Edward J. Sampson Jr.
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North Andover - Edward J. Sampson, Jr. age 77 of North Andover passed away peacefully on Thursday January 2, 2020 after a lengthy period of declining health and multiple hospitalizations with his devoted wife by his side.
Born in Brockton, he attended Northeastern University, where he received Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degrees. He then embarked on a fifty-year career as a system engineer at Raytheon Company in Bedford and Tewksbury. He had a lifelong passion for classical organ music and organs. He served as President of the Board of Trustees of the Methuen Memorial Music Hall, home of the world-famous "Great Organ," for over 40 years. As a long-time communicant of Saint Patrick Parish in Lawrence, he was a lector and a member of several parish committees. Ed was the recipient of the prestigious Chevrus Award because of his great devotion to St. Patrick Parish and the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Kathleen, and their fantastic feline "Ginger." He is also survived by his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Honor and Bill Jutila, sister-in-law, Nancy Crowley, much loved nieces and nephews, Honor Marie and Jay Davis, Jennifer and Chris Grahn, Bill Jutila and partner, Mindy Bregoli, Patrick and Karen Crowley and Susan Norton; his beloved grandnieces and grandnephews: Madison Davis, Meghan Davis, Emma Davis, Caitlin Grahn, Samantha Grahn, Michael Crowley, Dayna Crowley, Daniel Crowley, Arthur Norton, III and Taylor Norton. He was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Eleanor Sampson, his sister-in-law: Barbara J. Crowley and his brother-in-law, John F. Crowley, Jr.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home in Methuen. The wake will be held at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall, 192 Broadway in Methuen (see mmmh.org for directions) on Sunday, January 5, 2020 from 2 to 6 p.m. Ed's funeral Mass will be held on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Parish, 118 South Broadway (Route 28), Lawrence. Interment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Waverly Rd, North Andover, MA. Funeral attendees are asked to please meet directly at the church on Monday morning. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a contribution in Ed's memory to either the Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Inc., Post Office Box 463, Methuen, MA 01844-0463 or St. Patrick Parish, 118 South Broadway, Lawrence, MA01843-1427. For directions and online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website, www.pollardfuneralhome.com. The Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home is honored to serve the Sampson Family.
Published on January 5, 2020


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David DeVarney
Jan 14, 2020
Just learned of Ed's passing. Our paths were only tangentially intertwined at Raytheon since I was based in RI. But during my travels north, we would occasionally chat. My best impression of Ed was that he was "a very gentle soul". As I read about his many contributions, I feel honored to have had some interaction with him. I normally dedicate my runs to someone ailing or has left our world. Tomorrow's run with be no different as I dedicate it to Ed. Farewell until we meet again!
Dave "Devo" DeVarney
Jill Santoro
Jan 12, 2020
Great guy, we shared so many fond memories as far back as high school. He really put sunshine in my life. RIP Eddy. Miss you every day.
Daniel Zavisza
Jan 11, 2020
Ed helped me several years ago when I requested getting a tour or explanation of the Great Organ at the Methuen Music Hall in preparing a documentary video for Salem Community Television. He took me and my camera into the actual works of the organ explaining the history and workings along the way. We became friends and greeted me as "Salem TV" when my wife, Jean, and I came to the summer recitals. He was so gracious and friendly. He will be sorely missed.
Pierre Paquin
Jan 11, 2020
My condolences to Ed's family.
I've always enjoyed workng with Ed at the Methuen Memorial Hall recording organ concerts in the past and more recently in October, 2018. He was a good friend and will be missed.
Rosalind Mohnsen
Jan 09, 2020
Ed Sampson will be greatly missed. He accomplished wonderful and amazing things at the Hall, while at the same time always being supportive and caring. May he always be remembered with gratitude for his legacy to MMMH.
Beverly and Marshall Reber
Jan 05, 2020
We will miss Ed at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall where we saw him on Wednesdays during the summer and at other events throughout the years. Thanks for your leadership in preserving this hidden treasure of the Merrimack Valley. He was happy to be able to attend the 2018 Merry Music Hall Christmas program where this photo was taken. Rest in Peace!
Peter Edwin Krasinski
Jan 05, 2020
Ed Sampson- a wonderful friend, leader and administrator. His passion for MMMH translated into real support, intelligent care of the hall, and appropriate attention to details needed in such a complex endeavor. Those lucky enough to have known him are better for it- his legacy will live on. He is at rest-He will be missed. 💐❤️💐
Jill Noyes
Jan 05, 2020
My condolences and prayers go out to the family. I had the great pleasure in being a work colleague and in knowing Ed.
Larry Ryan
Jan 04, 2020
Along with many other parts of his life -just think of all the joy he helped to bring to countless music/organ fans over the years! The greatest success in life is to leave much joy in the world! To many more wonderful years at MMMH. Sending prayers to his family at this difficult time. Friend's rallying around them is the best way to help.
Marianne Rafferty
Jan 04, 2020
I remember Edo doing the Raytheon Walk for hunger. I did the walk for 24 years . Never actually worked with Ed but was nice to talk to. Pracers for his family at this time