OBITUARY

Dennis P. Sampson

October 5, 1966May 5, 2018
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Lewiston- It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Androscoggin Deputy Sheriff - Dennis Philip Sampson. He died on Saturday May 5, at Central Maine Medical Center after a very sudden illness. He was born in Lewiston on October 5, 1966, the youngest son of Richard R. Sampson and Georgette Gobeil Sampson, Dennis grew up in Auburn. He earned his Eagle Scout in 1983 and lived the principles he learned in the scouts his whole life. He graduated from ELHS in 1985 and went into the Army Reserves soon after graduating. He served as a reserve police office for the city of Auburn as well as a full time officer with the Paris Police Dept. upon graduating from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in 1991. Dennis has been serving in the Androscoggin Sheriff’s Department since 2005.

On October 25, 1991, Dennis married Celeste Perrier. Together they built their home in Poland, living there since 1995. They welcomed their son, Jeremy into their family in 1998.

Dennis loved spending time with his family. He also loved the outdoors, often working with his Kabota cleaning and cutting trees to expand his outdoor living space. He was well known for his kindness and compassion, sense of humor and quick wit. He was a committed community member who enjoyed serving others.

Dennis is survived by his loving wife Celeste, their son Jeremy, his mother, Georgette Sampson, his siblings, Rick (Kathy Lavoie), Ray (Sonya Canning), Rob and partner Mariane Simas, and sister Ann, mother-in law Joan Boutin Perrier and brothers-in-law, Steve, John (Roxanne Hardt), and his 9 nieces and nephews. Dennis comes from a large family and has many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was predeceased by his father Richard R. Sampson, an infant brother Daniel Joseph, his father-in-law Henry Perrier and sister-in-law Danielle Perrier. He will be greatly missed.

You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Dennis’ life by visiting his guest book at www.thefortingroupauburn.com

Visitation Fortin Auburn Friday May 11 from 1-4 PM & 6-9 PM. Funeral will be held on Saturday May, 12 at 10 AM at The Androscoggin Bank Colisee 190 Birch St. Lewiston Maine. Donations may be made in Dennis’ name to the Poland Fire & Rescue, PO Box 163, Poland, ME 04274. Arrangements are under the care of the Fortin Group/Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation & Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn 207 783-8545.

  • FAMILY

  • Dennis is survived by his loving wife Celeste, their son Jeremy, his mother, Georgette Sampson, his siblings, Rick (Kathy), Ray (Sonya), Rob and partner Mariane, and sister Ann, mother-in law Joan Boutin Perrier and brothers-in-law, Steve, John and wife Roxanne, and his 9 nieces and nephews. Dennis comes from a large family and has many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was predeceased by his father Richard R. Sampson, an infant brother Daniel Joseph, his father-in-law Henry Perrier and sister-in-law Danielle Perrier.
  • DONATIONS

  • Poland Fire & Rescue

Services

  • Visitation Friday, May 11, 2018
  • Visitation Friday, May 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 12, 2018
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Dennis P. Sampson

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Z N

May 11, 2018

May God's loving kindness and comfort help you and your family during this time of sorrow (2 Corinthians 1:3,4).

Colleen Kelley Verreault

May 10, 2018

We are truly saddened by the loss of such a good person. Our family often tells the story of the first time we met Dennis. He paid us a visit after a 911 call from our home. Our son dialed the number and hung up not realizing we would get a visit from local law enforcement. Officer Sampson had a meaningful discussion with our children that day and we have had the deepest respect for Dennis ever since. Condolences to Celeste, Jeremy and his family...our hearts are broken. May you all find strength in his memory.

Sue Heaward

May 9, 2018

It has been many years since I have seen Dennis. He was a patient in the office that I worked (in Lewiston) and a cop for South Paris which is where I lived most of my life. He was one of the sweetest men I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I know he was beyond thrilled when you added your son to the family. It is with great sadness to see he has passed as he always had a smile and kind things to say. Please know that many are remembering what a fine man he was and wishing you and your family peace and loving memories.

