Homer W. Houston III
July 4, 1949 – December 3, 2018
LEWISTON: Homer W. Houston, III or Sam to his family and friends, passed away in Lewiston at age 69, on Monday, December 3, 2018. He leaves behind his loving wife of 44 years, Joan; their children, Brian Houston and his wife Lia Angelini, Lynn Houston and her partner Andrew Merrill; two beautiful grandchildren, Breannah and Damian Merrill; his sisters, Beverly Poulin and husband Joseph, Roxane Elie and husband Mark, Brenda Gurschick and husband Norman, and Cindy Brown and husband Randy; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Sam was born on July 4, 1949, in Lewiston, Maine to Homer W. Houston, Jr. and Marjorie Ireland Houston. He graduated from Edward Little High School in 1967, was in the Army Reserves, and spent many years as a mechanic for Verizon, until his retirement in 1998. At that time, he began working at United Ambulance in their wheelchair division always transporting clients with loving care and kindness. He shared his enthusiasm for cars with many, attended car shows in Carlisle and Hershey with his wife, and loved spending time with his beloved son, daughter and grandchildren. To all who knew him, he was a very hard-working man of great integrity and heart, always looking out first for his wife and children, and always a step ahead in his thinking and planning, for what was best for his family. Hey MacGyver, you will be greatly missed, forever. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 10am in the Chapman Room at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 980 Turner Street, Auburn, Maine. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Susan G. Komen Foundation (breast cancer research) Susan G. Komen Dept. 41831 P.O. Box 650309 Dallas, TX 75265 or the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org. Thoughts and memories may be shared with Sam’s family at www.thefortingroupauburn.com Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group \ Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn, 783-8545.
- Celebration of Life Saturday, December 8, 2018
Homer W. Houston III
December 24, 2018
Dad, I miss you so much. I thought we had more time. I was looking forward to taking a few more trips, to seeing you and mom enjoy more time together and spending winters in Florida. I thought we'd get to fix up at least one car, just one would have been enough. I'll miss your calls, talking about the Celtics or giving you a hand with whatever. It seems like I just saw you the other day and then I had to say goodbye. Thanks for always being there, for everything, for taking the time for me, for "just checking in". One of the last things you said to me is that we'll talk soon. Well, its ok, I don't mind waiting a little longer now. Do you remember our first trip to the Garden? How about our last trip together, to pick up my truck cap this summer? One of my favorite memories is setting up the basketball hoop and shooting hoops in the yard in the summers. I lost count on who won more games of HORSE. I'll see you again someday, until then, rest easy. You only get one dad, thanks for being mine.
I love you, Bri
December 9, 2018
Very sorry for the loss of your Dad, Brian!
Melissa (Kimball) Tibbetts
December 8, 2018
Joan, Brian, Lia, Lynn and Andrew,
I just wanted to let you know that I was saddened to hear of Sam's passing and that I am thinking of you guys during this difficult time. May God give you comfort in the days ahead.
December 7, 2018
we had a lot of fun sammie we joked around a lot I am going to miss you I will see you on the
other side I think we talked about this you said I would need a lot more help to get there we shall see.Till then have fun its sad I will sincerely miss you.my friend.
December 7, 2018
I have always had nothing but respect for my friend, Sam Houston. I’ve always looked up to him for his honesty and for being such a hard working man. He was one to give 110% and more at whatever he did!
Our fellow drivers at United Ambulance Wheelchair Division would always joke “ if you want to find Sam, he’ll be at Mardens or a local pawn shop looking for a deal”! Clients of which he has transported many times expressed to me how deeply saddened they were with the news of his passing.
He was an excellent trainer and over the years has had a hand in training most of all current and past drivers! I remember while training me he told me I wasn’t going to make it, it was his way of lighting a fire under my butt and from that point on I’ve been trying to prove him wrong!!!
My sincere condolences to Joan and the entire family.
I will miss you my friend, God speed Sam!
December 6, 2018
My favorite memory of Sam is from the week after the ice storm of 1998. We were without electricity, and my greatest challenge was the lack of running water. Early one morning, when I was out filling containers with snow to melt on my woodstove for water, Sam suddenly appeared in my driveway with a ten-gallon container full of water. He had gotten it for me from someone he knew whose power had been restored the previous evening. At that moment, it was the greatest gift anyone could have given me, and I will never forget that kindness.
Jean and Paul Gustafson
December 6, 2018
Joan, Brian, Lia, Lynn and Andy:
As you are gathered around, tightly holding on to each other, there are so many, many years of memories to share and cry about and laugh about. Sam has had a very busy life, always working hard and diligently but taking time out to spend precious time with family. Although we don't live nearby, we have always heard about the great trips Sam would take with Brian, or the visits from Lynn and her family that brought such joy. And then there were frequent trips to car shows with Joan and special, relaxing trips to Florida with her as well.
We are so very sorry and send our heartfelt condolences....
Jean and Paul
December 5, 2018
To my one and only brother Sam , words cannot describe the pain I feel from losing you 💔 it doesnt seem real that you have left , if only you had more time so we could have gotten to see one another one last time, I know you surround us all , I hope you know that we will take good care of bev ❤, until that time when we meet again I wish you peace and love , rest easy big brother 💏
~ Brenda ~