Samuel A. English, 78, of County Highway 132, Hagaman, passed away on Thursday morning, June 13, 2019, at Nathan Littauer Nursing Home.
He was born in Amsterdam on May 8, 1941, a son of Samuel and Annie Thompson English and was a 1959 graduate of Amsterdam High School. Sam was a lifelong area resident.
He was employed as an in-house printer at the former Mohasco Industries in Amsterdam and later at Coleco Industries. Most recently, Sam worked at the Noteworthy Co. until retiring in 2008.
Mr. English was a member and past president of the Adirondack Craftsman Printing Club.
He was a member of the Air National Guard in Schenectady from 1962 to 1968.
Sam loved working on cars and would spend many hours in his garage working on his 1968 and 1974 Volkswagons and his 1978 Ford F150. In later years, his greatest joy was attending events involving his grandchildren. Sam never missed a school concert, or a Tae Kwan Do exhibition for grandson Korey, or a Little League Baseball game for granddaughter Lily. He also enjoyed WWE wrestling, first with his children and later with his granddaughter. Sam was proud of his Irish heritage, as both parents were born in Portadown, Co. Armagh Northen Ireland. He loved Irish music and culture and traveled there at age 15 with his mother.
Survivors include his wife, Judith Musolff English, whom he married on April 22, 1967; a son, Gregory (Karen) English of West Charlton; a daughter, Rebecca (Tim) Bain of Perth; a brother, George English of Galway; a sister, Doris English of Perth; three sisters-in-law, Linda Felton of The Woodlands, TX, Diane Murray of Seminole, FL, and Susan (Perry) Simser of Saratoga Springs; two brothers-in-law, George (Sue) Musolff of Saratoga Springs and Hank (Missy) Woller of Delmar; two grandchildren, Korey English and Lily-Catherine Bain; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Cremation was performed at Park View Crematorium, Schenectady. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc., 111 County Highway 106 (corner of Route 29 and Black Street), Johnstown. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Judy Humphrey-Fox, officiating. Final burial will be in West Galway Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pepper Tree Rescue, in care of the funeral home.