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Author Topic: Sammy has made his last bus ride.........  (Read 9478 times)
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« on: April 13, 2009, 03:00:00 PM »

I just received word that our fellow bus nut Sammy, passed away last Monday, due to a heart attack, caused by Leukemia.  The Leukemia was discovered only three weeks before his passing and had attacked his entire body.

Even thought I have never meet Sammy in person, I counted him as a friend.  I'm sure many of you will share that feeling.  When I had transmission problems in Gulfport, Ms. it was Sammy that spend many hours helping me on the phone and through email, trouble shooting my problem, for two months.  He would call to offer words of encouragement, just to keep me on track, to keep me going.

I was told there were two wakes for Sammy.  The first 200 people attended, the second 400.  It would appear that Sammy was very well thought of, not only on the board, but at home as well.  The funeral possession, had 49 cars, and one bus, as it should be.

I passed on condolences, to his wife, from the bus community, that we felt fortunate that Sammy spent so much of his time with us.

Sammy was a motor head, the same as I.  We sent car photos of his hot rod and my Stingray, car jokes, and other items of mutual interest back and forth.  He will be happy at the big garage in the sky, where there is a 427 big block and a bus both needing his attention.

God Speed My Friend,

Sad in Tampa Bay,

Bill

P.S  If anyone would like to share any good "Sammy" stories, I'm sure he would be okay with it.
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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2009, 03:24:03 PM »

A truly sad day for bus nuts indeed.  Sammy was always a big help to folks.  Always willing to look up information and share his expertise.  He will truly be missed.

He gave me lots of good advise and also the print manual for my bus for just the cost of postage.

My prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to his family.
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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2009, 03:27:32 PM »

He was a good guy and a frequent vistor to the chat room, we liked him, he'll be missed by all of us, we'll keep his family in o0ur prayers.
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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2009, 03:28:12 PM »

Sammy was a great friend and mentor to many of us. If we needed something we could always count on him to be the first one up to bat.

Fair Winds and Following Seas my friend.

Dallas

PS, I'm gonna let this ride here for a bit and then move it to the final arrival so he can be with Richard Bowyer and Craig Kerr
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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2009, 03:31:22 PM »

I am at a loss.........   Farewell my friend......

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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2009, 03:41:57 PM »

havent been on the board very long, but when i had any questions about my 5, he was there, my prayers are with the family, god has another great person
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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2009, 03:45:47 PM »

If you had a question and he could help he would

He will be missed

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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2009, 03:59:54 PM »

I didn't know him well....but that mattered not to him....help he would. God Bless Sammy and rest easy.
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« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2009, 04:21:02 PM »

What was Sammy's moniker on the board?
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« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2009, 04:44:06 PM »

What was Sammy's moniker on the board?
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It was simply "Sammy".
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« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2009, 05:11:22 PM »

He was a big help to me troubleshooting a transmission problem.  Even made up a connector for me and wouldn't let me pay him for it.

Sadly missed....
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« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2009, 05:44:18 PM »

Good nite and God Bless Sammy. M&C
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« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2009, 05:53:55 PM »

When I was an apprentice printer my boss would tell me of people "who forgot more than I would ever know". At the time it seemed like an absurd thing to say. But the more I learned the more I understood what he meant.

When it comes to buses, Sammy was "that guy".

Through this board he helped me numerous times with problems far beyond my ability.

He will be missed. God Bless Sammy and his family.

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« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2009, 06:13:06 PM »

This really comes as a shock as Sammy was very instrumental in helping to diagnose my electrical problem not far back! We had talked a few times and emailed as many. Sammy I know in my heart, would have helped anyone with anything just from the talks we had. He will be more than just missed on this board. It's times like these that you just sit and wonder why but only one knows the answer to that and it's not for us to know until the time comes!

Sammy, I'm sure you will always be a part of this board with the much help and education you provided to those of us, especially me, that just couldn't understand the things you certainly did! Thanks again, buddy!

Ace & Susan

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« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2009, 06:18:00 PM »

Sammy will truly be missed here...

A fine gentleman and a friend to many is what he portrayed to all.

I think Sammy worked for New York transit and brought a wealth of diesel and mechanical help to many busnuts in need.

I hope god has busses up there for you to fix!

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« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2009, 06:43:15 PM »

That is very sad! We will miss him a lot. I had no idea that he was having health issues. He was the one that answered some of my technical questions. That is sure too bad.

Bye Sammy, we will miss you.