Sue & Bob Berube

May 9, 2018

We are so sorry to hear about Sheriff Sampson. He is a good man and will be missed in the town of Poland. Our sincere condolences to his family. Sue, Bob & Robbie Berube

Nelson WILLIAMS

May 9, 2018

I find it extremely difficult to wrap my head around the loss of My Friend Dennis, whom I always referred to as (Officer Sampson), but when it comes to having GOOD things to say about my friend it's easy. I was Blessed to have had the opportunity to work side by side with Dennis a few years back when he served as PRHS Resource Officer. We worked in the same office space and quickly learned that Dennis was certainly the right Man to be behind that badge. He had a gently spirit, passionate, funny and caring. He had a love for life, people, and family. To the Sampson Family, Brenda and I send our deepest sympathy. to you. Dennis will be sadly missed by so many. May God Bless all of you,and pray you can find some comfort in knowing he had such a positive impact on so many..

Sincerely
Nelson & Brenda Williams
Mechanic Falls

Steve Robinson

May 9, 2018

No words ever can share the sadness we feel. Dennis was a wonderful man, wonderful human being, and a great friend. Louise and I are so glad to have been able to call Dennis a friend and more importantly have been called his friend. His devotion to service, passion for life, and respect of people still stand as a model for all to witness. Our sympathy to the family and all who new Dennis. The old saying "only the good die young" is so true Dennis. We will sorely miss you and never forget you!

Steve and Louise Robinson

Robert Bailey

May 9, 2018

Dennis and I served together at Paris P.D. He helped me out in many ways and, even though I could try his patience at times, he never held it against me. One memory I have is my first court appearance for my first OUI arrest. Dennis, who also had a case scheduled that morning, was sitting in the court room as the defense attorney really began to hammer me, trying to understand EXACTLY where on Paris Hill road I had first observed the suspect vehicle. Not knowing any better, I turned to Judge Sheldon and replied, "Well, it was directly in front of your home on Paris Hill." I saw the color drain from Dennis' face as he rolled his eyes (for those that don't know? It's never good court room behavior to disclose the physical residence of a judge).
My thoughts are with his family and friends at this very difficult time.

Rita Milliken

May 9, 2018

Dennis was a great officer in Poland. You could always count on him. His love for people and kids shined through with anything he dealt with. He will be greatly missed. My sympathy to his family.

Troy Billings

May 8, 2018

I remember as a teenager in Paris I was a jr firefighter there. Dennis would allow me to go on ride alongs with him. I enjoyed my time I got to spend with him. He was even my barber growing up until he left Paris PD. I helped him get firewood after 98 ice storm and helped take care of the cemeteries. Dennis was a great officer and a even better friend. He was the type of person who could make any situation better because he was there whether he was making you laugh or showing he cared. Take care my friend and may you rest in peace

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Welcoming and Opening Prayer: Chris Pomerleau (Chaplain, Lewiston Police Department)

Words of Remembrance: Bill Gagne (Cousin and Chief Deputy of Androscoggin Sheriffs' Office)

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 41:10 Matthew 5:4 Nahum 1:7 Chris Pomerleau (Chaplain LPD)

Words of Remembrance: Jeremy Sampson (Son)
Words of Remembrance: Kimberly Sampson (Niece)

Scripture Reading: Romans 8:38-39 - 2 Cor 1:3-4 Chris Pomerleau (Chaplain LPD)

Words of Remembrance: Robbie Sampson (Brother)

Song: Ave Maria sung by Shelly Harris (Friend)

Military Honors: Maine Army Honors Team and Sheriff Eric Samson

Last call: Dispatch.

Closing Benediction: Chris Pomerleau (Chaplain LPD)

PALL BEARERS
Jeremy Sampson (Son)
Kyle Weisman (Nephew)
Corey Sampson (Nephew)
James Jacques (Deputy Androscoggin Sheriff Dept.)
Sargent. Michael Dailey (Paris Police Department)
Devon Bohacik (Officer Auburn Police Department)