Dr. Ursula Sampath

March 23, 2022


Dr. Ursula Sampath

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother and grandmother Ursula Sampath.

Predeceased by her eldest son Niels, she leaves to mourn her husband of 63 years, Hugh, her son Steven, grandson Ahren, brother Reinhard, daughters-in-law Rohini and Ying, and other loving family and friends.

Ursula was deeply kind, generous and affectionate, always putting others ahead of herself. A gifted academic who took a keen personal interest in her students, she was also a talented artist, baker and cook, and traveled many corners of the world. Above all, with her beautiful smile, she loved giving warm hospitality and care to family, friends, and strangers.

Her family is celebrating her life privately. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the World Wildlife Fund, or to a charity of your choice.



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Dear Hugh and family , our heartfelt condolences for the passing of Ursulla. A beautiful lady great wife mother friend and inspiration for all who had the opportunity to know her.
Remember great times with her and your family.
Love and regards..
Renu k Ahuja ,Hira Ahuja ,Sonya ,Shalini, Sangeeta and Savina.

Dear Hugh and family,
Hans and I were sorry to learn of Ursula’s passing. She was a treasured colleague in the German Department, who made a real difference in the lives and careers of many students. She was a bright light, whom we are glad to have known.

With deepest sympathy,
Hans and Marcella Rollmann

Annie & I send our sincere condolences to Hugh & the Sampath family on Ursula’s passing.

Dr Robert & Annie Kelly

To Hugh and family;
We are sad to hear of the passing of your beloved Ursula. Please accept our heart-felt condolences. She was a beautiful, genteel human being, loved by all whose lives were touched by her, especially her numerous students whom she taught and mentored at Memorial University. Our family loved and admired Ursula–wife, mother, friend , and scholar. Rest in peace and may”‘ fllights of angels sing thee to thy rest”.

On behalf of German Studies Canada, I would like to express my sincere condolences. Professor Sampath will be missed in the German Studies community in Canada. Please accept our deepest sympathies.
Professor Markus Stock
University of Toronto
President, German Studies Canada

Condolences to the family. Have fond memories of Dr Sampath during my days of studying German at MUN. She was an amazing professor and lady. May she Rest In Peace.

My sincere condolences to Dr. Ursula Sampath’s family. I have fond memories from my years at MUN. She was my Professor, mentor, M.A. Thesis Supervisor, colleague. After I left MUN, we stayed in contact over the years. Her smile and positivity will be missed. She cared very much about her students, the German Club, her family. She spoke of her family often, her travels. You and your family are in my thoughts during this time.
Herzliches Beileid. Ich bin tief betroffen und trauere still mit Ihnen.

To Dr Sampath, Steve and family, my sincere condolences on your loss. My undergrad memories of your home, your welcome, and Steve’s friendship are very fresh, all these many years later. To fond reflections are conjoined my prayers. Fair winds.

I am very sad to hear of Ursula’s death.She and I worked on committees in the Arts Faculty at Memorial.i could always rely on her sound judgement and gentle sense of humour.She will be dearly missed.
Annette Staveley

Sincere condolences to Hugh and the family.

My sincere condolences to Hugh and the family. Ursula was a colleague and friend of both my wife Betty and myself in the 70s and the 80s. A really nice and positive person.

My condolences to the Sampath family. I grew up knowing the entire family through both my father who was a colleague of Hugh’s and Neil’s who was great friends with my brothers. It’s been a rough year. Take care.

Dr. Hugh Sampath, I did not meet Ursula, but I was one of your patients for several years. Thinking of you and sending my condolences to you and your family.

Deepest sympathy to you all on Dr. Sampath’s passing. My parents (Basil and Marlene Hickey) on Sherwood Drive enjoyed dinner parties with Ursula. She had a vivacious personality and a love of life. Treasure your memories.

I studied German at MUN in the early 90’s and I remember Dr. Sampath as a warm, positive person and a great teacher. I recall the German Club being invited to her house for a potluck one time, too. She was very supportive of us students. My sincerest condolences to her family and friends.

So sorry to hear of Ursula’s passing. She was a wonderful person who had such an impact on so many lives. My late husband, Dr J. O. Buffinga, was a colleague of hers and he so treasured her friendship. My condolences to Hugh and family.

My sincere condolences. I joined the German program after Dr. Sampath’s retirement but her name was fondly remembered.

Dr. Sampath touched hundreds of lives with her combination of fun seriousness as a Professor at MUN. She took teaching seriously but she always knew how to involve her students in a community of common goals and interests. She had a kind heart and keen intellect and she stood out among MUN faculty for all the best reasons. She was much admired and appreciated. My condolences to her family…

I met Ursula through the Womens Aaociation at MUN. She was lovely, kind, and fun to talk with. My condolences to the family.

Dr. Sampath and Family,
I am so sorry for your Loss.
My sincere condolences to you all at this very sad time.

My sincere condolences to family and friends of Dr. Sampath. She was a wonderful professor and mentor.
I had the good fortune to meet with her again along another path. She was always lovely and encouraging.


Dear Hugh, Steven and family
Very saddened on the passing of Ursula. We had a friendship of 50 years. She was the Best friend of Barbara. She was a lovely lady. I remember the Birthday celebration yearly in March.. My deepest condolences for your loss.

Dearest Hugh and Steven I am so sorry to hear of Ursula’s passing. She was a wonderful neighbour and friend to all my family. I have such good memories of meals, the Chiquita banana stickers, and the attic train room. Many hours spent playing baseball in the yard and in later years bringing my own son to “the hundred acre woods” to see the fish pond. She was a kind and gentle lady..

I knew Niels for 53 years. I met Ursula when I was 8 years old. I remember her driving me home from school, bringing milk and cookies to Niels’s room when were studying his fish tanks, and her love for her beautiful family. She was such a cool mom! She will be missed by everyone who knew her.
To Hugh, Steven, Rohini and Ahren …. My thoughts are with you 🌈🆎❤️

Dear Hugh and Steven, I am so sorry to hear of your losses this year. I remember Ursula with fondness, and I remember Neils with love, though I know I disappointed him. With kindest regards to you both, Nicola Bessell

We wish to extend our condolences on the passing of Mrs.Sampath.Thinking of you at this sad time..Stevan fond memories of them when you and Barry where great friends…Sarah and George Chafe

Condolences to Auntie Ursula’s immediate family….A nice, enduring memory I have of her was when she calmed down a barking dog (‘Reds’) at home (La Romaine; in 1995) when nobody else there could do so…

Dear Steven and families.

We extend our deepest sympathies to you.
A memory of your mother, serving us boys her homemade cookies, as we sat around your kitchen table, discussing the little cubed containers of sands your family had collected from around the world.
A wonderful person who touched many lives.

Keith and Brianne Collins

Childhood ties reach me here today. Thinking of you and yours. So sorry for your losses. May the love you shared continue to be a gift in your lives.

My deepest sympathy to you and your family, Steven. Dr. Sampath taught me third year German, and she remains in my memory as one of my favourite profs at MUN. She was a very kind, thoughtful and caring teacher, a combination of qualities that helps make learning so much more pleasant.

Condolences to Steve, Dr. Sampath and family. Mrs. Sampath was a lively person, vibrant and the Center of he family’s life. She will be missed.