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Kenneth J. “Sam” Sammon

April 3, 1930 - May 18, 2020

Kenneth J. “Sam” Sammon, age 90, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, on Monday, May 18, 2020.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, PA on April 3, 1930, he was the son of the late Joseph C. and Alice (Heale) Sammon. Kenneth proudly served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He worked for Delaware Coach Company where he operated trackless trolleys in Wilmington and was a professional commercial truck driver, retiring from ARCO in New Jersey. After retirement, Kenneth also owned and operated Shannon Marie Trucking, worked part-time at X-Ray Associates as a courier and did transporting for multiple trucking companies.

Kenneth was a graduate of Coughlin High School in Wilkes-Barre, PA, where he wrestled and ran track. He was an avid reader and enjoyed fishing and boating in his spare time. Kenneth had his pilot’s license and liked to fly the piper cub plane. A friend to the community, he was a dedicated volunteer for Meals on Wheels as well as Easter Seals. Kenneth was also a life member of the Holloway Terrace Fire Company where he served as Captain of Rescue, being known as “Captain Sam”. He greatly enjoyed driving the shuttle bus for tours at the Hagley Museum.

Kenneth is survived by his wife of 40 years, Carlene F. (Stevens) Sammon; children, Teresa Carosino (Carl), Shannon Goldsborough, Matthew Sammon, Margaret Colombo (James), John Gibson, Jr., and Donna Clark (David); brother, Joseph Sammon (Charlotte); 12 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to “Dorothy” who cared for Kenneth for the last year.

All services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kenneth’s memory to Season’s Hospice, 220 Continental Drive, Ste. 101, Newark, DE 19713.

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10 Guestbook messages for Kenneth J. “Sam” Sammon

  • My heartfelt condolences to the family of Ken. He was a great person and an honor to call him friend. My prayers are with you.

  • Carlene,Matt, Donna and family. Our heart ❤️ goes out to you. We mourn but then we think of all the things we learned from him. Mr Sam your will be sadly missed.
    Dorothy Wingate
    Wayne Wingate Sr
    Jackie Zebley

  • Donna, Dave, and Family:
    I am so sorry for your loss. May Mr. Sammon’s memories help ease the heartfelt pain at this most difficult time. I will have Mr. Sammons in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for your Fire Service to others Mr. Sammons and God Bless!

  • Dear Delaware Sammon family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of Uncle Kenny! We loved when he came to see us in Texas. He was always filled with life and laughter! No one can ever take his place in our hearts. We are praying for peace for you all and know this is a sad time but know he is also free from pain. Much love from the Texas Sammon family.

  • A big part of our life is now in heaven and watching over all of us he will be terribly missed

  • Sam made my sister happy for 40 years. Never once did I see him without a smile and a genuine greeting to see me and my family. His patriotism, love of country and for that matter the Eagles was inspirational. For these reasons, I love Sam and will never forget him. Just remember Sam, you are in his house now, he is home, his rules!We love you Sam, Chuck and Carol

  • Sorry for your loss. Only met the family a couple of times, but heard about them for 54 years. My prayers are with you.

  • I always remember Sam being friendly and kind. I’ve thought about him and Mrs. Carlene often over the years. They were quite the couple – love you all. May God bless you all.
    With warmest Aloha

  • A good man, with a wealth of knowledge. Glad that I was able to know him for so many years. Condolences to the Sammon family.

  • Teresa–I am so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.