SUFFIELD, CT, U.S.A.
CONNECTICUT ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
12/08/2011, FORT BENNING, GA, U.S.A.
PVT Sammuel M. Mercouriou a member of the Connecticut Army National Guard died unexpectedly on Thursday, December 8, 2011, at Fort Benning, GA during a rifle range training exercise. Sam was 18 years old.
Sam was born June 17, 1993 in Middletown, CT. He attended schools locally in East Windsor before moving to Suffield and graduating from Suffield High School Class of 2011. Shortly after high school Sam enlisted in the Connecticut Army National Guard. Sam planned to go on to college to become an English teacher, but his true ambition was to become a writer.
Sam was such a voracious reader who also enjoyed writing and in high school took four years of Latin to better himself as a writer. He enjoyed Magic: The Gathering and participated in several tournaments, but most of all Sam loved the time he spent camping and fishing with his family.
Sam is survived by his mother, Jody (Taylor) Hunt and her husband, David; his father, Savvas Mercouriou; his two sisters Kelly Munroe and her husband Geoffrey, and Shannon Todaro and her husband John. Also surviving are his maternal grandparents Joseph and Jacqueline Taylor; his paternal grandmother Irene Mercouriou, an uncle Jim Taylor and his wife Susie, an aunt, Dimitria Morra; many cousins and friends; his former Latin Teacher Gail Katz; and his four legged buddies Stella and Ray.