I extend my condolences to the family, and pray for them.

God bless,

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« Reply #16 on: April 13, 2009, 07:03:17 PM »

He'll be making perfect downshifts everytime now....

Lift, pump, snick, throttle tip, pump, snick, squeeze....

Time well spent with us on this part of the journey.

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« Reply #17 on: April 13, 2009, 07:11:58 PM »

I never met nor corresponded with Sammy, but his presence was well known. God Speed fellow Bus Enthusiast!

Condolences and prayers to his family.

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« Reply #18 on: April 13, 2009, 07:27:30 PM »



A great loss to us here, but I'm sure heaven will be working properly.


Thanks Sammy for all your help.
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« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2009, 07:35:14 PM »

So sad, He had answers for all my chatroom Huh  He will be missed.
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« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2009, 07:51:35 PM »


Just today I was thinking that whatever happened to my DDEC or transmission, Sammy would be there to assist.  Reckon I'll travel alone now....
Godspeed Sammy!  You will be missed!
Our prayers go out to Sammy's family.  I hope that if they need anything, they let us know.
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« Reply #21 on: April 13, 2009, 08:21:13 PM »

Man I almost can't believe it! I can't tell how many times Sammy was there to help me thru problems with emails, calls and faxed drawings & print outs.
All I know is that he will be greatly missed by all, and deserves to play in heaven for all those he helped here on earth!

Good bye Sammy, and even though I can't call anymore I keep your number handy! See ya in heaven buddy!

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« Reply #22 on: April 13, 2009, 09:18:17 PM »

I'm not sure what to say...

All I know is this: When I first looked at bus conversions, it was because quite frankly, I thought about living on a boat. But I always enjoyed buses. Then I started looking at people like Richard, Sammy, and others (Cody and Libby are on our worship prayer list). Strange thing happened. I started worrying about where I would park a shell, instead of mooring a boat. I guess I have to confess. I want a bus more to be part of the "community". Look at how you guys treated the Ferguson's. I know of only two organizations that go that far out of their way for other "members": Freemasons, and AA.

There is a lot more to learn here than just about buses. Watching Sammy help you guys taught me something very valuable. Our talent and time is meant to be shared. Freely at times; for pay at others. And God's return on all this is a respect, love, and admiration that will surely outlive any of the materials we work with. That's not BS: Love is and never can be "recycled" like aluminum and steel. Love is a constant force behind the creativity that goes into our work with materials and each other. Thanks Sammy. Thanks for reminding me of why it is better to give, than to receive.

My condolances to the family and the rest of the community.

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« Reply #23 on: April 13, 2009, 09:49:50 PM »

Another helpful bus nut will be missing on the board. This happen too fast! We never know what next in our every day life.

We are going to miss Sammy…who never gave up helping anyone in the need to fix the problems.

My prayer to the family.

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« Reply #24 on: April 16, 2009, 11:50:16 AM »

I don't know how many times Dallas called Sammy to get information about a part and Sammy always had an answer.  He might be busy but as soon as he could he would call back with the help Dallas needed.  He even tried to help an internet friend of mine get a job since she lived in his area.  He was one that always went beyond what he had to do to help someone. 
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« Reply #25 on: April 19, 2009, 07:49:05 PM »

Sammy, thank you for all your kindnesses.  I will remember you fondly and consider yours to have been an excellent example.  I know that you are well and happy no matter where in the universe you might be.  You have earned that pleasant ending.

Bye, Bye Sammy
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« Reply #26 on: April 25, 2009, 08:17:52 AM »

I miss sammy, we talked on a regular basis in the chatroom, he was always friendly and helpful and just a downright nice guy, he also helped me torment the S&S people over at rv.net, we used to double team the people over there, it was fun.
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« Reply #27 on: May 26, 2009, 03:30:35 PM »

My heart is heavy this evening after reading about our friend Sammy's passing. Not being much of a regular on the Board these days I miss the news, both the good and the bad.

Jackie and I offer our sincere condolances to Sammy's family and friends.

On the brighter side, can you imagine the reunion going on today with all the others who have gone before?
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« Reply #28 on: July 02, 2009, 01:40:18 PM »

I don't get on here much so I just saw this now and am crushed.  We were supposed to go meet him.  He wanted to teach my kids some stuff this summer.  I'm shocked!!!  He has helped us SOOOO much with our bus and he was the kindest man to do all he did for us.  This is so sad.  We will really miss being able to chat with him.

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