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Alexander Matthew "Sam" Sambor

June 25, 1921 ~ February 25, 2020 (age 98)

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Alexander Matthew (Sam) Sambor of 294 Belchertown Road Ware now rests peacefully in the eternal house of our Lord Jesus. Born the youngest child/son to Albert and Mary (Wozniak) Sambor on June 25,1921 Alex quickly adapted to his Catholic religious faith and remained devout his entire life. He served as an altar boy in his youth and contemplated studying the priesthood but changed his mind as he grew older. A good student at St Mary’s school he graduated from 8th Grade in 1934 and moved on to Ware High School where he earned his high school diploma in 1938. During this period of his life he joined his brothers Walter and Anthony who each played music—Walter on trumpet and Anthony on banjo. Alex played accordion and every Friday night they gathered and played music for the entire neighborhood on Cherry Street. Good memories for all. After beginning work at the Ware Shoe he was drafted into our United States Army-WWII and stationed in Pensacola Florida where he spied off the coast for German submarines.  He and my mother, then his favorite lady (nee Marion E. Lemon), wrote to each other on a daily basis. They married shortly after his return. Ryan Manufacturing employed Sam for more than thirty years. History has it the company’s custom kitchens made home for many residents of town and also Richard Nixon, Stan Musial, and others. Ryan’s moved from Ware to Connecticut and Sam then moved to Gillespie Corp. where he stayed employed until the age of ninety-three. He was a dedicated employee and remained a positive influence for the company and employees. His life long passion for music remained a staple and included schooling in one or more schools in Boston. While he had the ability to play almost any instrument it was the accordion he made speak. All types of music were specialties and included: Polka, Country, Religious, Ballroom Dance, and popular songs of the day. He was most proud to have performed at one of the last engagements in the Swift River Valley in the now defunct town of North Dana. Penning notes and words of his own tune he wrote for a minstrel show for the then VFW and conducted shows as fundraisers for St. Mary’s Church. A man of great humility Alex passed as he lived. Quietly and gently he was predeceased by the love of his life his wife Marion Edna (Lemon) Sambor, his daughter and caregiver Cynthia Dolores (Sambor) LaBombard whom he named at birth and also leaves his grandchildren Anthony Robert LaBombard, Wayne Frederick LaBombard, and Bethany Ann Staiger. Great Grandchildren Ivey Gilliland, Gabriel LaBombard, Andrew Gilliland, and Koryn Calcutt and newborn great, great grandchild Forest Calcutt. During his final time at home he was most grateful to include monthly visits from Rev. Father Piotr Calik, Pastor of both All Saints Parish and St. Mary’s Parish. Communion and the prayer Our Father were recited in Polish. We are thankful for your expressions of remembrance with acknowledgement to: Cebula Funeral Home of 66 South Street Ware, MA 01082 and Father Piotr of All Saints Church for their assistance. A Funeral Mass will be offered for Alexander on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 10 AM in All Saints Church, 17 North St., Ware.  Burial with Full Military Honors will follow in Aspen Grove Cemetery in Ware. Donations may be made to: All Saints Church or St. Mary’s Church with both rectories addressed at: 60 South Street   Ware, MA 01082

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Funeral Mass
March 9, 2020

10:00 AM
All Saints Church (North Street)

Military Honors
March 9, 2020

10:45 AM
Aspen Grove Cemetery

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