In Memoriam : Samuel Harper
Samuel J Harper - age: 83
(July 19, 1928 to May 12, 2012
Friends and family may call Wednesday from 4 to 6 PM at the Dennett, Craig & Pate 365 Main St, Saco. A funeral service will be held 10:00 AM Thursday at the funeral home, burial will follow at High Cemetery in Limerick.
Dennett - Craig & Pate Funeral Homes, Inc.
P.O. Box 58
Saco Maine 04072
Buxton Scarborough Waterboro/Limerick Region Saco
(207) 929-8200 (207) 883-4790 (207) 793-4400 (207) 284-5611
Robert D. Pate James T. Pate Chad E. Poitras
Samuel J. Harper
Portland Press Herald and Journal Tribune
Sanford, Samuel J. Harper, 83, of South Waterboro Rd, Alfred passed away Saturday May 12, 2012 at the Greenwood Center . He was born in Saco July 19, 1928 the son of Morrill and Florence Scammon Harper, who owned the Harper Grain Store for many years.
Sam graduated from Frybury Academy in 1947. He attended florist school in Boston and then worked for Minots Florist in Portland. He later opened his own shop called Harper’s Florist. In later years he worked for MAC Finance Company and First Industrial Bank.
Sam was a stand in double for George Peppard in the Banachek series, which ran from 1972 until 1974.
He modeled in Boston and later worked for the Tamarack Landscaping company in Kennebunk.
He enjoyed gardening and was a member of the International Lilac and the Magnolia Society.
Sam was once featured in Yankee Magazine for his extensive Lilac collection of 100 different varieties.
He is survived by 2 sons David of Aptos, CA and Richard Harper of Las Vegas, Nevada, 4 daughters Martha Phernetton of Stillwater ,Minnesota, Sara Vacca of Edison , NJ, Faith Richards of Lyman, Me and Elizabeth Riordan of Hampton Falls, NH, and 7 grandchildren, as well as Marilyn Zanca and Natalie Harper.
The Harper family would like to give thanks to the nurses and staff at the Lodges in Springvale and the Greenwood Center in Sanford.
Samantha Bentley - May 14, 2012 Contact this person
Sam was a special person who had an impact on so many lives. We had wonderful times together and great conversations. I am glad I had the opportunity to be a part of his life and take care of him. He will be greatly missed, you are in a better place Sam and your no longer suffering. My deepest condolences goes out to his family.
Faith Richard - May 15, 2012 Contact this person
Rest in peace Dad.
Wayne Cutting - May 15, 2012 Contact this person
I'm so sorry for your loss. Unfortunately I have previous commitments preventing me from attending. I have fond memories of Sam from the time he worked with us including the times he allowed the crew to go swimming in the pond. I thought I was pretty knowledgeable about plants until I met Sam. He taught me so much for which I am forever grateful. Sydnie and I were also blessed when Sam opened up his home and gardens for our wedding. He's the only one I've ever known who would rather buy a plant than food. The gardening community has lost a great one. Again, please accept my sympathy. Wayne Cutting