Samuel Ivah Magoon VERSHIRE — Samuel Ivah Magoon, 62, of Vershire, passed away peacefully at home in the early hours of August 3, 2019 after a year-long struggle with cancer. Sam was born March 31, 1957 in Hanover, NH to Richard and Dorothy Magoon of West Fairlee, VT. He attended Thetford Academy where he played soccer and baseball and made many lifelong friends. After graduating in 1975, Sam studied physical education at the University of Vermont, earning a degree in 1980. A year later he married Laurie Appleton of Wrights Mountain in Bradford, Vermont and together they raised two sons, Kaleb and Josh. Sam worked for HEB Manufacturing in Chelsea for over 35 years where he demonstrated a unique dedication to his career and earned tremendous respect from his colleagues. Always an avid outdoorsman, Sam was a skilled hunter and involved in numerous local organizations including the Ely Mine Hunting Club and the Northfield Beagle Club, where he served as a member for over 25 years and formed many close friendships. His greatest love was spending time with his sons, and Sam was active in the community as a youth coach and took pride in his boys and their accomplishments. When not in the woods or on the sidelines, he could often be found watching a Red Sox game or a favorite Old Western film from the comfort of his chair with a beloved dog by his side. Over the past year Sam did not let anything stand in his way of keeping up with his hobbies: A successful hunting season, catching up with old friends, exploring favorite local spots, and getting out to visit family occupied many of his final days. A highlight for Sam was certainly getting to spend time with his two young granddaughters. Sam will be remembered as being a loyal and generous friend, a loving husband and father with a firm but gentle approach, and most of all a humble, kind, and well-loved man. He was always so grateful for his friends, family, and community, who in turn, appreciated his sly sense of humor and his ability to get his point across in just a few words. Sam will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 37 years, Laurie (Appleton) Magoon, his sons Kaleb (Sarah) and Joshua (Tiffany), granddaughters Callahan and Evelyn, and a grandson arriving this September. He will also be forever remembered by his brothers Richard (Joyce) and Ron (Nancy), sister Cindy, aunt Edie Young, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Sam’s passing is preceded by his parents Richard and Dorothy (Rogers) Magoon, and brother George Magoon. Sam and his family would like to thank everyone for their love and support over the past year and feel fortunate to be part of such a caring community. In lieu of any services, and to honor Sam’s character and love of the outdoors, the family asks that those who so desire may make memorial contributions to their local Fish and Game Club or to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at The Boardway and Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea, Vermont, is in charge of arrangements.

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