Haverhill — William A. Samaha, 80, of Haverhill passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at Lawrence General Hospital.
He was born in Plymouth, NH on July 9, 1932, son of the late Abdelnour and Madeline Samaha.
William was a graduate of Plymouth High School and Worcester Academy then he attended Harvard University for a year before enlisting in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon returning from his service, William attended the University of Vermont. He began his career working for his father-in-law in the shoe industry at Arakelian Shoe in Haverhill, MA. He went on to become a highly respected executive in the footwear industry where he soon became an owner of Haverhill Industries. During the latter years of his career he continued on with Hub Fabric Leather Co. and then Emtex Global which specialized in US made materials used in combat boots for the US military. His career and life included extensive worldwide travel, in particular Germany and France, which he loved. He typically would bring his wife Margaret on these trips where they would then vacation in France during the summer. Growing up around the mountains of New Hampshire Bill became an avid fly fisherman and skier. He brought his two sons up trout fishing the pristine waters of places like Profile Lake and Mad River and skiing at Cannon Mountain, which they still do today.
William is survived by his wife of 51 years Margaret (Arakelian) Samaha, his two sons Peter W. Samaha and his fiancée Kristin Karampatsos of Haverhill, and Mark A. Samaha and his wife Susan of Haverhill, four grandchildren Jillian, Nicholas, Lauren and Christian Samaha, his sister Victoria Ames of Nashua, NH as well as several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Najla Lockhart and Emile Samaha.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the calling hours on Saturday, Jan. 19th from 2-4 pm at the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St. Haverhill. At the family’s request, funeral services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the ICU Dept at Lawrence General Hospital, One General St. Lawrence, MA 01841. Condolences to his family may be made at