samuel love, jr.
Samuel A. Love, Jr., a longtime WV public servant passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. He was 75 years old. Sam was born on July 24, 1945, in Morgantown, WV, the firstborn child to Samuel A. and Bertha Ivill Love, Sr. Sam grew up in Weirton and graduated from Weir High School in 1963. He married a 1964 graduate of Weir High, Cynthia Kay Eureka on June 20, 1965. Together they were blessed with two sons, a daughter, and two grandchildren. Sam retired with over 30 years with Weirton Steel, where he was an electrician in the tin mill. He also served in the Oakland Fire Department from 1974 until 1982, where he was fire chief. Sam’s involvement with the fire department led him to the West Virginia House of Delegates. He served the WV 1st District from 1983-1996 and was instrumental in funding for our area with the fire departments and Mountaineer Park. From 1996 until 2000 he served Hancock County as the county assessor. Sam also was a lobbyist and the owner of A1 Bail Bonding. Strong-willed, determined, fun-loving, and cheerful, Sam loved to spend time with his family and cherished the times he spent at his cabin in Pennsboro, WV. In addition to his parents, Sam was preceded in death by his wife, Cynthia Kay Eureka Love on July 10, 2016, and his son-in-law, Phillip Richmond on May 12, 2017. He is survived by his two sons, Steve and Robert Love; his daughter, Wendy Richmond, his sisters, Sandra (William) Dines and Janice( James) Figolia; and his grandchildren, Tyler Richmond, and Samantha Love. Due to Covid 19, Sam’s family will have a private visitation at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home. He will be laid to rest at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. A celebration of Sam’s life will be celebrated this summer when hugs and stories can be shared. In the meantime, expressions of sympathy may be sent to the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV 26062. Share tributes and memories at 304 748 3219

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  1. Wendy I am so very sorry for your loss he always loved my pink tennis shoes and we always joke that he needed to buy me a pair of pink boots he will be greatly missed he was a wonderful man.

  2. Wow prayers going out for the family. Sam was a good guy and a friend. He is with Cindy now. God bless and all our sympathies..

  3. We are so sorry for your loss. Sam was a great delegate for the 1st. district, an excellent electronic repairman in the mill and was honest and reliable in all his other dealing with people and the public. Paul and Brawyn Vida.

  4. Wendy I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you and comfort you and your family during this time. God bless all of you and may he Rest In Peace. 🙏🏻✝️

  5. Sam has been good friend to both of us for over 50 years and will truly be missed. Gary and Judy Childers

  6. Sam was a great man and a wonderful friend. Honored to be able to reflect back on so many happy memories with him & the Love family. Condolences

  7. So sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. I had worked closely with Sam on The International Food Festival in Weirton and also when we lobbied the state legislature to get the Veterans Bridge completed. He was very committed in his work for our district and gave so much back to our communities. May he Rest In Peace. Keeping your family in my prayers. Angela Carpini Reinard

  8. As my cousin, he was always known as “Pidge” to me. He was fun loving and happy and great to be around. But since I haven’t been able to spend much time with him over the years, I was dismally unaware of his personal accomplishments. Having just reviewed the other postings by his friends, it is extremely obvious that he will be missed by all. The public that he served is the beneficiary of his many accomplishments. Rest in peace, Pidge.

  9. Sam was my neighbor always there to help out his neighbors. He’s a great man and will be missed. Sending prayers to his family!!

  10. always enjoyed all the time we all spent with the ODVFD through the years. really great guy. will be sorely missed. love and prayers to the family

  11. Sending my sympathy, love and prayers out to Pidge’s family at this time of sorrow. I’m so sorry for your loss. He will be missed.

  12. Sending our thoughts and prayers to the Love family. Sam has been a long time friend and was an awesome man. We have many fond memories of Sam that we will cherish forever. Craig and Anne Childers

  13. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Love family. So sorry for your loss. Scott and Erica Hammond and family

  14. Dearest Janice and Sandy, my deepest condolences. Pidge was a great gentleman and funny like your Dad. I am sure he will be very dearly missed by all. Love, Karen

  15. I didn’t know him personally, but I knew his parents very well! They were wonderful people and spoke of him often. I felt like I knew him.
    Prayers to the family.

  16. Sam was a wonderful soul! I am deeply saddend to hear he passed. Sending many prayers and condolences to the Love family.

  17. So sorry, Sam and I were friends – I worked for Finley Fire Equipment for over 36 years and was fire chief at Nutter Fort for over 20 years and got to know Sam. I am so sorry and will truly miss him.

  18. It was a privilege to know Sam. He helped me and my brother-in-law Steve McCloy several times. Always knew if the gate was open, Sam would be there.

  19. Our condolences to the Love family. Sam was a wonderful person and will be missed. The Rees family & friends from the Old Crow camp.

  20. I have known Sam most of my life through the fire service . Always happy, helpful, a good man. Prayers for the family. R.I.P. Sam we’ll take it from here.

  21. Sorry to hear of the passing of your brother. May he RIP and sending healing and caring thoughts to you and your family.

  22. Sorry to hear Sam passed away a year ago right after my husband. Sam was a great friend for years to me. He was a very good guy. Sending my condolences. ❤️ 🌹

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