"The Bible promises, there-will-be-NO-computers-in-heaven," (Revelation 21:4) Mark A. Sam repeatedly tagged this quote to his emails. The beautiful Mark A. Sam was born September 26, 1951, the son of Jean Sam and the late Norman A. Sam. Mark A. Sam left this life journey 62 years later, on September 26, 2013, unexpectedly at the farm.
The beautiful Mark shared his love through his calming, witty personality. Mark connected with the world with a nod and a soft smile. On the other side, he would be very strong willed when it came to his faith with the words of God. Mark Allen, a few called him, was a Christian, born again of the spirit of God.
Some will remember Mark as the man with the Popcorn Ministry, with free fresh popcorn and Bibles at the Fredonia Farmers Market and church/college events. The Bibles were for kids and adults, written in English, Spanish and Chinese. Need a Bible in a special language? See Mark. He would find that special Bible and deliver it to you, free. Others will remember Mark from his early childhood working on the family produce farm. He completed his degree at Alfred State in 1976. After college, Mark A. Sam continued to progress at A. Sam & Sons as the farm manager and produce buyer. Mark's career path took a shift when he began dispatching for Andinco Transportation. With one more final career shift, Mark, due to his creative talent, knowledge and integrity, began developing custom software for an elite circle. Children will remember him as Cool Mark or Cool Uncle Mark.
During beautiful Mark's life journey he found peace in the Christian Faith. He shifted his creativity to writing hymns which were performed by up-and-coming musicians from China. Mark was very fond of the First Baptist Church, in Dunkirk, where he found his home.
Beautiful Mark will be deeply missed by his mother, Jean Sam; sisters, Kathy Sam and Valerie Sam; and brothers, Richard Sam and Norman Sam. In addition, Mark has planted beautiful, deep memories with his Church Family, Writer Family, Musician Family, Computer Family, Produce-Farm Family, Learning-To-Drive Family, and The-World-According-To-Mark-Family.
The family will greet friends and families Saturday October 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. John the Baptist (Episcopal) Church, 14 W. Fourth St., Dunkirk, NY, where a celebration of the life of Mark A. Sam will follow at 1 p.m. Officiating will be the Reverends Helen Sam, Albert Sam, and Yvonne Francher. Reverend Robert Gage, from the First Baptist Church, will also be participating. Family and friends are invited after mass to gather at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Parish Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 876 Central Ave., Dunkirk, NY 14048; St. John the Baptist (Episcopal) Church, 14 West Fourth St., Dunkirk, NY, or the Dunkirk Free Library, 536 Central Ave., Dunkirk, NY.
McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home.