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T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel

755 George Street, Sydney, NS

OBITUARY

Pierce K. Sampson

July 7, 1934May 19, 2020
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It is with profound sadness that we the family of Pierce Kells Sampson announce his passing on May 19, 2020. Pierce passed away peacefully at home with family by his side knowing his life was rich and full. Pierce received an outpouring of love and support from family and friends over the last few months of his life. Pierce was born on July 7, 1934 to parents Claire (McGuire) Sampson and Arthur P. Sampson. At an early age, Pierce discovered a love for music when he learned how to play the piano and organ. Music became a life-long passion for Pierce which he loving shared with the faith community for 62 years. He played the organ at St. Anthony Daniel Parish, Holy Redeemer Parish and St. Theresa’s Parish where he was Senior Choir Director and organist. He was awarded the prestigious Apostolic Blessing from Pope Benedict XVI in 2009. Pierce’s love of serving others transcended into his career path. As a graduate of Dalhousie University from the Bachelor of Business Administration program, Pierce began working for the City of Sydney in 1957 as an accountant, then as Secretary-Treasurer. In 1991, Pierce was appointed as City Clerk of the City of Sydney, a position he held until he retired in 1995 after 38 years of service. He received an Honorary Citizen award from the City of Sydney in 1995. During his retirement, Pierce devoted his life to his family, travelling the world with Peggy, woodworking, candle-making and fudge-making. Pierce adored his 4 grandchildren and made great memories with them at their cottage in Northside East Bay and Halifax. “Ad” as his grandchildren affectionately referred to him, filled their lives with music, laughter and comfort as he taught them life lessons about love and family. Pierce was pre-deceased by his parents, brother John and brother Bill (Ada Price). Pierce had a special bond with his brother Bill. Bill was his friend, mentor and protector throughout his life. Pierce is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 56 years Peggy and daughters, Michelle, Anne (Curtis Roach), Elaine (Todd MacFadyen) and 4 beloved grandchildren, Nicholas, William, Emily and Elle. Pierce is also survived by sisters-in-law, Mary MacMillan and Grace White and pre-deceased by brother- in-law Ernie MacMillan and sister-in-law Joanie MacMillan. He is predeceased by his niece Kathleen Sampson. Pierce is also survived by his nieces Sandra MacDonald and Jeanie McCharles and nephews Robert Sampson and Michael Sampson. Pierce impacted the lives of everyone that knew him in a personal and unique manner. He was a man of great faith. He was kind, generous, selfless and had a great wit. He loved his family beyond measure. We will miss his warm smile and dry sense of humour. We are grateful to have shared an incredible life journey with him and will always cherish our memories. Donations can be made to the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton: https://hospicecapebreton.org/circle-of-care/. Internment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery.

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philip shaheen

May 25, 2020

Dear Peggy so sorry to hear of pierce's passing he always was a cheerful client when I cut his hair even when I went to your home he would always prays me about how good II was at what I did his pleasantness and will be sadly missed my wife and I send all our love and sympathy.

Helen MacPherson

May 25, 2020

Dear Peggy and family : So sorry for your loss. What a wonderful, gentle man he was. I was happy to be in our church choir with him. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Love Helen and Lloyd MacPherson

Sharon Andrews-Johnston

May 25, 2020

Dear Peggy, Michelle, Anne, Elaine and families, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Pierce. He was a wonderful neighbour to me and the Andrews family while we were growing up and afterwards as well when it was just Mom and Dad left in Sydney. It was so nice to have him play the organ at my wedding... With deepest sympathy - our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Sharon, Mike, Meghan and Emily

Sheila Windsor

May 25, 2020

Dear Peggy and family, Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this time of sorrow.May all the happy memories you cherish help to ease your pain and may God Bless you all in the days ahead. Bill and Sheila Windsor.

Nikki MacLellan

May 24, 2020

Peggy @ Family,
Our deepest condolences on the passing of Pierce. He was a fine gentleman and we had the privilege of getting to know him when we joined the Holy Redeemer senior choir. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Nicholette @ Stan MacLellan

Darlene Long-Bates

May 24, 2020

Peggy, I am so sorry to hear about Pierce's passing. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.
Darlene Long- Bates

Beth Boudreau

May 24, 2020

Peggy, girls and extended family
Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your soulmate, Dad and friend. Pierce was so enthusiastic, joy-filled and kind. He will be dearly missed by many. I recall our New Waterford Chorale members having a delicious meal served to us at your home, between performances. We all went out afterward to shovel ourselves out of your driveway in our Chorale costumes. A storm had blown in while we were enjoying your hospitality. I can still see Pierce hanging out the door and laughing and teasing us. We wish you all, more smiles than tears, when you think of Pierce. Bernie and Beth Boudreau

Alex. Miller

May 24, 2020

Two old friends within a week! John Mackley and Pierce Sampson.
And many memories....including their introducing me to the lady who has been my wife for the past 61 years!
My condolences to the families of both....I will remember them in my prayers.

Bernard LeVert

May 24, 2020

Peggy and Family,

Saddened to learn about Pierce's passing. Over the years gone by, he and I shared many laughs, a spontaneous trait at which he was a master. Also privileged to be associated with him in Church music in the past. May he get the opportunity to accompany the angelic voices welcoming him to his eternal home.
My sincere condolences,
Bernard

mary macmillan

May 24, 2020

Pierce was aprecious member of the MacMillan Clan. He was accepted as one of us his entire time on earth. The members of the CLan gone before him will gladly welcome him with open arms.

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