Sami Kulla, 86, of Watertown: Co-Owner of Bill & Sam’s Diner

One of the founders of Albanian American Muslim Community, in Waterbury

Sami Kulla, 86, of Watertown, was reunited with his wife in heaven on the morning of Saturday, September 7, 2019, at St. Mary’s Hospital surrounded by his loving family.  Sami was the husband of the late Ikbal (Kiazim) Kulla who passed in February of this year.

Sami was born in Zemblak, Albania on March 15, 1933, son of the late Belul and Fatime (Bablusha) Kulla.  Sami fled Albania in 1951 and after spent three years in a refugee camp in Greece, also living in France and Switzerland.  He then settled in Canada in 1955 with his cousins where he opened his first restaurant, “Miss Diana”, and operated it until 1969, when he then moved to Waterbury to join his late brother Muhamer Kulla.

In 1970,  he opened Bill & Sam’s Diner in Wolcott until his retirement in 2010.  Throughout his life, Sami has been a very active participant in the Albanian-American Community together with his late wife Ikbal.  He was passionate about where he came from and took great pride in his heritage.  Sami’s generosity showed no bounds.Sami leaves behind to cherish his memory his son, Agim Kulla and his wife Myzen, his three granddaughters, Jetona Bardhollari and her husband Rudi, Sheriban Kulla and Lindita Kulla, all whom which he lived with in Watertown.  He also leaves behind his brothers, Neshet Kulla and his wife Nezaqet of Watertown, Vedat Kulla and his wife Vera of Middlebury and his sister-in-law, Paula Kulla of Waterbury.  He also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  He was predeceased by his brother, Muhamer “Mike” Kulla and his sister, Mukdes Hana and her husband Ramiz.

Sami’s family would like to thank the staff of St. Mary’s Hospital ICU department for all the compassionate care they showed to him.

Arrangements:  A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. at Chase Parkway Memorial, The Albini Family Funeral Home, 430 Chase Parkway, Waterbury.  Burial will follow at New Pine Grove Cemetery in Waterbury.  Calling hours will be held Monday evening from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.