Carl and Lisa Holmes, Margaret Rosebrough and Joseph Brown.
May God bless you, and may His peace be with you always.