- 84 years old
- Date of birth: Sep 8, 1929
- Place of birth:
Ruth, Nevada, United States
- Date of passing: Nov 24, 2013
- Place of passing:
Sacramento, California, United States
|Let the memory of Sam be with us forever|
"As we sit and remember Uncle Sam, it was a long 365 days and am still counting. Uncle Sam's departure was unexpected and sudden. We have had sleepless nights and our heart aches. But we have wonderful memories. His stories are still part of my life. I can visualize his interment days, his childhood days, his growing up and time he spent with his siblings. When he starts talking, he will not stop. He knew everything about Japan and he knew everything about America. He taught me so many things. It is very hard for me to share my feelings. It is heart breaking to know that he is no more but let me say this, he was the BEST Uncle Sam we will ever have. Miss you heaps. You will live in our hearts forever."
"Happy Birthday, Uncle Sam!
Not a day goes by that you are not thought of. Your passing left such a void with all of us. I miss our talks and knowing you were there.
Your favorite mochi is on the butsudan for you."
" My special American uncle,
I'm so sorry to know that you had gone to a faraway place
where I can't come and see any time while I'm alive.
I found your name in this orbituary today which really broke my heart.
I've always wanted to see you again and talk about where you took me to and what you let me see, eat and try, long long time ago, almost 37 years.
I have to thank you for all you kindly did to me and please forgive my rudeness.
I really regret my laziness. I should have called on you by any means.
May you rest in peace.
Your Japanese niece,
"Dear Uncle Sam,
Your memorial service was last weekend and yet I feel like the gravity of your passing is only just now hitting me. I guess I am really just upset that I never got to tell you how much you truly meant to me. You once said to me that you could just listen to what I had to say or you could listen to what I had to say and then tell me what you thought. I will miss the talks that we shared together about life, sports, and most importantly I will miss the time that we shared together with Lucas. When Grandma and Grandpa passed away a large part of my foundation crumbled beneath me, but you were always there, someone who I could talk to, someone who would listen. The last time that we were at your house we talked about old Japan town in downtown Sacramento and about all of the memories that you had of that time. I have been thinking about that day a lot. I have been thinking about the hug that you gave Lucas, about the pat on the back and the handshake that we shared. I left that day thinking that Lucas and I would always be able to come back and talk about sports and job hunting. I miss you very much Uncle Sam and just want to tell you again that I love you and thank your for always being there to listen and share your wisdom.
"Uncle Sam was everyone's uncle. He was kind, generous, and thoughtful and he doted on his great and great-great nieces and nephews. Even though we didn't get to see each other as much as I would have liked, I always knew he was there to talk, especially about Cal and Pac-12 sports. We loved him very much."
"Sam is a kind and gentle man,. He made me so welcome each time we see each other. I will missed his smile and kind words.
"Uncle Sam didn't have children of his own, so he made up for it by being the most amazing uncle to everyone else's children. Uncle Sam never missed a birthday, a holiday, a soccer game, or a graduation (I don't even know how many of our graduations he watched via online video streams!). He checked the newspaper for the weather in every city he had relatives in. He was the go to confident, and he always kept the secrets.
At dinners, he would try to teach me Japanese - we decorated too many tablecloths with my attempt at hiragana. His favorite ice cream was cookies n cream, but he never told his caretaker Joseph because he always bought the ice cream on sale and Uncle Sam didn't want to make things complicated. He never wanted to be a burden or nuisance, and like his brother Mark, he never wanted any birthday or christmas gifts - he just wanted your company...and maybe some leftovers.
He could talk for hours.
He didnt talk too much about the internment camps, but when he did he always said it was like a summer camp because he was young. He said he and his friends used to throw rocks at the guards in the watch towers, oblivious to the danger. They also used to play the system by going to more than one mess hall if it was spaghetti night.
Uncle Sam had a story for everything...everything from walking the hills at Berkeley to something weird done by the frogs that court and Mel got him. He knew everything about anything, especially about our family.
Uncle Sam, I will miss your history lessons the most.
Love always, your girl."
"We always enjoyed visiting with Uncle Sam when visiting Mike and Molly in Sacramento. We heard many great stories. He will be missed. Barbara, Don and Susie Lake"
"Sam was both my boss and my neighbor for many years. He was a good boss, a good neighbor and a good man. We weren't close but I always admired and respected him. Goodbye Sir."
"Uncle Sam, you will be dearly missed. Thank you for coming to every birthday party for the girls. Thank you for always being concerned about the latest tornado or severe storm that passed near us and for keeping up with OU football and texting about it during big games. Thank you for being a big part of our lives. You will be forever in our hearts."
"Sam was a good friend and will be dearly missed.
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