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Samuel William Traylor, III
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Birth: May 2, 1928
Lehigh County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jun. 15, 2007
Indian Harbour Beach
Brevard County
Florida, USA


Samuel William Traylor III, 79, died Friday, June 15, 2007 at his home. Sam was born in 1928, in Allentown, PA. He graduated from Oxford Academy in Pleasantville, NJ, in 1945, and then attended Washington Jefferson College in Washington, PA, before entering the U.S. Army, from which he was honorably discharged.

Sam then began a varied professional career, working at the Cement Gun Factory and Traylor Engineering in Allentown, serving as the hotel manager in his familys Hotel Traylor in Allentown, and owning and operating his own car dealership.

In the early 1950s, Sam became one of the youngest race car owners in the country and the most successful race car owner on the East Coast from 1952-1958, winning several championships in both AAA and U.S. Auto Club. Traylor cars were driven by many Indianapolis 500 stars. Eddie Sachs, Johnny Thomson, Jimmy Bryan, Bill Holland and Wally Campbell were but a few of them. Sam also promoted several racing events at the greater Allentown Fair. He was highly respected in the American auto racing fraternity and in 2002, was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

In his retirement in Florida, Sam enjoyed trap and pistol shooting and was a supportive and long-time member of the Port Malabar Gun Club.

Sam and his father funded the building of the Traylor Research Center at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, and have continued to contribute generously to this facility.

Death ends a life, not a relationship.

A loving husband, father and grandfather, Sam is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Angelika; his daughters, Pamela Singer (William), Kyle Traylor and Karen Traylor; step-daughter, Cameron Donaldson; grandchildren, Matthew Williams, Sarah Williams, Phillip Williams and Aimee Rodriguez; and beloved great-grandchild, Aubrey Williams.

The family plans a private service at a later date and requests that in lieu of flowers, donations in Sams memory be made to either Hospice of Health First, 1900 Dairy Rd, Melbourne, FL 32904 or the Indian Harbour Beach Volunteer Fire Department, 1116 Pinetree Blvd, Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937.

Funeral arrangements are being made by Beach Funeral Home East Chapel, Indian Harbour Beach. Condolences can be made at

Published in FLORIDA TODAY on 6/17/2007
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The Morning Call | July 7, 2007
Private graveside services, with full military honors, for Samuel William Traylor III, was held Friday, July 6 in Grandview Cemetery, Allentown. Sam, 79, of Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., formerly of Allentown, died Friday, June 15 in his home. Arrangements by J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Health First, 1900 Dairy Road, Melbourne, FL 32904 or Indian Harbour Beach Volunteer Fire Department, 1116 Pinetree Blvd. 
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  Samuel William Traylor (1896 - 1967)
Grandview Cemetery
Lehigh County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section C, Lot 45
Created by: Shirley Bybee
Record added: Jul 15, 2007
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