Sam enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1959; he was in the Military Police and served tour of duty overseas in Germany from 1960-1962, during the Vietnam Era.
Following his return from Military duty, Sam married his “sweetheart” Ruth Strob, in October of 1962. The couple settled in Wilmington and went on to have a family of five wonderful children.
Sam worked for Wilmington Ford for over 30 years before he opened his own body shop with his long-time friend Guy Angiuoni. Sam had a wonderful personality and a great way with people, he ran his successful body shop until he retired.
Sam was an avid fan of fishing, yard work, and helping out all his neighbors. He loved all animals but was mostly fond of his “grand dogs”. Sam also loved taking care of his “Red Ranger” and NEVER wants his .45 sold.
Sam will be missed by all who knew him.
Sam was the beloved husband of Ruth A. (Strob) Sampson, devoted father of Timothy Sampson & his wife Patricia of Methuen, Deanna Marzolini & her husband Joseph and Edward Sampson all of Tewksbury, Linda Bonney & her husband Todd of Wilmington, and Virginia Paiva & her husband Jeff of Chelmsford. Loving “Grampie” of Michael, Carl, Amy, T.J., Eric, Larissa, Tony, Chris, Tabitha, and great-grandchildren Hunter, Jayden, and Emma Lee. Dear son of the late Louis E. and Delta (Thibeau) Sampson, brother of Marilyn Paolucci of Maryland, Carol Young of Stoneham, the late Gloria McKenna, Bernadette Comeau, Vincent Sr., Charles, Edward, Richard, and Harold Sampson. He is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Family and friend will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte.62), Wilmington, on Thursday, November 19th at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 18th from 4:00 -8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Joseph’s memory may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887 or to Woodbriar of Wilmington, 90 West St., Wilmington, MA 01887.