Richard Sampson

Richard W. Sampson

Saturday, October 28th, 1950 - Friday, March 20th, 2020
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Richard W. Sampson, 69, of Wethersfield, loving husband and father, peacefully passed on, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, to be reunited with the love of his life, his wife, late Cynthia L. (Adams) Sampson on Friday March 20, 2020. Richard was born October 28, 1950, and raised in Hartford, son to the late George and Frances (Dettenborn) Sampson. He graduated from Bulkeley High School, Class of 1969.
Richard served in the United States Army Reserves during the Vietnam Era. Upon his discharge, he was hired by the Hartford Fire Department, where he spent 28 years in the Alarm and Signal Division becoming the Superintendent of the division. He was a member of the Hartford Firefighters Protective Association, the Hartford Firemen’s Benevolent Society, and the Hartford Police and Fire Association. Richard’s greatest joy was spending time with his family at their cottage in Westbrook.
Richard will be deeply missed and will forever be in the hearts of his loving family, his two adored daughters, Sara A. Sampson and Kate E. Sampson; two brothers, Walter Sampson, George Sampson and his wife, Carol; four sisters, Priscilla Sampson, Lois DeAngelis and her husband Dennis, Arlene Belcher, Joan Gilligan and her husband Edward; his father-in-law Charles Adams; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles and Karen Adams; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and a host of close and dear friends. In addition to his wife and parents, Richard was predeceased by a son, Charles Irving Sampson; two brothers, John Sampson and David Sampson; and his mother-in-law, Martha Adams.
Funeral Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. A Celebration of Life will be held and announced at a later date. The Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home has been entrusted with Richard’s funeral arrangements. The family requests in lieu of flowers, that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 111 Founders Plaza 2nd floor, East Hartford, CT 06108. To extend online condolences and/or share a memory, please visit
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Deborah Slesinski

Posted at 10:05am
Dear Sara and Kate, If you’re lucky, sometime in your life, you meet and connect with people that truly shine...The smile on your dad’s face said it all! My husband, Ed also from Hartford, Htfd High’67.,,Air Force 67-71 then Hartford Fire Dept 26 years...gave them plenty of memories...We live up the street, Ed would walk to your house to see Rich to talk & laugh..,(not for a long time due to Ed’s health)...but always fun! So many times I’d see dad at Bliss(dinner time usually)..a hug & a smile, then “want a ride home”?!? Haha... We only met your mom at a HFD dance but knew she was lovely & sweet..,You girls are their legacy, they’ll remain in your💖hearts always...Please know that they are smiling in Heaven as you have each other in this life and the next 🦋. Deb & Ed Slesinski

Claire O'Toole Cashman

Posted at 11:27am
My sincerest condolences to the entire Sampson
family. Richard was a student of mine at BHS and, while he was a handful, I always enjoyed
his quick wit and high spirits.
We've become friends through all these years.
I have so admired the grace and grit he always showed as he faced more than his share of difficult challenges.
I had recent chance encounter with him at CVS.
He wore a mask and his physical fragility was
obvious. Nonetheless it was the same old Richard, cheerful and upbeat and totally devoid of self pity.
May your loss be softened by the memory of that beautiful grin. Gone too soon.

George Jeong

Posted at 03:09pm
Bulkeley HIgh School - Class of 1969 send our condolences to the Sampson family on your loss. We will miss our classmate and cherish the special moments we spent with Richard during those four years. Rest in peace.

Love the Kosciukiewicz Family

Posted at 02:00pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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