Samplonius, Sipke “Sydney”

October 5, 1950 – June 20, 2020
at the age of 69 years:

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Sydney (Sipke) Samplonius on June 20, 2020 in Kamloops, B.C.

Sydney was born in Sneek, Netherlands on October 5, 1950 and immigrated with his family to Canada where they eventually settled on Sumas Prairie near Abbotsford, B.C.
After marrying his wife Mary in 1977, adventures led them to the Douglas Lake/Merritt and finally the Enderby Area where they spent the remaining years of their lives. 
Sydney was predeceased by Mary, his parents Hendrik & Baukje Samplonius and his brother Gerald.
He leaves behind his daughter Sabrina (Darrell), grandkids Erika, Brayden & Adam, brothers Homer, Fred, John, Bill and their families, sister Tina and family, stepdaughter Tracy and family, many relations in the Netherlands, and many dear friends from the Enderby, Grindrod and Salmon Arm area.
Due to COVID-19 there will be no service, however, a memorial gathering will occur at a later date as deemed appropriate.
“I am not frightened of dying
Any time will do, I don’t mind
Why should I be frightened of dying?
There’s no reason for it, you’ve gotta go sometime” – Pink Floyd “The Great Gig in the Sky”


  1. My condolences to Sabrina and your family with the passing with of your Dad and grandpa.
    You are in my thoughts and hope that you may find peace, that passes all understanding.
    Aunt Dorothy

  2. Dear Sabrina, I am so sorry for you , Adam, Darrell, Brayden, and Erika! We had some great times with Mom anDad which we will cherish! You are and have been a wonderful daughter! It is still hard to believe! Take care of you, take time for yourself❤️ Love you and like your Mom and Dad, proud of you! ❤️ R.I.P. Syd!

  3. A life well lived and well loved is a wonderful life indeed.
    Uncle Sydney & Aunt Mary were the perfect soulmates that gave hope that a wonderful life could truly exist.
    I ALWAYS felt at home and loved unconditionally any time spent under their roof. I am happy that they are reunited, but my heart aches for the sadness the whole family is feeling.
    Big hugs cousin

  4. Dear Sabrina and family .

    Our condoleances , never forget your Heit and Mem . We had great visits with them .

    Gerard and Ypie .

  5. Dear Sabrina and family. So sorry to hear of Syds passing. Will miss him. Best neighbors ever. Take some comfort in knowing that Syd and Mary will be together again in heaven. Hugs to you all. R.I.P. Syd

  6. So sorry for your loss. We will miss Sydney for the many visits we had and for his tractor driving skills when we harvest our garlic. He had a great sense of humour and lots of stories. Herb and Karen

  7. Sabrina and family,
    I am sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad/Grampa.
    Prayers for strength, peace, and comfort for you and your family during this difficult time.

  8. So many memories, so many laughs.

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