Edward Sample

  • Born: February 7, 1930
  • Died: February 14, 2019
  • Location: Avon Lake, Ohio

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

163 Avon Belden Road
Avon Lake, OH 44012

Tel. (440) 933-3202

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa.

Edward M. Sample, 89 of Avon Lake went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 14, 2019. He was born February 7, 1930 to parents Tom and Lena Sample.
Ed spent a happy, carefree childhood in Avon and attended Avon Village Schools all 12 years. Ed served in the United States Army. During the Korean War he did a tour from 1951-1953. He graduated from the University of Western Michigan in 1958 with a degree in education. He taught 4th and 6th grade at Erieview and Westview Elementary schools before becoming the first principal of Redwood Elementary school when it opened in 1962. He then retired from Redwood Elementary in 1985. He then worked at the Aqua Marine as a nautilus instructor until it closed. Ed continued to work at the Avon Lake High School fitness center and the Avon YMCA until the age of 87. Ed enjoyed dancing, golfing, traveling, high school and college sports, family gatherings, yard work and pancakes at Perkins. Ed never met a stranger. He enjoyed talking about politics with anyone and loved his ice cream with the grandkids. He was always quick to lend a hand and he helped build the A.L.P.S.; and over the years was involved in many community activities. He will always be loved and missed by many.
He is survived by his children Jill Miskell, Jennifer Spears (Larry), Elizabeth Chuba (Dan), Don (Jackie) Nowak, Ron (Deb) Nowak and Allison McCarthy; siblings Robert (Vera), Phyllis and Cora Dell; 13 grandchildren, Julie Montanez, Dan Johnson, Sarah and Jeremiah Walters, Brianna Chuba, Josh, Jon, Pete and Donald Nowak, Christine and Eric Nowak, Kevin and Sean McCarthy; 16 great-grandchildren, Olivia, Aubrey, Ryker, Taylor, Kaine, Christian, Draven, Aurora, Mia, Mason, Isabella, Gabriella, Lucy, Mary Alice, Owen and Sarah; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his first wife Patricia Sample and his second wife Alice Sample; parents Tom and Lena Sample; siblings Tom, Jack, Jane and Bill; grandsons Edward Johnson and Michael Todhunter.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be forward to Second Harvest Food Bank 5510 Baumhart Rd., Lorain, OH 44053 or at https://www.secondharvestfoodbank.org/give
Friends may call Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 2:00pm-5:00pm for a visitation with a 5:00pm service at BUSCH FUNERAL HOME 163 AVON BELDEN RD, AVON LAKE, OH 44012. Burial at Elmhurst Park at a later date. www.buschcares.com 440-933-3202


Condolence & Memory Journal

May God bless and keep you, my friend. We all remember your kindnesses and the generosity of your time. Thanks for your service in the Avon Lake High School weight room......you are a friend to many.

Posted by Darrel Smallwood - Berlin Heights, OH - Coworker   February 23, 2019

Best brother in the world. Many Great memories of our lifes together! I will miss you!

Posted by Robert Sample - Seal Beach, CA - family   February 19, 2019

Our family (YMCA instructor, members, and h.s. students) are very sorry to hear of the loss of a great, strong, funny, silly, knowledgeable, selfless gentleman.

Posted by Amanda Brown - Avon Lake, OH - Coworker   February 18, 2019

What an incredibly kind man! In my mind for the rest of my life (especially raising my own children) Mr. Sample forever set my view of what a Principal should look like! Admittedly, I spent some additional one on one time with him in his office. He always seemed to smile with a twinkle and speak patiently trying to correct my behavior! May the Lord grant his entire family and friends with His peace and comfort! Thank you, Mr. Sample, for your seven years of love and mentoring. A true Avon Lake and Redwood School treasure!

Posted by Rick Finitzer - Yuba City, CA - Student   February 17, 2019

My sincere condolences. I am 66 years old and there's a lot I don't remember. But I do have fond memories of Mr Sample as a teacher at Westview and a principle at Redwood. The kindest man, a patient teacher and a wonderful role model to everyone who knew him.

Posted by Debbie Todt (nee Hill) - Columbus, OH - Student   February 17, 2019

My all time favorite teacher! Compassionate and kind to everyone. A naturally gifted teacher. A very special human being.

Posted by Kathryn Brohl - Winter Park, FL - Student   February 17, 2019

Thoughts and prayers for my dear uncle!

Posted by David Sample - Snowflake, AZ   February 17, 2019

Mr. Sample was one of the best! I enjoyed the time I worked with him and the conversations we would have when running in to him at various times around Avon Lake. He was a wonderful man and always had a smile on his face. Never seemed to run out of energy. He will be missed. My deepest sympathy to his family.

Posted by Jeanette Waltz - Avon Lake, OH - Friend   February 17, 2019

Sat near to Ed for years as season ticket holders at Shoremen football games. Our seats were in the very last row at the top of the new stadium against the press box. Even well into his eighties, he would scramble up those steps with no problem while people 40 years younger were winded by the time they got to the top. Always enjoyed his stories of Avon Lake past and was impressed by the steady stream of former students that came by to say hello. He was a wonderful human being and a great role model. Heaven just become a better place.....

Posted by John Kenny - Avon Lake, OH - Friend   February 17, 2019

Ed was the best instructor at the Avon YMCA! Helped so many to use the exercise machines the correct way. Always encouraging and so much fun to talk to. Missed him everyday he wasn't there!

Posted by Judy Polutnik - AVON, OH   February 17, 2019

Ed Sample had the biggest and kindest personality! He put his hands and heart into any task he did, and invited everyone around him to do the same. It was a grace to know him as a principal, and then so many years later as an advisor at the Y. Avon Lake will miss this fine man.

Posted by Lois Allegretto - Avon Lake, OH   February 17, 2019

I just loved Ed. He was the best principal I have ever worked for. He was always kind, fair and supportive! We all had a wonderful life together at Redwood with your father at the helm. I will miss seeing him around Avon Lake. My deepest sympathy to his family...I'm sure this is a devastating loss.

Posted by Lynn Kopf-Ladikos - Avon Lake, OH - Coworker   February 16, 2019

So glad my Mum & I ran into Mr. Sample & his daughter at Perkins. Just loved him as principle @ Redwood for our kids and a colleague @ALHS always holding the fitness room door unlocked to let me in around 7am. He was so personable and a lovely man.

Posted by Cathy Lehota - Lorain, OH - Coworker   February 16, 2019

Mr. Sample was an inspiration to all. I consider him to be my teacher and my friend. The world will miss your kind, Ed Sample.

Posted by Craig Maurer - Wellington, OH - Friend   February 16, 2019

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