He may have been a strict dad, but it was only because Sam wanted to raise quality children. His kids were home long before the lights were out on their Kensington street; and if they made a mistake on their homework they’d have to tear it up and start over, perfection being the goal. He was an old school kind of guy with the ability to build just about anything. He’d do all sorts of cool things for his children’s homes, everything from small remodels to Koi ponds, usually finishing his project just in time for them to sell them. But, it was just as well: Sam would get to work on the new house. If he got loose he’d head off to the woods, rifle in hand, or head down the shore, road and tackle box by his side. He retired as a foundry worker from B and B Foundry in Philadelphia.
The young Kensington boy would meet a pretty Fishtown girl named Mary. Their 56-year marriage was blessed by 5 children: Mary, Debbie (Ed), Donna Helveston (Lori), Samuel and Frankie (Wendy); and later by grandchildren, Mary, Dennis, Ashley, Eddie (Priscilla), Michael, Chelsea, Donna, Jeffrey, Sam, Sean, Tiffany and Frankie; and great grandchildren, Alyssa, Thomas, Addison, Connor, Edward, Candace, Joey, Aidan, Logan, Declan, Katrina and Hailie. He is survived by his sisters, Sally Redfern, Lillian Weisse and Carol Hahn.
77 great years will be celebrated privately.