Lionel E. Sampson

SPRING HILL, FLA. — Lionel E. Sampson, 88, of Spring Hill, Fla., died peacefully at his home on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, with his loving wife by his side.

He was born in South Portland on March 24, 1922, the son of the late Leo H. and Florence A. Sampson. Lionel graduated from South Portland High School, and shortly thereafter, married Blanche E. Suddy in September of 1942. He entered the United States Army during World War II and proudly served his country, stationed primarily at the Panama Canal. Upon receiving his honorable discharge from the Army, Lionel was employed by Socony Mobil Oil Company. He also worked for Circus Time Potato Chip Co. and Portland Pipe Line.

Lionel and Blanche enjoyed 44 years of marriage and together raised three children, living in Winterport for a brief time, ultimately returning to South Portland where they resided for many years. In his retirement, after the passing of his wife in 1986, Lionel met Mary Priest, a wonderful companion and partner. Lionel and Mary moved to Spring Hill, Fla. in 1992 and eventually wed.

A devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He will forever be remembered for his sense of humor and practical advice.

Lionel was predeceased by his first wife, Blanche E. Sampson; a son, Paul Sampson; and a brother, Phillip Sampson.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Priest; and his children from his first marriage, Patricia Dilios of Portland and William Sampson of Naples. In addition, family members include three sisters, Alys Miele of Windham, Estelle Stirk of Scarborough and Shirlee Giftos of North Yarmouth; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

To honor Lionel’s wishes, there will be no visiting hours or funeral service. A private interment will be at Highland Memorial Gardens, South Portland in the spring.

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