Published in The Star-Ledger on Sep. 17, 2019.
Samuel Ewing Hill "Sam" France
Samuel E.H. France, Verona councilman, church volunteer, West
Samuel "Sam" Ewing Hill France, 94, of Brick, N.J., passed away
on Sept. 7, 2019.
Sam was born on Aug. 22, 1925, at Ft. Totten, N.Y., the son of Col.
Ewing Hill France and Helen McKean France. Growing up on
various Army posts, Sam graduated from Woodrow Wilson High
School (1944) in Washington, D.C., and West Point Military Academy, Class of 1946.
Disappointingly, Sam did not receive a commission, but was honorably discharged due to a
Sam is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Ethel (nee Albertson); his children and their
spouses, Bill and Debby France, Sandy and Ken Underwood, Susan and Chris Nicholl, and
Ann France and John Wolosz. He was blessed with six grandchildren, and four great
Sam and Ethel lived 48 years in Verona, N.J., where Sam was a councilman for 12 years, and
afterwards on the Board of Health. He was active in his local Episcopal Church serving as a
member of the vestry, and as junior and senior warden.
Sam worked in the HVAC industry, earning his professional engineer license in 1983, and
retiring in 1993 as assistant vice president of sales and director of the Energy Conservation
Division, for EI Associates. In retirement, Sam served as a volunteer driver for senior citizens
in Verona. In 2004, he and Ethel moved to Brick, to be closer to their daughter, Sandy.
Although he regretted not being able to serve his country, he was pleased that he could serve
his community and church. He was devoted to his wife, Ethel, his family, his alma mater, and
very much enjoyed serving both his West Point class and the academy as the 1946 class
He will be buried at West Point in a private ceremony.