Sam John Cherchia was born to Antoinette and Sabatini Cherchia on January 7, 1934 in
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Seneca Falls, New York. He departed this life on December 17, 2018 with his family at his side
after a long illness. Sam graduated from Mynderse Academy in Seneca Falls and Syracuse
University with nursing and law degrees. He enjoyed following Orange athletics, cooking up
feasts for family gatherings, and making his opinions known to local government officials. He
was a homebody who loved his dogs, watching the wildlife around his home, and walks along
the Hudson River with his wife. Mostly though Sam reveled in hearing about the lives of his
sons, grandchildren, and his many nieces and nephews. Their stories, from the ordinary to the
extraordinary, were a never ending source of pride and joy for him. We will all miss him, even
the groundhog who dodged his pitchfork while plundering Sam’s garden.
Sam is survived by his loving wife Joyce (Smith) of 63 years, sons Jeffrey (Della) and Michael
(Lauren), adored grandchildren Jason, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Meryl, and Lynne, and his many
nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his siblings and their spouses,
Julia ( Rudy), Eleanor (John), and Angelo (Barbara) all of whom he loved dearly.
Services will be held at 11AM on December 27th at St. Patrick’s Church, 240 11th Street,
Verplanck, NY. A reception will follow at a local restaurant. Sam would have preferred to
prepare the meal for you himself; but the next best thing for him will be to know you are enjoying
good food and drink while sharing memories with his family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice. He would want you to
support a cause you care about.