"Sammy" David's Story
"Sammy" David Arthur LaMar, 66, of the Fox Farm Road, Peru, died unexpectedly, Saturday, May 13, 2017, at his home.
Sam was born in Plattsburgh, June 15, 1950, the son of Arthur and Mildred LaMar. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Peru High School in 1969. He later received an Electrical Diploma from CV-Tec in Plattsburgh.
His electrical career started with employment at Rascoe Bros., followed by Courneene Electric in Plattsburgh where he was employed for many years. He later transferred to Plattsburgh State University where he served as an electrician until retiring in 2013.
Sam was a popular and well loved man. In his early years he enjoyed little more than a good weekend of hunting, a fun day fishing, or just spending time at his camp with family and friends. Sam was also a very skilled welder and carpenter. He took the utmost pride in his log cabin that he built in 1977 and many homemade wood stoves and trailers that were made over the years for friends and family. He was also an avid motorcycle rider, and was very proud of his 1980 FLH Shovelhead Harley Davidson. He loved nothing more than to have friends and family over to the garage for drinks and a good laugh, and a night of memories made.
In June of 2011, he was married to Penni Smith at her parent's home in Plattsburgh. The two of them enjoyed spending time at the American Legion Post 1619 in West Plattsburgh, which he was an active member of the Sons of the American Legion.
Left to cherish the memory of Sam are, his wife of six years, Penni Smith-LaMar; daughter, Jennifer LaMar Galarneau and companion, David Amell of Saranac; daughter, Jessica "Bugger" LaMar Gregg and fiance, Jake Branham of Plattsburgh; two grandchildren, John Galarneau V, and Samantha Gregg; sister, Joyce LaMar Huntley of Cadyville; mother-in-law, Sandra J. Smith of Plattsburgh; stepson, Alexander Brown of Texas; brother-in-law, Trey Smith and his wife, Sonya of Webster; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to his parents, Sam was predeceased by grandparents, Ida and Abraham LaMar, and Albina and Thomas Vann; and son-in-law, John J. Galarneau IV.
Relatives and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. A celebration of his life will be held Thursday, May 18, beginning at 4 p.m. at the West Plattsburgh American Legion Post 1619.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Sons of the American Legion Post 1619, 219 Rand Hill Rd, Morrisonville, NY 12962.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055. To offer an online condolence, share a symbolic gesture, or share a photo in memory of Sam LaMar please visit www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com
Published on May 15, 2017