Obituary: William Nason Sammis
William Nason “Bill” Sammis, 83, passed away July 29 in Pocasset, Massachusetts.
Bill was born in 1930 at Stamford Hospital, the son of Grant Sammis and Edith Nason Sammis. He resided in Darien through college and Simsbury in the early years of his insurance career eventually returning to Darien to raise his children, Bruce and Laura.
He attended Holmes Elementary School, graduating from Darien High School, Class of ‘49 where he excelled at football as a star quarterback. He was also basketball point guard and baseball pitcher known to his friends as “Skip.” He served in the U.S. Army as a corporal during the Korean War, stationed in Germany running a special sports program under the direction of a top general for his fellow soldiers. Upon discharge, he entered the Trinity Pauling School post-graduate program and went on to four years at Hobart College, Geneva, NY graduating with the class of ‘56 where he was also a star quarterback. He started his insurance career with Travelers Insurance in Hartford.
After 18 years at Travelers, he was offered a position at Johnson & Higgins in New York City. The last years of his career were with Johnson & Higgins and the joint venture known as J&H/KVI, Inc. as a senior vice president. His expertise was group employee benefits and some of his more notable accounts were with Bell South, TWA and IBM. Bill remained an active consultant to the firm to 74 years old relied upon as a skilled deal closer. Bill was a very accomplished golfer and belonged to Aspetuck Valley Country Club in Weston and more recently The Landings at Skidaway Island, Savannah, GA and The Pocasett Golf Club on Cape Cod.
Bill is survived by his wife of 18 years, Judith Kane Redmond Sammis, his former wife Pauline “Polly” Anderson Sammis, Bradenton, FLA, his two children: Bruce Anderson Sammis of Dallas, TX, his wife Sarah Spencer Sammis, three granddaughters, Perri Sammis Brighiu and her husband Emanuel, Paige Anderson Sammis and Parker Nason Sammis; his daughter Laura Sammis Pearce of Atlanta, GA, her husband Thomas McCallum Pearce, Jr., his granddaughter Anderson McGuire Pearce and grandson Thomas McCallum Pearce III. Bill is also survived by his four step-children, Paul J. Redmond Jr. of Atkinson, NH, Kelly Redmond of Arlington, MA, Maura Redmond of Lexington, MA and Meaghan Redmond Winokur, her husband James of Wayland, MA and two step granddaughters, Laine Winokur and Alicia Winokur.
A memorial service will be held at Story Chapel at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA on Saturday August 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM.