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Nicholas Sampson

March 31, 1956 July 5, 2019
Nicholas Sampson
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Obituary for Nicholas Sampson

Nicholas William Sampson, son of Beverly Sampson and
William Lassister, was born on March 3, 1956 in Newark, New
Jersey. He was raised and educated in Roselle under the care of
(his stepmother), Ethel Brazil.
He grew up knowing and spending time with his family in East
Orange.
Nick was a loving and easygoing child and grew to be a laid
back sort of man with a wittiness that was often self-effacing.
He maintained this sense of humor throughout his life’s trials
and illness.
After high school, Nicholas worked for his dad, operating
newspaper and magazine kiosks at Newark International
Airport. He said he didn’t mind the work because it was easy
but in fact it required a great deal of responsibility, which he
possessed. Doing a good job for Dad had its benefits. William
surprised Nicky, bought him a brand new sedan, blue. Imagine
William’s surprise when Nick returned the car to the dealer and
traded it in for what he called a ‘real car’! Something with a
souped up engine and painted fire red engine.
Even with wheels, Nick soon tired of the sights around New
Jersey and joined the Army. Upon his discharge, he insisted he
hadn’t traveled enough and joined the Navy. Upon this
discharge, and still restless, he traveled around the country,
often with his brother Terrance. Whenever they called or
stopped by, it was almost always a surprise as to where they
were arriving from and to where they were headed. The visits
were never long intentioned.
Nick landed in Boston because he was trying to hitch a ride on
the Mass Pike to a circus in Florida and a state policeman
picked him up and upon learning he was a veteran, deposited
him in Boston Commons. Every day while there, someone
brought him a bagged lunch (which he shared with a squirrel).
He found work as a short order cook and a bed in a local
shelter. This suited him perfectly until he had a serious accident
and was confined to a wheelchair.
Around this same time, permanent housing became available
for Nick and he was moved into a new apartment at the
Veteran’s Center in City Hall Plaza. It was beautiful and large,
made for wheel chair access. Well Nick never brought the
wheelchair inside, abandoning it outside the apartment on his
first day of arrival.
It was there he had the good fortune of meeting his social
worker, Lisa. She advocated for Nick in every possible way,
got him into a medical/social program that he attended weekly.
While others took the van, she had PACE program arrange for
Nick to travel each time by taxi. She also shopped for him,
arranging for Nick to get a TV and other furniture, but most
importantly, she found us, his family. This was a year ago and
we have been in touch with him ever since his having made
contact all hours of the day and night alike. This continued
until the Lord returned him to his permanent home on July 5,
2019.
Nick was predeceased by his stepmother Ethel, his mother
Beverly and father, William and also his siblings, Rasool
Shabazz and Terrance Sampson. His wit and generosity of
spirit will be missed by all that knew and loved him. He leaves
to mourn his sister, Lynn Fuller (Robert), Jeanne Ballard
(Ishmael) and Hassan Manley; nieces JuKiela Manley and
Kerri Fuller. Additionally a host of nieces and nephews,
cousins and friends will miss his loving spirit but we will carry
it forward and share it with the world as he did. I know he
would want that.


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