Howard J. Sampson

  • Born: February 27, 1940
  • Died: August 5, 2017
  • Location: Westbrook, Connecticut

Robinson, Wright & Weymer

34 Main St
Centerbrook, CT 06409
Tel. (860) 767-8000

Tribute & Message From The Family

Howard J. Sampson, Jr., 77, of Westbrook, passed away on August 5th after a long illness. He was born in Brockton, Mass. and moved with his family to Deep River in 1945. After graduating from Valley Regional High School, he married Sara Jane Ryon of Chester. After their first son was born in 1960, they moved to Cape Cod where Mr. Sampson worked as a carpenter and contractor. In 1964, the family of now five moved back to Deep River where he built the family home and owned his own carpentry and contracting business. He was a member of the Deep River Fire Department, the Ambulance Association, and the Planning and Zoning Commission. He later entered the antiques business with his wife. He was an avid, self-taught musician who played Bluegrass fiddle, mandolin, and bass, all by ear. For the last ten years, he and his wife have been residents of Westbrook and Ruskin, Florida. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, three children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the Deep River Congregational Church on Saturday, August 26th at 11:00AM.Arrangements by Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, Centerbrook. To share a memory of Howard or send a condolence to his family please visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

Sara: I would like to express my deepest sympathy. It was only this morning that I learned of Sam's passing. He was one of the finest people I've ever known. The good times we shared as bluegrass brothers will always be remembered. Don: to you I also express my deepest regret at the passing of your brother.
With much love to all of you.......Mike

Posted by Michael Harrick - Cherryfield, ME - friend   August 27, 2017

Posted by Marge Supple    August 23, 2017

Sara & family, Sorry to hear of Sam's passing. He was such a great guy. Jerry and I always enjoyed visiting with you. Great fun to be with. His suffering is over and he is in a better place. Sara, take care of yourself and keep in touch with family and friends. Love you. Jerry and Margaret

Posted by Margaret Taylor - Sellersburg, IN - Friend   August 21, 2017

Sara,and family. Sorry to read of Howie's passing. Sara, I was your next door neighbor when you lived in Essex, went to VRHS,and when you and Howie were dating Howie. I was class of 63. I envied him. He had a good looking girlfriend and a good looking car. It sounds like you two had a beautiful life together.

Posted by Peter Scholes - Vero Beach, FL - Classmate   August 10, 2017

Dearest Sara & family,
We were so very sorry to hear the sad news. Sam was such a wonderful, kind, talented man. He will be greatly missed at the many things we do together in FL. We will miss our great Musicman (Highwayman). He will never be forgotten. Love John & Cheryl

Posted by Cheryl & John Drain - Carp, Ontario, Can. - Friend   August 09, 2017

We live in a house that "Sam" built in 1968. 38 years later our daughter bought another house built by "Sam". Our families have been friends for 48 years. We will miss him. RIP our good friend.

Posted by John and Arlene Macmillan - Deep River, CT - Family Friend   August 09, 2017