CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Reid Michael Sampson, 19, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C.
He was born Oct. 18, 1994, in Columbus. Reid grew up in Columbus with his parents, Ken and Cheryl, and sister, Amelia Sampson. The family recently relocated to Charlotte.
''A loving son and an intensely loyal brother and friend, Reid possessed an easygoing demeanor and a sweet, infectious smile.'' It is said that "Reid loved what he loved."
A passionate Columbus Blue Jackets hockey fan, he played hockey all through his childhood. He played at Worthington Kilbourne High School and worked as a youth hockey coach.
He adored his yellow Labs and had a profound connection with dogs.
Reid's red Ford pickup truck and his motorcycle were prized possessions. His love of boating, Jeff Gordon, NASCAR and car shows fueled his affinity for things that move.
He traveled to Europe twice, and those closest to him enjoyed his robust sense of adventure.
But it was spending time with friends and his dearly-loved family that meant the most to this charming young man. He will be forever in the hearts of those who knew him.
Reid is survived by parents, Kenneth Michael and Cheryl Coblentz Sampson; sister, Amelia Claire, all of Charlotte; grandparents, David Coblentz and Edith Sampson; aunts and uncles, Tom and Toni Sampson, Randy and Lynette Sampson, Joe Sampson and Debbie Hatfield; cousins, Dalton Hatfield, Isabella Olvera, Mike, Nathan and Leah Sampson and Greg Bollinger.
Reid was preceded in death by his grandparents, Edward Sampson and Betty Coblentz.
A celebration of Reid's life will be held 4 p.m. Friday at Worthington Presbyterian Church in Columbus. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Reid's memory to Columbus Bluejackets Foundation, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, OH 43215.