Joseph K. Sampson

November 16th, 2015

Joseph K. Sampson, also fondly known as “Sam” or “Uncle Sam” to his family and friends, age 76, of Wilmington, died peacefully on November 16, 2015, with his loving family at his side.

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.


15 Entries in Guest Book for “Joseph K. Sampson”

  1. Adele & Charlie Tsoukaris says:

    We can not express how sorry we are for your loss. Sam was such a warm hearted man. He will be missed terribly.

    “What we have once enjoyed, we ca never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us”. Sam is part of so many.

  2. LINDA GALVAO says:


  3. Donna & Ed Holder says:

    RIP our friend you were loved by everyone who knew you. An all around great guy. You will be missed.

  4. Linda and jack strob says:

    Prayers to Sampson family. Rip Sam

  5. Lorraine & Lee Clay says:

    We are so very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing..prayers for you and your family. Much love Aunty Lorraine and Lee ????????????

  6. The Walsh Family says:

    We are all so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, The Walsh of Dadant Drive

  7. Diana (Sampson)Briones says:

    We are so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing…..
    Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

    Richard Sampson’s girls in Texas

  8. Michael Abell says:

    RIP Uncle Sam. I will always remember fondly the cookouts in your backyard and fishing at Quannapowit.

  9. Wayne & Marcia Sawyer says:

    Rest in Peace Sam , a great guy…. You will be missed. Ypu were always so happy . Will never forget working with you all those years ….

  10. Susan (Quilty) Bennett says:

    So sorry for your loss. It’s probably been 35 years but I have great memories of spending time with your family.

  11. Carl Marzolini says:

    To my dear sister-in-law and her wonderful family, I’m very sorry for the loss of your Dad. He will be part of you and in your hearts forever.

  12. Ginnie says:

    Missing you so much today Dad. It’s like every where I turn there’s a reminder that you’re not with me anymore and I break down. Just doesn’t seem real. Wishing you were still here to talk to. I’d live to hear you say “Hey Gin” one more time.

  13. Ginnie says:

    Merry Christmas Dad. Love you and miss you more than words can describe.

  14. Ginnie says:

    Your birthday came and went. It was so surreal to not be able to go and see you. Give you a card which you always said was a waste of money lol, and scratch tickets. What I wouldn’t give to be able to see you one more time or just hear your voice. I miss you so much dad.

  15. Ginnie says:

    Just went through a really difficult situation and my first thought was that I wanted my Dad. But I can’t have you or even talk to you.
    Please take care of Emmalee, you know how scared she is of people. Send me a sign something anything.
    Love you always miss you forever.

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