Family and Descendants of


Samuel Joseph Ark(1944 -2012) and

Mary Patricia Paglia (Living)

Sam was born on Dec. 9, 1944 in Silver Creek to Samuel Jr. and Rose Marie (Gutillo) Ark. He graduated from Silver Creek High School in 1963 and from Delhi College of Technology with a Associate's degree in 1965. He continued his education at Bowling Green State University, earning a Bachelor's degree in accounting in 1967.

In 1967, Sam enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at the Whiteman Air Force Base, Sedalia, Mo. He achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant and was put on reserve status. He returned to Silver Creek in 1971. Sam then enrolled at the SUNY Buffalo Law School and graduated in 1974 with a Doctor of Juris Prudence degree. Sam was chief counsel for the New York Carrier Conference for 15 years. He started his private practice in 1989, maintaining it until 1999 when he decided to go into farming full time.

Sam's memberships included the Silver Creek Kiwanis, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, former member of the Cornell Board of Directors Cooperative Extension in Jamestown, and a committee member of the National Grape Cooperative, Westfield N.Y.

He enjoyed photography, architecture, listening to jazz, gardening and modern technology. To sum it up, Sam loved his family, friends and his farm!


Parents of Samuel Joseph Ark:

Samuel Ark

1922 - 2001

Rose Marie Gutillo

1924 - 2009


Children of Samuel Joseph Ark and Mary Patricia Paglia:

Adrienne Paglia Ark


Samuel Allen Ark





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