Mr. Evangelos Sampson, 93, of Peabody, died Thursday, April 19, 2012, in Peabody Glen Nursing Home. He is the husband of the late Jennie (Tournas) Sampson. He was born and raised in Haverhill, the son of the late James and Jennie (Vlasopoulos) Sampson. He was a graduate of Haverhill High School, attended Lowell Tech and served his apprenticeship with Bethlehem Steel. He lived in Lynn for 15 years until he built his home in Peabody in 1955.
Mr. Sampson had worked as a sheet metal mechanic at the General Electric Co. in Lynn. He also taught for the GE apprentice program, was a member of the Jet Pioneer’s Association, and a member of the team that produced the first jet engine. Mr. Sampson volunteered with 20 other GE employees in counseling future parolees at Massachusetts Correctional Institutes, as well as teenagers. He was a former Commissioner of the Community and Urban Development Board of Peabody; a former two-term president of the Hanscom Air Force Base AFA; and a former Sunday school teacher and Scout Leader at St. George Greek Orthodox Church. He was a recipient of the Humanitarian Award as a donor of over 182 pints of blood in his lifetime. In 1939 he had qualified as an Olympic wrestler in the 155-lb. weight class for the Olympics that the US would not participate in. Mr. Sampson served as a volunteer at Salem, Shaughnessey, Union hospitals, and Children’s Hospital in Boston for over 40 years. He was a member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church and was a member of the North Reading Lodge of Masons A.F. and A.M.
Mr. Sampson is survived by a daughter, Eve Kress of Peabody; a son, James Sampson and his wife Mary; two grandsons, Erik and Aaron; and two granddaughters, Jill and Kristina. He is the brother of Jennie Hazeltine of Manchester, NH, and the late Despina Masterakis, Helen Korizes, and Alexander and Charles Sampson. He also leaves several nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held on Monday, April 23, 2012, at 11:00 AM from the SOLIMINE, LANDERGAN AND RICHARDSON FUNERAL HOME, 426 Broadway, Rte. 129, Lynn followed by funeral services in St. George Greek Orthodox Church at 12:00 PM. Burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are on Sunday from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Masonic Services will be held on Sunday at 7:00 PM. Directions and guestbook at www.solimine.com.