Milton William Sampson
Passed on November 10, 2020
July 31, 1928 – Nov 10, 2020 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Mel Sampson at the age of 92 years. Mel passed away peacefully on November 10, 2020 at his home in Rosewood Lodge with his wife of 37 years, Ruth by his side.
Mel was born July 31, 1928 in the town of Greenway, Manitoba. He attended elementary school in Pelican Lake and later high school in Belmont, Manitoba. As a young man, in 1949 Mel moved to Brandon to work driving truck hauling asphalt to build the highways. In 1953 he moved to Winnipeg to start his much loved career with the Winnipeg Tribune newspaper. Mel worked here for 27 years until it’s closure in 1980. He then started working for the Winnipeg Sun until his retirement.
Mel was first married in Brandon in 1951 to Mildred (known as Bonnie) and together they had 2 daughters; Donna (Hector) and Donalda (known as Debbie) who both have made their homes in Ontario. Bonnie passed away from diabetes in 1982. In 1983 Mel met Ruth Lefebvre (nee Appleyard) at a dance at the Odd Fellows Hall in Stonewall. They married Oct 15 of the same year and made their home in Winnipeg for a couple short years until Ruth retired in 1985 and then they made the move to Stonewall to spend their retirement years.
Ruth and Mel continued their lifelong love of dancing and music together for over 30 years attending dances and fiddle festivals taking them on road trips all over southern Manitoba making many wonderful friends along the way. Mel believed strongly in volunteering to better his community and its members. Mel volunteered in many capacities including driving seniors to and from doctors’ appointments in Winnipeg, helping with fundraisers and many more local ventures. A testament to that is when Mel and Ruth spent 22 years in Weslaco Texas as Snowbirds at the Pine to Palm trailer park. He volunteered as the dance and entertainment director, sports director and assistant director. Two of his strongest passions were the South Interlake Seniors Resource Council and of course the Lions Club. Mel drove the handy van for 7 years and this experience allowed him to recognize a need for an organization to advocate on behalf of the seniors in the community. Mel was instrumental in co-founding the South Interlake Seniors Resource Council and acting as a director for over 25 years. Mel was also a passionate member of the Stonewall Lions Club since 1986 earning many awards for his dedicated and loyal 32 years of service such as the Harry A. Newman Diabetes Award in 2007 and an award for distinguished achievements in 2015/2016. He held many positions over the years including chair for Cavalcade in 2003 and President of the local chapter in 1991/1992.
He is now resting peacefully with his beloved ones.
Due to current COVID restrictions, there will be no service at this time. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to South Interlake Seniors Resource Council.
Ruth would like to send a special thank you to the staff at Rosewood Lodge for their loving care of Mel over the last 2 years.
“Life is like dancing, it’s not about getting from one place to another, it’s about enjoying every step.” -Author Unknown
To Ruth , We will miss Mel and his jokes. The bear hugs felt so warm. He contributed to many good causes. He was very special to us as well as many others. Just knowing Mel was an honor. May God give you strength and courage to carry you through these difficult days. Please know you are not alone. Remember God will take special care of Mel for you. "Happy Trails" to you Mel until we all meet again at the BIG DANCE in the sky.
Leonard and Josie Lindley
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