Samuel Weisberg

Samuel Gerald Weisberg

Thursday, September 28th, 1933 - Tuesday, December 17th, 2019
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Samuel G. Weisberg died on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 86 years old. He was a resident of Milford, NH, formerly of Dracut, MA. Born September 28, 1933, he was the son of Sadie (Goldman) Weisberg and Benjamin Weisberg.
Samuel attended Dracut schools and graduated from Dracut High School in 1950. He graduated from Boston University.
Samuel was employed at the Lowell Sun as a sports reporter for 60 years, starting in 1953 before fully retiring in 2013. He was a sports reporter and Sunday sports editor for about 40 years before becoming the Sun’s librarian. Sam specialized in covering high school football games in the local area and continued covering games well into his retirement. He was a renowned sports statistician for local football, baseball and basketball teams and originated lengthy local year end reviews for the Sun.
Sam covered hundreds of local high school football games: Lowell High, the great 1967 powerhouse, final years of Keith Academy, Mike Esposito’s Wilmington teams, many Dracut, Tyngsboro, Pelham, Greater Lowell Vocational and just about all other area schools to include semi pro Nor’easter games. Sam wrote a weekly sports column at the Sun called “The Lookout” and also a Sunday column on page three of the sports section.
His most memorable sports reporting was covering the world champion Boston Celtics during the Bill Russell – Bob Cousy “Golden Era” in the 1959-1960 years. Sam spent many fantastic nights in the Boston Garden press row, especially during the final rounds with the St. Louis Hawks and heated interviews in the Garden locker room. Also, memorable to Sam was his coverage of the nation’s number one college football team, the mighty undefeated Syracuse Orangemen’s 46-0 rout of Boston University on November 22, 1959.
Sam was also the auto racing editor at the Sun and wrote another weekly column “At the Wheel” for 17 years. He had numerous auto racing stories published in national racing papers and magazines. He was a member of several “Old Timers” racing clubs, was historian of the Dracut Speedway and a lifetime member of the Northeastern Midget Racing Association. He was a donator of the prestigious Johnny Thomson Memorial Trophy for 54 years and was the recipient of the first annual Jack Ratta Memorial Award for auto racing journalism, thus being inducted into to the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2005.
His hobbies included collecting auto racing and sports memorabilia, walking daily at the Dracut High School track as well as Dracut’s Veterans Memorial Park and later, on sidewalks and paths around the Milford, NH oval and Souhegan River trail. Samuel also enjoyed attending sporting events of his children and grandchildren.
Sammy” was a longtime baseball and softball player in Dracut Town Leagues, Greater Lowell Softball League and the Pawtucketville Social Club League. He was a co-founder and statistician for the Dracut Town Baseball League, original Dracut Softball League and the Lowell Sun softball team.
Sam was a published author of autobiographies of the late Dracut High Coach Ed Murphy and the late Lowell High football coach Ray Riddick. He helped edit the fantastic and well received book “Titus,” a biography of Lowell High football great Titus Plomaritis. Also, he wrote the chapter “History of Midget Auto Racing in New England,” which is featured in the book “A History of Auto Racing In New England.”
Sam was highly dedicated to his craft and support of local sports and auto racing and was elected to the Dracut High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986 and was the recipient of many sports and auto racing awards.

Sam was the brother of the late Isadore Weisberg of Dunstable, MA; the late Jack Weisberg of Port Charlotte, FL and the late May (Weisberg) Stonner of Manchester, NH.
He is survived by his son, David Weisberg and wife Jessica of Mont Vernon, NH; daughter Stephanie Sgroi and husband Jeff of Raleigh, NC, a granddaughter, Alexis Weisberg and a grandson, Jaxon Weisberg as well as many nieces and nephews.

SERVICES: A graveside service will be held Thursday, December 19th, 2019 at the Montefiore Cemetery, 46 Pulpit Rock Rd Pelham, N.H., at 9 a.m. Friends and family are invited to attend. Those who wish to make a donation in Samuel's loving memory, may do so to the Humane Society for Greater Nashua as Sam was an avid rescuer of cats. The DAVIS FUNERAL HOME, One Lock St., Nashua has been placed in charge of arrangements. “ONE MEMORY LIGHTS ANOTHER”.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Thursday, December 19th, 2019 | 9:00am
    Thursday, December 19th, 2019 9:00am
    Montefiore Cemetery
    46 Pulpit Rock Rd
    Pelham, NH
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  • Interment

    Thursday, December 19th, 2019 | 9:00am
    Thursday, December 19th, 2019 9:00am
    Montifiore Cemetery
    46 Pulpit Rock Road
    Pelham, New Hampshire
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


Donations are being accepted for: Humane Society for Greater Nashua.


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Linda Stonner

Posted at 03:21pm
Be assured that we hold you in our hearts and prayers during your time of loss. We have been with you in spirit the last couple days. Love, Tom & Linda

Chaz Scoggins

Posted at 01:13am
So sorry to hear of Sam's passing. I worked with Sam in the sports department at The Sun for many, many years, and he was instrumental in helping me learn the ins and outs of sports journalism. I always had the greatest respect and admiration for him.
Chaz Scoggins

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Posted at 08:21pm
Dear David and Family- We were very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Please accept our condolences. Our thoughts are with you.
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Rick McElhinney

Posted at 10:18am
Dave and Stephanie,
I am so saddened to hear of the passing of your dad. Your dad was an icon of Dracut athletics, especially football. I have several scrapbooks with dozens of article written by your dad about us (HS/PopWarner teams). He was our pressman on the sidelines everywhere we went. He went out of his way several time to bring me glossies taken at the games of me and my teammates. My son played through Dracut sports and I often told him stories about your dad and the coverage we "use to get" when he was around. Those were the golden years for sports coverage in the area and your dad was the catalyst. He was a such a kind man to me and my family. Thank you for sharing him with the me and the Merrimack Valley!!

Rick McElhinney

Anne Marie Fisher

Posted at 12:40am
My condolences to Sammy’s children and grandchildren. He was a special Uncle to me as he always remembered my birthday and special events in my life. We exchanged Christmas cards , which always included a hand written letter about what was going on in his life and his children. He was so proud of them and his grandchildren. He was in the midst of writing a family history and shared with me it would be completed in 2020. He will truly be missed by his loving family.
Anne Marie Fisher

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