Samuel Bigelow Akin
Died: Dec 24, 2018
Akin
 Samuel Bigelow Akin, 64, Long Valley, NJ, suffered cardiac arrest and passed away on December 24, 2018.  Sam was born on January 27, 1954 in Alton, IL and settled on the East Coast after growing up near St. Louis, MO.  He worked as a welding teacher at Warren County VoTech High School and he enjoyed his students immensely.  Sam was known as a loving husband, a devoted father, and a generous soul to all who knew him.  As a life-long learner and doer he enjoyed growing Christmas trees at his farm, making elaborate wood and metal projects, reading on all subjects, and bringing kindness and warmth to the world around him.

 

Sam is survived by his wife Laurie, two sons Caleb (Rozann) and Josiah (Tara), four granddaughters, his parents Rev. Paul and Nancy Akin, three brothers, and many nephews and nieces. 

 

Services will be held on Thursday December 27, 2018 at 11:00am at Community Presbyterian Church in Chester, NJ.  The family will receive friends and share a light lunch at the Redwoods Grill and Bar, 459 Main Street, Chester, NJ from 12:30-3:00pm.

 

Contributions in memory of Sam may be made to the Long Valley Community Assistance Program, 39 Bartley Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853.

Arrangements are under the directions of the Cochran Funeral Home, Hackettstown,  NJ.  Donations may be made to the Warren County Technical School, 1500 Route 57 Washington, N.J. 07882.  

Condolences:

Frank Callaghan
#9
May 13th, 2019 11:13 am
I just heard from Jeff Miller that Sam passed away. Very sorry to hear of your loss. Sam, Jeff and I all worked together at AlliedSignal/Honeywell and were on the same team. When I started there, Sam helped get me settled and was very warm and welcoming, with a great sense of humor. Loved working with him - he will be missed, but not forgotten.
Josh Keith
#8
January 5th, 2019 4:36 pm
Mr Akin was a great guy and I'm never going to forget him. He was a good, patient teacher and man. He gave me second chances I didn't deserve just so I could learn my lesson and move on. If someone made a mistake, he would make sure they understood what they did wrong and have them fix it so they wouldn't make the same mistake again. He had a sense of humor too. We all miss him at tech.
William and Siobhan Kelly
#7
January 1st, 2019 3:38 pm
Dear Laurie, Caleb and Josiah, We learned today (New Years Day) of Sam's unexpected passing on Christmas Eve. We are so sorry. It was great to meet Sam in Chatham, NY earlier this year. What a great man and such good company. Please accept or sincere condolences. William and Siobhan Kelly and Family
Sherry Deiter
#6
December 27th, 2018 3:04 pm
We were devastated to hear about Sam. Both of my sons had him as their welding teacher. I will always remember looking for barn door hardware and Sam being so kind and inviting us over to see if he had any at his house. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. The Deiter Family
MacPherson Family
#5
December 27th, 2018 2:38 pm
Our condolences to you the entire Akin family! Mr. Akin was my sons Nolan and Waylon's, Welding teacher at Warren County Technical school. He was a true role model for these kids in that school. They all looked up to him, and followed his every directive. He knew when to instruct the kids and when it was time to give them a true "life lesson", cause he was preparing them all for what lies ahead of them. He was not only teaching these kids a career path, but preparing them for a life outside of school. Mr. Akin will truly be missed, but his legacy of his teachings live on in those students that passed through his classroom. Thank you Mr. Akin for all that you were and Rest in peace!
MacPherson Family
#4
December 27th, 2018 11:49 am
Our condolences to you the entire Akin family! Mr. Akin was my sons Nolan and Waylon's, Welding teacher at Warren County Technical school. He was a true role model for these kids in that school. They all looked up to him, and followed his every directive. He knew when to instruct the kids and when it was time to give them a true "life lesson", cause he was preparing them all for what lies ahead of them. He was not only teaching these kids a career path, but preparing them for a life outside of school. Mr. Akin will truly be missed, but his legacy of his teachings live on in those students that passed through his classroom. Thank you Mr. Akin for all that you were and Rest in peace!
Dennis MacPherson & Karen Kenney
#3
December 27th, 2018 10:23 am
Sending thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. Mr. Akin was more of a mentor and friend to his students, incredibly supportive and devoted to them all. We will always be grateful for guiding Nolan and Waylon. They will never forget the impact he made on them. May he rest in peace. Family of Nolan and Waylon MacPherson
Donna Guillemin
#2
December 27th, 2018 9:36 am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. So sad to hear about Sam. We didn't know him well but knew he was generous and a great man. Always, Scott, Donna & Molly & Family
Lisa Ramsey
#1
December 26th, 2018 3:23 pm
We are so sad to hear about Sam was always so nice to Jack and Connor when they stopped for a visit with my parents. Sam will be truly missed by us all. John, Lisa, Jack and Connor Ramsey
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