Samuel Louis Longtine

SKANDIA, Mich. – Samuel Louis Longtine, age 56, of Skandia, passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

Sam was born in Marquette on July 17, 1956, a son of Louis and Betty (Trevillion) Longtine. A 1975 graduate of the Gwinn High School, he was a lifelong West Branch Township resident. Sam enrolled in the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsworkers apprenticeship program, later joining the Laborers Union where he worked for several contractors, most recently Closner Construction.

Sam loved the outdoors, especially gardening, enjoyed woodworking, and took special pride in his restoration of a 1956 Allis-Chalmers tractor. His special, beloved project with his grandson, Jacob. Throughout the years, Sam was very supportive of the union, having membership in Laborers Local 1329 and previously Bricklayers Union Local 9. Sam possessed an honest, hardworking nature, but those who knew him, knew his excellent sense of humor and love of practical jokes and pranks.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Brenda (Barnett) Longtine; daughter, Cora Lee Longtine of Negaunee; son, Andrew Louis Longtine of Skandia; grandson, Jacob Samuel Bossom of Negaunee; three sisters, Mary Gail (John) Grace of Hopewell, Pa., Paulette (Pete) Farmer of Ishpeming, and Laurie (Fred) Beauchamp of Skandia; his brother, Louie (Kathy) Longtine of Skandia; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and his canine companion, Toby. Sam was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call at the Fassbender Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 26, from 4:00 p.m. until the time of service at 6:00 p.m. The Rev. Leon Jarvis will preside and interment will be made in the West Branch Township Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to U.P. Honor Flight.

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