Gerard R. Samson Sr.

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JAY – Gerard R. Samson Sr., 90, a longtime resident of Pineau Street in Jay, passed away on Friday, May 5, at his home.

He was born in Rumford on July 19, 1915, the son of Archie and Nelida (Veilleux) Samson and attended the schools of Rumford and Jay. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

On June 28, 1943, he married Yvette Labbe at St. Augustine Church in Augusta. He worked for International Paper Co. in Jay at the Otis Mill on repairs and the Androscoggin Mill in converting, retiring in 1977. He was also self-employed as a barber.

He was a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Church in Jay and a member of the I.P. Quarter Century Club, the Jay-Livermore Falls Hunting Club, a longtime member of the Bear Pond Improvement Association and the VFW, Frank L. Mitchell, Post 3335 of Jay.

He is survived by his wife, Yvette of Jay and most recently at Sandy River Nursing Home in Farmington; a son, Gerard Samson Jr. and his wife, Pat, of Livermore; two daughters and their husbands, Linda and Paul Quade of Mobile, Ala. and Theresa and Roger Blais of Jay; a sister, Clara Lanman of Lake Forest, Calif.; six grandchildren, Gerard Samson III, Kelly Samson, Kristy Brochu, Peter Blais and his wife, Michelle, Alfred and Jenifer Blais and Mary Blais and her companion, Prescott Marston; four great-grandchildren, Landon Brochu, Moreland Brochu, William Blais and Abigail Blais; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Norman Sampson on Jan. 24, 1999.

The family would like to thank the dedicated workers of Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice for their excellent care during Gerard’s illness.

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