James Edwin Sampson

North Adams, Massachusetts

1936 - 2018


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James Edwin Sampson, 81 of Williamstown, MA died Sunday December 2, 2018 at his home.

He was born in Somerville, MA on December 3, 1936 son of Clarence Edwin and Dorothy Ethel (Aiken) Sampson. He attended Williamstown schools and graduated from Williamstown High School. Jim also attended Oklahoma Baptist University.

He was a proud veteran of the US Navy and served aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Wasp and following his honorable discharge, he joined the Reserves.

Jim worked at Steinerfilm for many years until his retirement. He served as the coach for both the little league, as well as the t-shirt league, and was a member of the Williamstown Recreation Committee. Jim enjoyed woodworking, photography, travel, taking rides and working around his farm. He especially enjoyed playing golf, and was a member of Waubeeka Golf Links in South Williamstown.

Survivors include his wife Donna (Farinon) Sampson, whom he married on March 1, 1969. He also leaves his daughter Kathleene MacAlpine and her husband, William of Rye Beach, NH; son Scott Grant and his wife, Jean of Williamstown; five grandchildren Michelle, Daniel, and Bradley Grant; and Elle and Holly MacAlpine; two great grandchildren Shawn and Bella; sisters Ruth Massoni of Southwick, MA; and Virginia Stevens of Cape Cod, MA; brother Robert Sampson of Lanesboro, MA; as well as nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers Walter and John Sampson, as well as his sister Phyllis Balzekas.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A funeral service to celebrate the life of James Sampson will be held on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 11:00am at the Second Congregational Church, 81 Hancock Rd., Williamstown, MA 01267. Burial will follow in Southlawn Cemetery. Please omit flowers. Donations in his memory can be made to HospiceCare in the Berkshires or the Berkshire Humane Society in care of FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams, MA 01247. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com

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Prayers to you & your family!! Uncle Jim was the sweetest Man !! Sending love & prayers to you Aunt Donna, Sally & Mark Rivers , of Phoenix Arizona

Donna, Kathy, Scott and Family, We are so sorry to hear about Jim's death. We had so many memories and good times with your family. We and our sons are so grateful to have known Jim over these many years and to have been a part of his life. He will surely be missed. Love Al, Carol, Jim, and Jason

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

We are so sorry to hear of Jim's death. We have so many memories (for Fran, dating back to baseball when they were pre-teens). Jim joined the service a few weeks earlier than Fran, but greeted Fran upon his arrival at boot camp. I particularly remember sitting in your back yard, talking about old times, and munching on Golden Oreos. Thanks for the memories....

donna so sorry a good man thinking of you with prayers-pete

So long, Jim! I fondly remember our baseball days in the White Oaks, the White Oaks Church and the WHS class of 1955!
Sorry for your loss, Donna.

Art Bourdon
Wells, Maine

Donna and family. Sorry to hear of Jim's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Betty Gardner

Aunt Donna,

Our heartfelt sympathies to you and your family on your loss.

The heavens have just received a new Star in the sky to shine down upon all of us, as a special angel now watches over you.

RIP Uncle Jim & thank you for your service to our country.

The holiday gathering in heaven just grew by a new member.

Aunt Donna May Godbless you and your family at this time of sorrow RIP Uncle Jim Thank you for service. Mom is at the door with cookies.