Samuel Fuller, Jr.
February 25, 1929 - February 22, 2022
Sam was born and raised in East Bridgewater, MA. He grew up in a large
colonial home with lots of extended family and enjoyed living in the
country with many pets including a horse. He had many happy oceanfront
summer memories at the family cottage in Rocky Nook, Kingston, MA.
Sam was a direct descendant of Dr. Samuel Fuller of Plimoth Plantation
and the Mayflower.
In the 1940’s his father’s job was relocated to Oak Ridge, Tennessee and
the family spent two years in the south where he ran track in high school.
They eventually returned to East Bridgewater, and Sam graduated from
East Bridgewater High School and Wentworth Technical College.
Sam served his country during the Korean war, where he was stationed in
Germany. When he returned home he married his sweetheart Dorothy
Anne Snell in 1953. Sam and Dorothy lived in Brockton, MA, for the first
years of their marriage and then bought a home in Billerica, MA, where
they lived for over 50 years and raised their sons Brian and Bruce.
Sam was employed at Textron Inc. in Wilmington, MA for 29 years. During
his employment at Textron he was involved with working on government
testing that he couldn’t discuss. Years later he did however admit that he
worked on the heat shield used on the Apollo 13 mission for NASA in
1970. When the Astronauts encountered mechanical problems during
re-entry the heat shield was vital to their protection and ultimately saved
Sam was a self taught artist and began painting in his 40’s for relaxation.
He painted for friends and family and did some commission work. He
showed his paintings in art shows in Lexington and in Maine. When Sam
was in his late 80’s one of his lifelong dreams was fulfilled when he was
able to have a show with the complete collection of his work. His entire
family and many friends were able to attend.
Sam loved his sons and when his two granddaughters came along his
heart was full. He was an exceptional grandfather to them and later to his
two great grandsons. Yearly trips to Cape Cod and Maine were highlights
for Sam as he had his entire family together. He always said he wanted to
buy a big family compound so we could all be together all the time.
Sam was the son of the late Samuel Fuller Sr. and the late Marion (Todd)
Fuller. He was predeceased by his sisters Mrs. Russell (Eleanor) Howard
and Mrs. Charles (Lorraine) Ingalls, and his brother in-law and best friend
Sam was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Dorothy. He also leaves
behind his sons, Brian S. Fuller and his partner Carrie Bickford of
Rockland, ME and Bruce J. and his wife Pat Fuller of Newfields, NH
His Granddaughters, Harmony Fuller and her son Maddox Young of
Rockland, ME and Sally Fuller and her partner Josh Curtis and their Sam
of Spruce Head, ME, and many nieces and nephews.
Sam was a devoted and patient husband and a loving and caring father
The legacy of a man isn’t measured by what he has done, but by how
much he is loved. Everybody loved Sam, he made people smile and was
kind hearted. He seemed to pick up friends everywhere he went.
He will be missed.
Funeral will be at Burns Funeral Home, 354 Boston Rd. Billerica, MA on Monday, February 28, 2022 at 11:00am. Interment at Fox Hill Cemetery. Relatives and friends invited