August 20, 1919 ~ October 1, 2012
Arden ~ Paul Dieterle Sampson passed away on October 1, 2012, at Heather Glen in Arden at the age of 93.
Paul was born on August 20, 1919, in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. He was married to the late Mary Maynard Sampson for 69 years. He received both his bachelor's degree and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy at Pearl Harbor and attaining the rank of Lieutenant Senior Grade.
Paul and Mary raised their children in Michigan, and then lived in New England for several years before moving south. They had five children: Carolyn (Charles) Hubbard of Metamora, MI; Cynthia Sampson of Asheville; Claudia (Douglas) Sherry of Biltmore Lake; Daniel Sampson of Prescott Valley; AZ; and Gwendolyn (Fred) Natusch of Hyannis, MA. They had seven grandchildren: Nevin(Cynthia) Hubbard of Lake Orion, MI; Mollie (Andrew) Lammers of Asheville; Katrina (Fernando)Ferreyra of San Rafael, CA; Monica (Michael) DiPilato of Raleigh; Fred Jr. (Jen) Natusch, Adam Natusch, and Carrie (Bryan) Cimeno, all of Martha's Vineyard, MA. Paul had 17 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Bill Bachman of Battle Creek, MI.
From the late 1940s to 1970, Paul was the owner and president of Sampson-Hill Corporation, a direct marketing company in Michigan. Following the sale of his company, he became the executive manager of the Christian Science Publishing Society in Boston, MA, for two years. He then spent more than 20 years leading seminars on six continents for the Direct Marketing Association. At one time, he was named one of the top 10 after-dinner speakers in the country.
Most importantly, Paul was a vibrant father and grandfather with an incredible sense of humor and a vivid imagination. His grandchildren treasure memories of the elaborate stories he would create to entertain them, the letters he wrote to them, and the magical walks he would take with them in the mountains of New Hampshire.
Paul's family is deeply grateful to the staff of Heather Glen Assisted Living at Ardenwoods Retirement Community for their compassionate care of him for more than three years, and also for their loving support of his family.
The family will hold a private memorial service. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Paul may be given to Carolina Day School, 1345 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803. Paul's family has many connections to this school. His daughter Claudia, granddaughter Mollie and her husband Andy work there; his granddaughters Katrina and Monica are alumnae; and three of his great-grandchildren are students in Carolina Day's Lower and Middle Schools.
Dear Claudia, Doug, Katrina, and Monica, I have you all in my prayers! I am sure your dad, father-in-law, and grandfather know how much you loved him and cared for him! Love Diane
You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
‘When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.’ ~Kahlil Gibran
Libby, Ciera and McKinley
We send love to all of you. May you find strength to get through the tough days ahead.
Love, Gloria, Mark, Dylan & Tomo
Paul will be greatly missed. I feel fortunate to have known such a great man. I do not have many memories of my own grandfathers, but Paul was like one to me. As I traveled through Winston-Salem on business calls, I always tried to stop by to see Paul and Mary. We had wonderful competitions of cribbage with very memorable exhanges of jeering and jokes. It seems that competition and ice cream always got him going. Paul, you were so loved, admired, and respected. Your life inspired so many lives. May God’s love shine with your soul in his infinite Mind and Spirit. The Sherry family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Thinking of you all and sending love and prayers.
To The Family of Paul Sampson, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the entire family. Whenever we lose someone whom we love so dearly, it can bring unimaginable pain. As you face this most difficult time, I pray that you can find peace and comfort in God’s promise at Rev. 21:3,4 He will soon ‘wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.’ What a beautiful ,peaceful time we have to look forward to. Please hold this promise close to your mind and heart. As you do, you all with dwell kindly in my thoughts and prayers. With warm Christian love and deep respect.
When you look up at the sky at night, since I’ll be living on one of them, since I’ll be laughing on one of them, for you it’ll be as if all the stars are laughing.’
This quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupery seems so fitting for your dad/grandfather. He always seemed on the verge of laughter to me; so ready to find what was joyful and enjoyable in life. My heart is full with thoughts of all of you as you encounter another poignant loss. Deb