Samuel F. Mattson

November 11, 1948 - January 16, 2021 Kennett Square, PA | Age 72

Sam, age 72, peacefully passed on January 16, 2021 at Sanatoga Nursing Home after a lengthy illness. Sam was the beloved son of the late Fred Mattson and Sara J. Mattson. Sam was born in West Chester, PA and spent his life in Kennett Square, PA. He was a 1966 graduate of Kennett High School. He was a longtime member of the Kennett YMCA and enjoyed going there each day to see his many friends. Sam was most proud of his service as a combat medic in the Vietnam War where he was awarded a Purple Heart Medal. He also loved to talk about his job with Delta Airlines, where he also had many friends. Sam spent many hours in service to military veterans, and will be missed by all.

There will be a visitation at Kuzo Funeral Home at 250 W. State Street. Kennett Square from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday January 21, 2021 followed by mass at 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church at 212 Meredith Street, Kennett Square. Burial will be at St. Patrick Cemetery following the mass. In lieu of flowers, donations in Sam’s name should be made to either, the YMCA of Greater Brandywine, 101 Race Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348 or the Disabled American Veterans, of Cold Spring, Kentucky, mailing address: P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. Arrangements by the Kuzo Funeral Home, Kennett Square. Please view his online memorial by going to


Funeral Mass

January 21, 2021 11 AM St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church
212 Meredith Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348


  1. Sam was a friend from the 5th grade at St. Patricks through High School. We reconnected after I completed college but it was evident he was having issues. He never spoke of bad experiences in the service and do not remember if he told me of being in Vietnam. I feel terrible for being totally ignorant of PTSD at that time and did not recognize the symptoms. I wish I could tell him how sorry I am for not being able to help at that time.

    Michael Censurato | May 3, 2021 at 2:59 PM
  2. Sam and I were I friends and classmates. We were both drafted and went to Ft Bragg and went through basic training together. It was great to see him at our class reunion and catch up on the past and what experiences we shared in the service and what paths our lives had taken. Sam was good guy and those who were lucky enough to know him were better for that opportunity and his friendship.

    Ken Webb | January 26, 2021 at 9:37 AM
  3. Sam was a classmate of the Kennett Class of 1966. He was a very humble and kind person. Anyone who knew Sam was well aware of the effect that the Vietnam War had on him. He was very passionate about wanting us to know the lasting effect that war had on many of us who lived thru that era. He will be missed by many and the Class of “66” will remember him always. RIP Sam
    Tom Brown – President of Class of “66”
    Marlene Brown

    Tom Brown | January 19, 2021 at 5:37 PM
  4. Sammy was my classmate from St. Pat’s through KHS class of ‘66. We had a lot of good times & it was great celebrating with him at our 50th! RIP, Sammy.

    Loretta Taylor | January 19, 2021 at 5:21 PM
  5. I will miss seeing Sam everyday at the Kennett YMCA. He would always say hello and ask how we were doing. Sam was so kind to all of the employees at the YMCA. Sam would always drop off candy to the front desk to share with all of the employees. One Valentine’s Day Sam was walking out and noticed we did not have any flowers at the front desk for Valentine’s Day and within an hour there was a beautiful Valentine’s Day arrangement and candy for the employees to enjoy. Sam was always thinking of others.

    Gail Green | January 19, 2021 at 10:21 AM
  6. I will truly miss Sam and his caring nature. He was a kind and dedicated man who loved his country and fellow man. I appreciate his service for our freedom! RIP❤️
    In sympathy,

    Linda Freehart | January 18, 2021 at 6:57 PM

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