MANCHESTER - Fernand A. Samson, 89, of Manchester and formerly of Bedford, died April 16, 2014 at Maple Leaf Health Care Center after a period of failing health.He was born in Manchester, June 30, 1924, the son of Alcide and Laurette (Gagne) Samson. He graduated from St. Joseph High School and the University of New Hampshire.He owned and operated Samson Insurance Agency for many years.Fern served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Catholic War Veterans for many years and served as a past State Commander of the CWV Department for the State of NH and also as a national trustee. He was past Commander of Post 1403, Sacred Heart Parish, and a member of CWV Post 1624. In 2005 he received the prestigious St. Sebastian Award from the CWV for more than 50 years of service. He also was past president of the Sacred Heart Parish Council; member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 92, and former president of Sacred Heart St. Vincent de Paul Society.He was a longtime communicant of Sacred Heart Church and a member of the League of 1000 Men of the Precious Blood.He leaves two daughters, Jacqueline L. Koch of Massachusetts and Diane M. Simoneau of Goffstown; three sons, Richard A. Samson of Manchester, Robert G. Samson of Pembroke and Daniel D. Samson of North Kingstown, R.I.; 11 grandchildren; five great grandchildren.He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Therese (Gagne) Samson and by a son, Robert M. Samson.
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services: Calling hours are Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., Manchester.A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Encryptment will follow in Mount Calvary Mausoleum.Memorial donations may be made to the Resident Council Fund at Maple Leaf Health Care Center, 198 Pearl St., Manchester 03104To send a message of condolence visit www.lambertfuneralhome.com.
Lambert Funeral Home
1799 Elm Street Manchester, NH 03104
Published in Union Leader on Apr. 19, 2014