Samuel H. “Big Sam” Kingsborough, 71, of New Bloomfield, passed away peacefully at home on November 14, 2020. Born April 27, 1949 in Carlisle, he was the son of the late Ray and Anna (Wilson) Kingsborough of Loysville.
Sam is survived by his loving wife, Peg (Glassburn) Kingsborough. Sam and Peg have a lifelong love story as they met in the hospital on the day they were born — only 6 days apart. He always said he thought she was cute from the beginning. They went to grade school and high school together and split to attend separate colleges but stayed together through it all. They married several years after college and began the next 48 years of married life together.
In addition, he is survived by two daughters whom he was intensively protective and proud of: Annie Johnson (Justin) and Beth Kingsborough all from Mechanicsburg. He was known to attend their events, always with a camera in tow and throw the highest popper in New Bloomfield. But his single proudest moment was the birth of grandson and namesake, Calvin Samuel Johnson. Sam is also the younger brother of sisters: Elinor Chermela of NC and Sue Smithers (Wayne) of Harrisburg. Sam also has several nieces, nephews and Kissin’ Cousins whom he loved.
Sam earned his Bachelors degree from Penn State University and spent most of his career as a Social Worker at the Loysville Youth Development Center. After retiring, he spent his spare time working for Navtech and Curtis Ford both in New Bloomfield. He also was known for his entrepreneurial spirit as the owner of Uncle Sam’s Shooting Supplies in Shermans Dale.
He was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church in Elliottsburg, New Bloomfield Fire Company, and Perry County Archers.
Sam was known to be a kind and gentle man. He was jovial, patient, always had a smile on his face, and had a way of making others feel special, like they were the only people in the room. He could usually be found sitting on the porch waving to people driving by on Main Street. Being the best pancake flipper in Perry County on New Years Day was a title he took very seriously and loved serving his friends and family. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing, history and watching cartoons (“babysitting”) with Calvin. His presence will be sorely missed by all, but his memory will live on through his family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bloomfield Public Library, Messiah Lutheran Church or New Bloomfield Ambulance Association in the name of Samuel H. Kingsborough.
A private family service will be held and a public memorial service for Sam will be announced by the family at a later date.
The Boyer Family Funeral Home is honored to handle the arrangements for the Kingsborough Family.