In memory of
Vernon J. Sampson Sr
Vernon J. Sampson, Sr., 88, of North Kingstown, died peacefully in the company of angels on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Scalabrini Villa. He was the husband of 52 years to the late Muriel A. (Sprague) Sampson. Born in Leicester (part of Asheville) North Carolina, he was a son of the late Thomas D. Sampson & Emma (Shook) Sampson. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps stationed at Quonset Point during WWII. Thereafter, he called Rhode Island home. Mr. Sampson started his 30 year career with the State of RI at the Lafayette Fish Hatchery onto the Arcadia Management Area, then as Foreman of the Division of Environmental Management Natural Resources Fish & Wildlife at the Great Swamp Management Area. Vern was a member of the Slocum Grange, enjoyed many bowling leagues and was an avid outdoorsman. He was a natural with animals and was surrounded among pets his entire life. He was once known as the "Mayor of Wickford" as he frequented many coffee shops around town and will always be remembered for his smile. He leaves his loving children: David M. Sampson, James V. Sampson & his wife Patricia of North Kingstown, Julie A. Sampson & her fiancée Edward Duffin of North Kingstown, and Vernon "Bud" J. Sampson, Jr. and his fiancée Robin Davis of Conway, SC. He was the cherished grandfather of 6 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was the youngest of 6 late siblings. His Funeral Service will be held Friday, January 13, 2017 at 11:00 am in THE CRANSTON-MURPHY FUNERAL HOME of WICKFORD, 140 West Main Street, Wickford Village, North Kingstown. Burial with full Military Honors will follow in Elm Grove Cemetery, North Kingstown. Relatives & friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory to Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of RI, 240 Shermantown Road, Saunderstown, RI 02874 will be appreciated. For online messages of condolence, kindly visit www.CranstonMurphy.com
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