Sam Sparhawk III

November 25, 2021


Sam Sparhawk, III
Colchester, VT  

Sam Sparhawk, III, 92, of Colchester, VT, passed away peacefully at his home on November 25, 2021.
Born in Burlington, VT, to Dr. Sam Sparhawk, Jr. and Mary (Purington) Sparhawk, Sam graduated from Burlington High School and Dartmouth College, and also attended Law School at the University of Pennsylvania after a tour of duty with the US Army in the Korean War. 
Sam had a long and distinguished career in the investment business- first in the equity research department at Girard Bank in Philadelphia, PA (later acquired by Mellon Bank) and subsequently as a personal investment adviser at several Philadelphia firms, including W.H. Newbold’s Son & Co., US Trust Company and Radnor Capital Management.   He loved helping families with their investment goals and planning for their future and continued to work in the business up until his death.

While participating in a training program at Girard Bank, Sam met and fell in love with Wilma Pencek-one of his trainers.  They married and would spend 60 years together, raising 3 children and helping with seven grandchildren.   Wilma preceded Sam in death in 2018.  Their time together involved many events and celebrations with extended family.  Their favorite locations were Ocean City, New Jersey, The Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, and of course Colchester, VT on Mallets Bay.
Sam was an avid sailor and taught numerous family members the skills of sailing. Many friends and family members got to experience the joy of sailing on Lake Champlain on his sloop Breezin’.  The Lake and Mallets Bay were truly his happy places and where he liked to spend his time.

Sam was a loving husband and father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  He was also a trusted friend and counselor and touched so many people in that capacity.  He felt his life was truly blessed and wanted to share that with others. Sam had a 35-year affiliation with Alcoholics Anonymous, and he served many times as a sponsor to others on the path to recovery. In 2018, he received The Honorable Thomas M. Crowley Annual Award from the Turning Point Center of Chittenden County.

Sam is survived by his sister Mary Frances (Sparhawk) Graham, daughter Jill (William) Scott, and sons Sam (Barbara) Sparhawk, IV and Jeff (Sue) Sparhawk.  Sam’s grandchildren include Kelly (Michael) Spiegel, Sam (Victoria) Sparhawk, V, Kristen Sparhawk, Stefani Mortimer, Justin Sparhawk, Margaret Scott and Annabel Scott and great granddaughter Riley Spiegel, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and cousins whose lives he touched.

Sam’s family warmly acknowledges the devoted care Cathy Gidney provided to both Sam and Wilma in their final years.

The family is planning a celebration of life event at a later date where all can gather and remember good times with both Sam and Wilma- he would not want it any other way…. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in Sam’s honor to:
The Lake Champlain Committee, 208 Flynn Avenue Building #3, Studio 3F. Burlington, VT 05401

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