Sampson, Donald


1939 - 2022

Forever in our hearts-

 Mr. Donald Sampson born May 19th, 1939 in St. John, New Brunswick, pre deceased by his parents William, and Elizabeth(Bessie) Sampson, of Kirkland Lake, Ontario.

He is survived by his children: Elizabeth Nickason (Carl), Terri Sampson (Lee). His grandchildren: Dylan Jones (Lynsey) Eve Jones, Luke Jones (Jaylin), Travis Ames, Jack Nickason, Brittany Fuglsang and Great Grandchildren Sophia, Halden and Freya and many other family and friends.

Don was a retired businessman. He owned and operated Carl’s office supply in Kirkland Lake, Ontario for over 30+ years. He was a black belt in Shorin-ryu karate, and even spent a year living and training in Okinawa, Japan. He obtained his private pilot license through the Air Cadet program in Kirkland Lake. He enjoyed many years flying his Ultra Light Challenger, which he built himself. Some of his fondest memories were in his airplane, playing snooker, or card games with friends and family. He is known by many as the creator of his board game: Composite Index.

Don was loved, and will be dearly missed by many for his contributions to the community. In his words, he lived a great life, and was ready to see what the other side had for him. He passed peacefully, at the Kirkland Lake and District Hopsital on May 3rd, with friends and family by his side.

Family has chosen to have a private gathering to celebrate his life.

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My sincere condolences to Liz, Terri, Todd and the Sampson family

Gina Bianconi, May 5, 2022

The family

My condolences…RIP Don

Bob Zidar, May 5, 2022

The Sampson Family and Friends

Sympathies to the Family and Friends of Don, so sorry for your loss....Don had a few tough years in the past, but now... hopefully RIP

Judy (Cale) Gervais, May 5, 2022

Donald’s children and grandchildren

Lost a childhood friend from my home town of Kirkland Lake today — Donald Sampson. My parents were friends of his parents when I lived in Kirkland as a kid from birth in 1940 to age 11. I remember one memorable Christmas we visited the Sampsons and I got to watch in awe as Donald operated his marvellous train set. He also had a fantastic stamp collection. Another great memory was when our family spent a whole summer’s day at the Sampson’s cottage, which if memory serves me was on Lake Kenogami. We went swimming, fishing and motorboat riding.
Years after our family left Kirkland, I came back for one of the big reunions in the 1960s and I visited Donald in his downtown store for “old times sake.”
Rest now, old friend, I’ve never forgotten you.

Miss Marilyn Anderson, May 5, 2022

Terri, Liz and families

Our deepest sympathies in the passing of your father. May he Rest In Peace. By the way, I still have the Composite Index games that he sold and signed for me. He was quite a character! Enjoy talking with him every time he came to my shop.

Marcel and Claudette Guilbeault

Marcel Guilbeault, May 5, 2022

Terri sampson

Dear Terri, I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. 30 years ago when I worked for the town of KL I was in Carls Office Supply often. I wonder if the store is still in the family. My thoughts and prayers r with u at this difficult time.

Linda Runham, May 5, 2022

Terri Sampson

Sorry for your loss Terri, you and your family are in our thoughts.

Marian and Michel Larose, May 5, 2022

Sampson Family

I’m sorry for your loss.

Cathy Le Clerc , May 5, 2022

The Sampson Family

Sorry to hear of Dons passing. Don and I spent many hours behind the stick of our Challengers...flying to Montreal a few times and numerous other destinations. We'd make our plans usually during lunch at the Capitol Restaurant and flip to see who paid. We would often say 'it's time to get some wind under our ass...where are we flying today'. Don was a smooth pilot and usually greased the landings. He'll be missed by us fellow pilots and we'll miss the hanger stories.

Cheryl and Dale Peever, May 5, 2022

The Sampson Family

My deepest condolences to the Sampson family. Don was a good friend for more years than I care to admit... he will be missed my many. See you on the other side Don!

Dan Porteous, May 5, 2022

Lizzie, Terri and the rest

I'm so sorry to hear about Don. He was smart, funny, rude and rudely funny. I think that's why we got along. So many evenings at Crystal doing all the things cottagers do. He can’t be replaced and has left a big space in Kirkland Lake that cannot be filled.
Enjoy yourself wherever you are Don and enjoy flying without the bounds of earth holding you back.

Kelly Janes Rolanty, May 6, 2022


I am very saddened to hear of Don’s passing. He was a permanent fixture at the Goldland and spent countless hours day and night playing snooker and kibitzing with everyone there. My deepest sympathies go out to you Terri and to your entire family.

Erin Robazza , May 6, 2022

Don's Family

Saddened to hear of Don's passing.
Loved his sense of humor.

RICK BARKER, May 6, 2022

Terri and Lee and family

So very sorry to hear of the passing of your “Pops”. He was quite an accomplished man and lived his best life. He will be missed.

Maureen Widdifield, May 6, 2022

Sampson family

So sorry to hear this news. I dealt with Don a lot when I worked at town hall. I would run over to the store to pick up 1 thing and get back to work an hour later. Because you never left the store without having an in-depth conversation with Don…about anything and everything. Deepest condolences.

Kathleen Dudgeon, May 6, 2022

Sampson family.

My sincere condolences for your loss. May Don Rest In Peace and look after you from above.

Judy Kerr, May 6, 2022


My sincere sympathies to all Dons family.

Wayne Irvine, May 6, 2022

Don's family

I first met Don when I took karate lessons from him in grade 7 and 8 at Central Public School. Later I had the privilege of working for him at Carl's Office Supply while in high school...with Don it really didn't seem like work, and he made everyone he met feel special. I am so sorry for your loss.

Sharon (Wilson) Galna, May 6, 2022

Terry Sampson

Terri, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Don was my mentor in the 80's when I was just a teenager learning to play snooker at Mary's Pool Hall. He taught me so much about the game and I was always eager to play him and learn his tricks. He never backed down from a game and I always enjoyed playing pool with him. I wouldn't be the pool player I am today if it wasn't for your father. He will be missed.

Lorne Allaire, May 6, 2022

Terri and all of Dons family

My deepest condolences. Enjoyed working for and with Don for over 25 years.

Doris Uhrayn, May 6, 2022

Terri and family

Sorry to hear of the loss of your dad.

Stan Skalecki, May 8, 2022

The family of Don Sampson

I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. I worked with Don while he was the accountant at the Northern Daily News and I was always pleased whenever he would tell people that I had the fastest fingers on the very old model calculaters that we had back then. Before covid I would often see him at the Pagoda when the morning group met. Rest peacefully Don.

Shirley Downey, May 8, 2022

The family

My condolences. Rest in peace Don.

Phil Algar., May 9, 2022

Sampson family

So sorry to hear of the passing of Don.
Deepest condolences to the family.

Hélène and Don Studholme, May 10, 2022

Sampson Family

I remember Don from the days we played hooky to go and play snooker at Jerrys. I believe the last time I saw him was playing snooker at Robazzas. Always good to deal with him at Carls Stationary. He'll be missed in the community.

Paul Filteau, May 11, 2022

Terri and family

My heart felt condolences on the loss of your father. Lots of fond memories playing snooker together for years and enjoying a meal at the Pagoda.

Darrell Verdon, August 1, 2022

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