James "Sam" William Samuelson, 89, was born on Aug. 9, 1924, in Jamestown, N.Y., to Ruth and Gust Samuelson.
"Sam," a loyal and loving man, passed away on Aug. 2, 2014, at his home in Orlando, Fla., after a courageous battle with cancer.
He will be sadly missed by his wife of 66 years, Elsie Samuelson; his son, Randall; daughter, Beverly Farrell (James); two granddaughters: Kristina (Jarrod) and Meghan; and his great-grandson, Rowan.
James “Sam” William Samuelson
He was respected and admired by so many friends and relatives and had a wonderful sense of humor.
Sam, a heroic and courageous man, proudly served his country in World War II as an infantryman and bravely fought for the freedoms of his countrymen. He spent most of his service time in Europe as a "lookout" or "leader," serving on the front lines. He also fought at the Battle of the Bulge, and then later participated in the Army of Occupation under General Patton. He was very tentative when describing the battles he was involved in, and when asked how he survived it, he said "Someone up there was watching over me."
He was preceded in death by his sister, Eunice (Roger) Norgren; and an older brother, Howard, who piloted a cargo plane that was shot down during World War II.
Sam participated in the "Honor Flight" to Washington, D.C. in 2013, escorted by his daughter, Beverly.
Sam was a hard-working and extremely honest businessman, who co-owned and managed, with his longtime business partner, Kenneth Johnson, a Mobil gas station, The Bucket restaurant and the Trading Post Hardware, all in Lakewood, N.Y., over the course of 33 years. He was a proud lifetime member of the American Legion.
As a younger man, he enjoyed bowling and loved a good game of golf. He worked in the pro shop at Maplehurst Country Club in Lakewood, N.Y., for many years, and served as a greeter for Sam's Club for many years after his retirement.
Sam was always happiest when he was in the company of his family and friends, and never hesitated to mention how lucky he was to have lived "such a wonderful life."
He will be greatly missed and forever loved by his family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to The Honor Flight of Central Florida in Sam's name. The address is 3564 Avalon Park Blvd., Suite 1 #248 Orlando, FL 32828 or Honor Flight of Central Florida.org.