Peabody, MA — James “Skippy” Gregory Sampsonis, 65, passed away quietly with his family by his side, on Saturday, October 5, 2013. James was born in Beverly on October 11, 1947, and was the son of the late Chris and Edna Sampsonis. He was predeceased by his former wife, Effie K. Orgettas of South Hamilton. He was raised in Peabody and graduated from Peabody Veteran’s Memorial High School, Class of 1966. He further pursued his education at Essex Agricultural/Technical School for business.
James then went on to pursue his life ambition of becoming a funeral director at Boston’s School of Anatomy and Embalming. He was employed as a funeral director on the North Shore for greater than 40 years, with his most recent directorship at the Mackey Funeral Home. Additionally, he was an accomplished musician and singer of Greek and Middle Eastern Music.
Skip had many hobbies including hot rods and music, but his favorite pastime was boating out to Misery Island for camping and fishing. Many of his fondest memories and many years of his childhood were spent enjoying the ocean air, campfire conversation, and the company of family, not to mention the spectacular views of Papou’s “sky blue pink” sunsets.
James is survived by his daughter, Major Christina E. Sampsonis of Peabody, serving in the Massachusetts Air National Guard; his sister, Andrea and her husband, Ralph Sargent of Newbury; godson and nephew Michael Geomelos; godson and nephew Chris and his wife, Megan Sargent of Newbury; nephew, Ben and his wife, Kelly Sargent of Salisbury; and several nieces and nephews; cousins; dear friends; Nina; colleagues; and beloved canine, Otis.
ARRANGEMENTS: James’ family will respectfully receive relatives and friends on Wednesday, October 9, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Mackey Funeral Home, 22 Conant Street, Danvers. Memorial contributions may be made in James’ memory to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, P.O. Box 871847, Kansas City, MO 64187-1847, or www.pkdcure.org–donate.
Please visit www.mackeyfuneralhome.com.