Cyril Bennett "Smoker" Sampson

  • "Sall, Naomi & Nat, I was very sadden to hear of your loss. ..."
    - Cathie Doran
  • "Sally, I am so sorry to hear of your loss...."
    - Charmaine Ross
  • "Sally and Family: I am sorry to read of Smoker's passing...."
    - Brenna Cull
  • "We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Sampson. We did..."
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SAMPSON, Cyril "Smoker" Bennett January 11, 1952 - July 7, 2018 Smoker passed away after a short battle with cancer. Smoker was never one to complain and true to his nature he fought through his illness with courage to the end. Predeceased by parents Francis & Alice Sampson, siblings Carmelita Sampson, Mary Thorne, and John Sampson. Survived by wife Sally (nee Keene), children Naomi (Andre) & Nathan, siblings Tom Sampson (Audrey), Thelma Underwood (Norm), Kenneth Sampson, Christine Paul (David Sr.), Charles Sampson, Murray "Muz" Sampson (Dorothy), Angel Sampson (Brian Marechek), Virgil Sampson. Born and raised on the Tsartlip reserve, Smoker was an avid soccer player who played with the Saanich Braves soccer club (circa 1970's) with Ab Travis (now deceased) as the coach. Back then Smoker was being scouted by European soccer teams. Smoker worked at the various shipyards in Victoria - Burrard Yarrows shipyard ('77-'89), Point Hope Shipyard ('90-'93) and DND Department of National Defence ('93-2001). Smoker was one of the coordinators for the annual Yellow Wolf Powwow, which he was proud to be a part of for 24 years. Smoker came from a large family and was close to many of his cousins, nieces and nephews. He also had many, many good friends in his lifetime, including brother-in-law Ward Webster, all of the members of the Keene family and Lloyd Henshaw/Leslie Marrion, his travel buddies. The family would like to thank the staff at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital's Palliative care unit for all of their help with his care in his final days. They would also like to thank the Saanich First Nations Adult Care Society for all of their services and assistance with his care. Prayer service July 10, 2018 7:00 p.m. at Pauquachin Hall, 8980 West Saanich Rd. Funeral July 11, 2018 9:30 a.m. at Pauquachin Hall - burial at West Saanich Cemetery. Lunch to follow at Pauquachin Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to BC Cancer Foundation.

Published in Victoria Times Colonist from July 10 to July 11, 2018