Samuel Gillespie Potter

January 22, 2024

In Loving Memory

Samuel Gillespie Potter

Samuel Gillespie Potter passed away peacefully on January 22 while residing at Gemstone.  He leaves behind his family that meant the world to him; his loving wife of 55 years, Eleanor, daughters; Elizabeth and Leanore.  His grandson Broughton, who meant the world to him along with his wife Sarah, all our pets that he enjoyed so much; Dexter, Clover and Oliver.

Dad, Papa, Sam, Sammy, Shamrock, Mr. Potter to those that knew him, was born February 22, 1938, in Aughnacloy, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

He came to Canada in 1965. Arriving to his Uncle Jim’s in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan.  He loved working on his cousin’s farm.  The best story was giving everyone a good laugh, when being told to catch a skunk which turned into a stinky surprise for him (he didn’t know of them in Ireland).  From there he headed to Kamloops and worked in portable sawmills.

Then he met his true love, Eleanor, in February of 1969 and with a wiggle of her finger he was hers. They were engaged in May and married in August of that same year.  Mom said if she had to do it all over again, she would.  He was a good man who looked after and provided well for his family.

In the fall of 1970, they went back to Northern Ireland for a few years, bringing with them their first daughter. They returned to Canada residing in Vancouver briefly where he worked at Bay Lumber (sawmill) and managed an apartment block with Mom before returning to Kamloops. 

They bought their first home in Westmount before the birth of their second daughter, then moved to their dream home in Brocklehurst where he enjoyed the large yard.

He took pride growing fruits and vegetables which they preserved to provide for his family over the winter months.  He also enjoyed sharing his produce with family, friends, and neighbors. 

Retiring from Domtar (Weyerhaeuser) in January of 1999 gave him more time to enjoy his home and family.

He loved puttering away in his garage and doing renos to the house. He was always willing to give a helping hand to his neighbors and friends whether it be fixing something, lending a tool, building a fence, shoveling driveways, etc… 

We enjoyed playing cards with him and were still able to up until the past year or so.  Dementia never stopped him from knowing what you had played and beating us at 31.  He got a kick out of winning and it was always great to hear him chuckle about it!

Like he would always tell us; God bless, watch out for the other guy and don’t take any wooden nickels. We will miss him very much.

Gathering of family and friends will be held at his home, 2311 Moody Avenue in Kamloops Saturday, February 17 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. 

This will be an open house, nothing formal. Come and go as you please to share stories and memories with us.

Arrangements entrusted to

Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services 250-554-2324

Condolences may be expressed to the family by phone or email through Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services:

T: 250-554-2324 F: 250.554.3505

665 Tranquille Rd #4,
Kamloops, BC V2B 3H7

E: [email protected]

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Comments: 6

  1. Brenda Fisher says:

    Very sad to hear of your loss. Please accept my condolences during this difficult time.
    Brenda Fisher

  2. Dean Potter says:

    Sad news to learn of Uncle Sammy passing away!!
    Looks a lot like my father and sounds very similar as in loving his family, playing cards ( enjoying winning) and having a bit of fun!!
    All my Love from The Potters in Australia ❤️❤️

  3. Bev Hunter says:

    My condolences to you all So many great memories of Sam Potter when we were neighbors in Westmount. He played some pretty good jokes on me. He truely was a great Husband Father and Friend …

  4. Karrie Hayher says:

    Mrs. Potter, Liz and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. This beautiful picture of Mr. Potter brought back such great memories of him. That sparkle in his eye, always knowing he was thinking of a good joke or story or had something up his sleeve.
    My memories of being at your house always have his great energy and loud laughter in them. We always had so much fun at your table where Sam was always happy to join in and make all of us girls laugh. He loved to tease me and remind me of our party days.
    He will be missed greatly. I feel fortunate he was a part of my life. He was also the main reason I applied for my first teaching job in Merritt and I will always be thankful and remember him for giving me that push to connect with Mary and apply there. Thank you Sam. May you rest in peace.
    Karrie Hayher

  5. Wayne and Tracy Bernier says:

    So sad to hear of Sam’s passing, he was most definitely a great guy. We worked with Sam at Weyerhaeuser, Tracy worked with him in Stores from the early 1980’s up until his retirement. He was always a kind caring person with a great sense of humour. We would run into him at many different functions in town over the past years, it was always a great encounter. We will miss him for sure. Our deepest condolences to his family, whom he did hold in the highest regards always!!

  6. Brady Conroy says:

    Condolences to the Potter family, sorry for your loss.

    Archie Conroy and I knew Sam when he worked at the Weyerhaeuser Pulpmill in the Stores/Receiving department. Sam was always kind, helpful, and had free advice.

    Brady Conroy

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