COLLINGTON SAMUEL SEAN May 7, 2000 – November 28, 2021 Sam was and will always be his family's hero. He was an accomplished young man who achieved so much in his short life. Sam had such a promising future. All who knew him are devastated by the senseless act that killed him. Sam graduated from Interboro High School, Class of 2018, class president in junior and senior years. He was involved in band, theater, and National Honor Society and was voted Most Likely to Succeed. Sam volunteered tirelessly to raise awareness for the issues that meant the most to him in his free time. When he saw something broken, he wanted to fix it. His senior year, Sam organized a walk-out in solidarity with the Parkland students. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and erected a flagpole at the Norwood Library as part of his service to the community. When not working, Sam was an avid camper and fisherman. Sam was hilarious, and he loved to make people laugh. He was attending Temple University with a political science major and a philosophy minor. At Temple, Sam was President of the Political Science Society, VP of the Young Democrats, and volunteered to help people register to vote. In addition, Sam campaigned for Bernie Sanders, worked for the Alexandra Hunt for Congress campaign, and interned for Philadelphia City Commissioner Omar Sabir. As he was just two weeks from graduation, Sam will posthumously receive his undergraduate diploma from Temple. In his final act of selflessness, Sam donated his organs to the Gift of Life so others could live. Sam is survived by his loving parents, Dennis and Molly, his beloved sister Bailey and brother Ryan and his maternal grandfather, John Dougher. Sam is also survived by nine uncles, eight aunts, thirty-eight cousins, and countless friends. He is predeceased by his late grandparents Nancy Dougher and Thomas and Florence Collington. To honor his lifelong pursuit of justice and endless compassion, his family and friends will pursue #JusticeForSam. Sam's family will continue his legacy and life's dedication by building a better, more equal, and more loving world. Funeral arrangements include a viewing Friday, Dec. 3 at CAVANAGH FUNERAL HOME, 301 Chester Pike, Norwood, from 5 P.M. to 9 P.M. Friends will be welcome to offer words Sat. Dec. 4th after 10:00 A.M. at Cavanagh Funeral Home. There will be a vigil held for Sam on Thursday, December 2, 2021, beginning at 4:30 P.M. and ending at 7:00 P.M. The vigil walk will begin at Interboro High School and end at the Norwood Public Library. If you would like to make a contribution in honor of Sam's memory, you may send one by Venmo to @Molly-Collington. Your generosity will be used to cover funeral expenses and to establish a scholarship in memory of Sam. A recipient is yet to be determined.
Published by The Philadelphia Inquirer on Dec. 2, 2021.