• Douglas A. Sample
    April 17,2014

    Douglas Sample

    Douglas A. Sample

    WILLIAMSTOWN — Douglas Arnold Sample, 75, of Williamstown, passed on peacefully at Central Vermont Medical Center Friday morning, April 4, 2014, surrounded by family and friends.

    Born Jan. 28, 1939, he was the son of William Everest and Harriett (Emery) Sample.

    Doug attended grades one through eight in Williamstown. It was a one-room schoolhouse where his oldest sister (Madeline, who is still living) was his teacher. He obtained his GED through the U.S. Armed Forces Institute.

    A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he served from 1956-1962 as a weapons mechanic.

    He was married to Shirley Blake; they later divorced.

    He worked many years as a carpenter, most recently for Don-Vac Inc., until retirement.

    Doug loved hunting, fishing, going to camp, playing cribbage, doing tricks with Daisy, and helping out at the farm.

    A member of the Williamstown Fire Department for 36 years, he retired as an assistant chief. Doug always bragged that the Williamstown Fire Department was the best small-town department in the area. He watched different phases of the new building being constructed and was very proud of the final results.

    Survivors include his daughter, Cathy Jo Johnson, her husband, Calvin, their children (grandchildren) Ronald and Katelyn, of Chelsea, and a son, Eric Douglas, of Mesa, Ariz.

    Also surviving are his sisters and brothers Madeline Joyal, of Melbourne, Fla., Ruth Beaton and Kay Erff, both of Williamstown, George Sample, of Palm Bay, Fla., along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

    Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, James and William “Bob” Jr., and sister Shirley Bernier.

    Graveside services will be held at a later date in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the Williamstown Fire Department, P.O. Box 316, Williamstown, VT 05679.

    The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, is in charge of the arrangements.

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