Samuel Rolph

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Samuel James Rolph, Jr.passed away peacefully on October 22, 2015 following a brief illness. He spent his last days on earth with his family at his bedside. Sam was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and eventually moved to Greenbelt, Maryland, where he attended and graduated from Greenbelt High School. Having grown up during the Great Depression, Sam embodied hard work and the importance of doing things properly the first time. During the summers while in high school, Sam traveled to Wyoming where he worked as a cowboy in order to earn money and help his parents. A decorated World War II veteran, Sam enlisted at the age of 17 and served as an infantryman with the famed 42nd Division in the European Theater where he was wounded several times while fighting in France. After returning home from the War, Sam eventually attended the University of Maryland and graduated in1953. Sam continued to serve his Country after the War when he went to work for the National Security Agency (NSA). He also served in United States Army Reserves specializing in logistics, for many years before retiring as a Colonel. While working for NSA during the 1960s, Sam was stationed in England from 1964 - 1968, where he lived with his family. While in England, Sam made many friends who he kept in close touch and visited as often as he could over the years, even after he was well into his 80s. Sam enjoyed traveling, especially with his wife of 23 years, Bonnie, and the two of them traveled all over the world together Never one to remain idle for long, after he was fully retired and had moved to Carroll County Sam started asking local grocery stores to donate day old bread and other perfectly edible baked goods to a local senior center where he visited frequently. Over time, Sam's "program" expanded by leaps and bounds to the point where several grocery stores regularly donated a variety of food and household items, which Sam collected and personally delivered to local senior centers and individuals. He was often accompanied on these "bread runs" by his faithful dog, Coco. Sam had a well deserved reputation as a first-class "forager." He had a great knack for finding items, such as tools, clothing, and occasionally jewelry, on the side of the road and in other locations while he was out and about. Friends and family often joked with Sam about his penchant for gathering these items of "road kill" as his discoveries were called. Nonetheless, most of those closest to him probably still have an item or two that Sam found and gave to them over the years. Sam is survived by his wife of 23 years, Bonnie Duane Rolph, his children Wendy Rolph Hauck and Peter Rolph, his step-children, Jenni Lewis and Jeff Swecker, his grandchildren Matthew and Carly Rolph, Dawn Keyes, Jennifer Keyes, and Heather Stokes, his step-grandchildren, Paige and Danika Lewis, and his beloved dog, Coco.

Published in Carroll County Times on Nov. 17, 2015
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