George E. Sampson

Florence: George E. Sampson, age 85 of Florence died Monday in Samaritan Hospice at Virtua Memorial Hospital, Mount Holly. Mr. Sampson was born in Burlington and was the son of the late Noel and Kate Engle Sampson. He resided in Burlington before moving to Florence 55 years ago. He served his country with honor in the US Army during Korea. George was a retired safety environmental supervisor, employed by Sybron Chemical, Inc. in Birmingham, NJ with 23 years of dedicated service, was formerly employed by C.F. & I Steel in Roebling for 19 years as a temper and galvanizing shop foreman and enjoyed being a courier for the Roebling Bank and Brandow Chevrolet well into his late 70's. Mr. Sampson was a graduate of Wilbur Watts High School in Burlington, attended Burlington County College, Rutgers and Rider Universities and was a graduate of the Burlington County Police Academy. George enhanced the Florence Township community by serving two terms as Mayor as well as serving on the planning, zoning and economic development boards and was chairman of the Roebling Redevelopment Authority. One of his greatest accomplishments was traveling to New York, Pennsylvania and Washington procuring funds for the Roebling Steel Mill superfund cleanup and to acquire reparation of all its liens. He was named Florence Twp. Citizen of the year, was the Grand Marshall of the Patriotic Celebration as well as many recognitions on the county, state and national levels, even His Holiness Pope John Paul bestowed a special blessing on George. Mr. Sampson was a member of Holy Assumption Church (St. Clare's), life member of the Francis W. Robbins American Legion Post 194, having a post scholarship named in his honor, commander of the American Legion on the state and county level, past national vice commander, Endeavor Fire Co., Opre Larson VFW Post 8838, Roebling, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 737, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge # 2, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, F & AM Lodge 32, Burlington, Florence Twp. Volunteer Fire Co #1, Voyageur Militaire Locale # 500, Roebling Historical Society, Burlington Co. Military Affairs Committee, Past Department Commanders Club, past president of the American Legion New Jersey Boys State and was chairman of the Burlington Co. Municipal Association. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his siblings, William, Noel, James, Melvin, Richard, Helen Haines, Mary Stanley, Kathryn Kilian & Anna Rohloff. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marianne Yankoski Sampson, two daughters, Terri Sampson & Tracey Weaver, grandchildren, Dylan & Wyatt Weaver, sisters-in-law & brothers-in-law, Christine Yankoski & Charles Drangula & Phyllis & Ronald Parker and many nieces & nephews. Funeral will be Monday 9:30 AM at Koschek and Porter Funeral Directors, 1115 Hornberger Avenue, Roebling. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday 11:00 AM at Holy Assumption Church, Roebling. Friends may call Sunday from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the funeral home. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Florence. American Legion, VFW and catholic wake services will be conducted during the calling hours. The family requests memorial donations be sent to the Francis W. Robbins American Legion Post 194 Graduation Scholarship Fund In Memory of George E. Sampson, P.O. Box 35, Florence, NJ 08518. Condolences may be sent to