MONSON — James G. Samar, 95, passed away on August 28 with his family by his side.
Born July 14, 1923 in Webster, he was the son of proud Greek immigrants George and Beatrice (Stavropoulou) Samar.
James proudly served his country as part of the “greatest generation” in the U.S. Navy during World War II as an aerial gunner on a Helldiver bomber stationed on the USS Ticonderoga. He was involved in numerous aerial combat missions and survived two Kamikaze attacks; he was his family’s “hero” in every sense of the word. He remained an active member of his VB80 squadron and remained lifelong friends with his buddies he served with.
Jim resided in Monson for 50 years and worked beside his loving wife as owners of Samar Spa and later on Samar Auto Sales and Rentals in Palmer. Many children affectionately remembered him from his store Samar’s Spa. Jim loved playing golf and traveled the country doing it and was a longtime member of the Quaboag Country Club. He was also an avid reader.
He will be profoundly missed by the love of his life, his wife of 61 years Elizabeth A. (Tripp) Samar. He also leaves two children, two grandchildren and his son-in-law that loved him beyond what any words can explain. He leaves his son James S. Samar of Madison, Conn., his daughter, Lisa Samar-Ross and husband Richard of Chester, Conn., and his two grandchildren, that he loved with all his heart, Joshua and Alexa Ross. He also leaves many loving nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by three siblings John and Arthur Samar and Helen Sak and a grandson Isaiah Ross.
Calling hours will be Wednesday, September 5, from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 11:30 a.m. at the Beers & Story Palmer Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow at Brimfield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Monson Fire and Emergency Services Department, P. O. Box 335 Monson, MA 01057 For more information, please visit www.beersandstory.com.