James Samson

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James Samson at the Les Quennevais races with his son Adolphus

Evening Post 6 March 1928

We regret to have to chronicle the death, which occurred early this morning, of Mr James A Samson, the well-known oil merchant, at his residence, 30 Bath Street, after a protracted illness. The deceased, who was in his 74th year, was one of the oldest established business men in this town, his success being due to his personal and strict attention at all times.

The late Mr. Samson, who was of a gentle disposition, took an active interest in local horse racing, and was for many years official starter at the various race meetings at Gorey, Les Landes, and more recently at meetings held under the auspices of the Jersey Race Club at Les Quennevais, a position which he had to relinquish when his health gave way.

He was at one time a Centenier of St Helier, and for some years past had filled the office of Roads Inspector for the Vingtaine de la Ville.

He was also a prominent Freemason and was a Past Master of the Duke of Normandy Lodge.

Last year he underwent a serious operation, but never regained sufficient strength to undergo a second. He took to his bed on Saturday week and grew gradually weaker since then.

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