Richard Samson

Richard Charles Samson

Tuesday, May 7th, 1957 - Sunday, June 23rd, 2019
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We are heartbroken to announce the passing of Richard Charles Samson, 62, on June 23, 2019 at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, NS.

Born in Arichat, Richmond Co.,on May 7,1957, Richard was the son of the late Norman Joseph Samson and the late Mary Lillian (Acton) Samson.

In his younger years, Richard worked for Sun Alliance and Aviva Insurance in both Truro and PEI as well as other jobs throughout his lifetime.

Richard loved working with his hands and was very creative, building his first home out of logs and then another in PEI. He demonstrated his creativity and fun spirit by proudly sculpting a large dragon figure from a fallen tree that he set high in branches on his property for all to enjoy. To his surprise and delight, it became quite a tourist attraction!

Richard loved being close to nature and the freedom it offered, enjoying fishing on the ocean of his ancestral home of Isle Madame and in the waters off PEI and growing bountiful gardens, a skill he shared with our father. He learned to cook at a young age and learned to make the most delicious seafood chowder!

Our brother had a soft spot for animals, especially the neglected and abandoned ones, rescuing a kitten in recent months although very ill himself. He had a huge heart for the down-trodden, children and the elderly and gave freely to causes that would ease the suffering and hardship of others.

Richard was genuine, a free spirit, kind and generous and loved his family, both our immediate family and our large extended family, sometimes coming for a visit and bringing a "deal" he happened to find...given freely to a sibling, niece or nephew. He enjoyed card parties, our family gatherings and dress-up parties, loved to tease and had an easy laugh. His kindness extended to our mother who he helped take care of in her home for several years before her passing. But his beautiful daughter, Desiree, had a special place in his heart.

Richard is survived by his beloved daughter, Desiree Marie Samson, Charlottetown, PEI, his siblings, Adrian (Nancy)Samson, Greenfield, Monica (Wayne) Delaney, Valley, Lester (Mary)Samson, Salmon River, Allan Samson, Kelowna, BC, Beverly (Tom) Samson King, Valley, and Doris(Gilbert)Samson Betts, Brookfield, his many nieces and nephews and his great nieces and nephews.

Our family wishes to thank Dr.Bauld, the VON and Richard's Palliative Care Team for their compassionate care during his illness and to our sisters, Monica and Bev, who devoted so much time ensuring our brother was able to have the best quality of life possible during his lengthy illness.

Arrangements are being made through the Colchester Community Funeral Home. Cremation has taken place. No funeral will be held upon Richard's request. A family gathering and burial will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in Richard's honour to the dog rescue group, Elder Dog Canada at 907 Feltzen South Rd, Rose Bay, NS B0J 2X0. On-line condolences available at:

The following is a poem in honour of Richard, who loved our natural world.
Sleeping in the Forest

By Mary Oliver

I thought the earth
remembered me, she
took me back so tenderly, arranging
her dark skirts, her pockets
full of lichens and seeds. I slept
as never before, a stone
on the riverbed, nothing
between me and the white fire of the stars
but my thoughts, and they floated
light as moths among the branches
of the perfect trees. All night
I heard the small kingdoms breathing
around me, the insects, and the birds
who do their work in the darkness. All night
I rose and fell, as if in water, grappling
with a luminous doom. By morning
I had vanished at least a dozen times
into something better.

" Always remembered...forever loved"
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Posted at 10:04pm
Sampson Family, We are so very sorry for your loss…A good soul leaving us way too early…I came to know Richard well, when he and my younger brother Brian moved into a house on Birch Street in Truro as young men. Well , what a time that was…Party city, all good tho ,but oh what a continuous party, at a time when one was carefree, and simply looking for the next big adventure, and we had plenty of those…of course life would take us all on our separate Journeys , and we would lose touch, but periodically would run into each other in town and catch up on events…
I must iterate here how much fun we had playing poker at the camp on occasions, with Richard, and his dad and others, so much fun…
I really do not have to go into how good of a guy Richard was, as you all experienced him close up and personal, but what a gentle and kind soul…and a lover of so many things, most of which he was good at…
We had an impromptu New Years Eve party on one occasion at the house, music was blasting, and everyone at the party was dancing all at the same time in rhythm to the music, all of a sudden there was a loud cracking noise that could be heard above the music, and surprisingly our better common sense kicked in and we thought we better check that out and see what had happened. To our great surprise we had overloaded the main wooden beam supporting the floor and it had actually cracked from the stress of the weight of so many bodies bouncing to the dance music at the same time. I think we were kinda proud of that moment lol...
Here is what I know for sure, he is at peace now, but not gone, simply vibrating to a different measure in another dimension so to speak, a place that will blow his mind, but at the same time vibrates continuously with love and resonance, and an intuitive message that you are finally home, where you were meant to be. He will now know and understand some of the greater mysteries of life, death and the universe, and our place and role within it. From there we do not know the journey suffice to say it will continue to be amazing beyond belief…
And so we are left to deal with our loss, loneliness, grief, to the best of our ability and that is natural and right. But do not let this grief overwhelm . Be happy for Richard, his journey through life, that he chose to spend this time with us all in this life; know that we will all reunite with him in the next. Do not let the strings of grief bind him to us or this place, but help his spirit to soar magnificently in the afterlife realm where he now exists by sending him rays of love and gratitude for spending his earthly time with us.
On behalf of myself, and my brother Brian, it was truly our great pleasure to have known him. Our blessing to you all. Below my favorite poem on the passing of a loved one for you . Ascension

And if I go,
while you're still here...
Know that I live on,
vibrating to a different measure
--behind a thin veil you cannot see through.
You will not see me,
so you must have faith.
I wait for the time when we can soar together again,
--both aware of each other.
Until then, live your life to its fullest.
And when you need me,
Just whisper my name in your heart,
...I will be there.
Copyright ©1987, Colleen Corah Hitchcock


Tina Leger

Posted at 04:02pm
To the Samson family:

Our hearts break for you at this time. So sorry to hear of Richard's passing.
The poem is a beautiful dedication to your brother. Always remember that
fantastic smile.

Tina and Doug Leger

Gerri Liberty

Posted at 10:36am
I first met Richard through my beautiful friend, his sister Beverly. We met in grade school and Richard was merely one of her annoying older brothers. Fast forward 20 years and Richard and I were working together in the insurance industry. He was a constant tease, and always had a new fishing story. I remember when he and Marie had Desiree, he was to the moon and back. I am very sorry for the loss the family is feeling. What a difficult year for each of you. Bev, I know peace and relief are waiting around the corner for you, many hugs. My sincere condolences.

Freda Bouman

Posted at 07:08am
My heart goes out to all the Samson family. May you find some peace in this difficult sad time. Freda Johnson Bouman

Camille Hansen - Apesteguy Posted at 02:51pm

I met Richard when he was about 21 years old and I recollect fondly of his soft and gentle nature.He was one who liked to laugh and tease. I never really got to know him very well as he was a friend of my late brother Paul. I moved away and through the years living and working in Truro i had the priviledge to meet his parents and work with his 2 siblings Bev and Doris. This family struck me as a family of sincerity and caring spirits ant to learn through time that Richard was a brother.. I must say that my brother and yours - Richard had very similar Kindred spirits and personal character traits of loving all things nature, people and animals. Always there for someone in need. I know they will again be united in spirit. My sincere condolances to all your family on the loss of Richard. He will be missed by all those whose heart he has touched. RIP Richard you are in the hands of Our Lord. Sincerely Camille Hansen - Apesteguy

Donna Lyon

Posted at 05:29pm
Thinking of you all at this sad and difficult time..........always in my heart . xo

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