1942 – 2016

PAINTED POST, N.Y. — Andre E. Samson, 74, of Horseheads, N.Y., passed away Tuesday, May 3, at Absolute Care of Three Rivers.

Andre was born Feb. 16, 1942, in Lewiston, the son of the late Romeo and Noella (Pomerleau) Samson. He received his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He married Patricia A. Rock on Aug. 30, 1969, in Virginia. She predeceased him in 2008.

He was employed as a math teacher by W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, Va., and Thomas Jefferson High School for science and technology in Alexandria, Va., retiring with 35 years of service.

Through the years, Andre had many focused passions. He bowled for many years with fellow teachers. He enjoyed recreational tennis, winning several tournaments. He played daily lotto, tracking numbers with extensive spreadsheets — and winning often! Andre mastered the game of Scrabble, playing no less than six tiles a word against his brother, Larry. His final beloved interest was with the talented singer Jackie Evancho, attending more than 20 of her concerts, often front row; he was indubitably her biggest fan.

He is survived by his daughter, Christine (Ronald) Telford of Corning, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Samson, Thomas and Henry Telford; niece, Kathryn (John) Cortes of Lewiston; great-niece and nephew, Tia and Tanner Cortes; and extended family in Maine and Canada.

In addition to his parents and wife, Patricia, Andre was predeceased by his brother, Laurent “Larry” Samson.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Beth Lukeman, Victoria Grant, Christina Shepherd and Monica Rolls for their loving care and attention, allowing him to remain in the comforts of his home for so long.

Kind words and memories may be shared at www.CarpentersFuneralHome.com.

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