Oh my girlfriend......I can't imagine the void you are feeling..I do know that you will find those hidden strengths that will keep you moving forward. Love you SO MUCH!
We Love and Miss you SO MUCH Sam...
there is some comfort knowing you are with your Dad and now, also with your Mom.
Eight weeks ago today at 5:00pm I had to make the hardest decision ever. I had to say good-by and let you go. I know in my heart that I made the right choice as I knew that at that point you were to tired to fight it anymore. I will never forget wiping the final two big tears from your right eye.I will also cherish our final words together as they were taking you to surgery.You said, I love you so much baby,I will be okay. I gave you a big kiss, and said I love you to honey. Everyday I cry for you, as I struggle to get out of bed and live another day without you. I miss everything about you. When I come home from work at night I still can hear you say "there's my wife". My life will never be the same without you. You were so many things to me,as well as the best husband and dad anyone could wish for.I will never understand why you had to leave me, but I do know that you no longer have to worry about shots, pills or being in any pain.I also know that when you come for me, I will be ready and we will be together again.I look forward to being in your arms again. Until that time, I will love you now and forever. Your loving wife. Tori
Happy Valentines Day my love.
Life goes on but for me my life has changed forever. I think about you everyday. I miss your sense of humor, your smile, and your hugs. But most of all I miss my best friend and soul mate. I will never be the person I once was, the person you helped me become but I will try to continue to make you proud of me. I will never forget you or the special love that we shared. I look forward to being with you again but until then, I will love you forever. Rest in peace my love.
Your wife now and forever,
Just a final, lingering thought to add: I love you, brother. And I'll think of you often.
I wish I could've been there that day. I wish things could've gone differently. I wish you were here so that one day you would help raise our children as you did with Jamie and Jason. I know that without your influence, they would not be the exceptional people they are today. I want to thank you for that, because even though you are no longer with us, I know that you are never really gone. We will miss you so much.
I first met Sam four years ago. When we introduced ourselves, I thought to myself “boy, is he strict or what? I need to be on my best behavior around him.” Well, my first impression was somewhat erroneous because as time went by and we got together at different gatherings, I saw the mellow, kind, and friendly side of Sam. I knew I could talk to him about anything and he would not judge me about it.
Every time when I got to see Sam, he always greeted me with a welcoming smile and a mischievous wink and I always felt like part of the family even if I was not blood related. Sam made me feel that Armenians were and always will be welcome in his house.
It is painful and heartbreaking that he left all of us so soon. However, he is in a better place and he left countless good memories behind, that will help all those who love him cope and go on.
Love you Sam and thank you for your kindness.
P.S. I promise I will not be throwing rocks in the drive way.
I met Sam when I started working at Quantum Corp. I was the new kid on the block and didn't know anyone. He was the on site Fire Marshall and was training me on the fire systems. So when he went on vacation I helped out with those duties. I made a mistake and to make a long story short, I accidentally evacuated the building and fire trucks rolled to the site. When he returned, I was sure he would not be happy with me. To my surprise he just laughed and laughed. Sam took me under his wing and we became good friends. He taught me to not take myself too serious or sweat the small stuff and also that everyone is responsible for their own happiness. When I think of Sam I remember his values as a man.
You always knew where Sam stood with you, he would give you the shirt of his back or tell you where to go. His big heart, infectious smile and laugh are things I miss. I miss every thing about Sam, hanging out talking about life, working on hot rods, going shooting with the boys (Tim and Roger), or just sitting back having a cold one. If a mans wealth is measured by the contents of his heart and soul, Sam was one of the wealthiest men I know. I am grateful for having you in my life brother! You will be missed, but never forgotten. You will truly live on through those you have touched and those who were lucky enough to have known you. Tori, Jason, and Jamie I love you all and may God provide you some comfort through so many wonderful memories.
- All My Love and Prayers
It feels strange to be writing this, because it's not actually possible that you are gone.
Uncle Sam, uncle Sam. You were as much my uncle as anyone related by blood....most times, more so. You've been a part of my world since my world first began. And if years happened to pass where we didn't see you, it didn't matter once we saw you again. You were family. You will always be family. My uncle Sam.
I miss you.
Raise some hell up there, ok? Xx
Never did I expect things to go this way; I always thought there would be more time. There are so many things I wanted to say.
Thank you for teaching me that laughter truly is the best medicine. You showed me what an awesome trait that is. I'll never forget that time that you took us to dinner at Lyon's and got me laughing so hard that my Shirley Temple shot out of my nose and all over the table. I was so embarrassed but you couldn't stop laughing. You always loved making stuff come out my nose, especially milk.
Thank you for doing such an amazing job helping my mom raise me. I wouldn't be the woman I am today if it wasn't for you. You taught me so many important things like how to do my own taxes and you were the first brave soul to take me out driving. That was a fun morning in the Quantum parking lot in the old El Camino. You also taught me how to change the oil and check the fluids in my first car which didn't matter due to the hole in the radiator. One of the biggest things that you drilled in my head that has stuck with me is to be a responsible, self-reliant adult. You always told me how you moved out and enlisted at 18. It is true that you really don't know who you are until it is you against the world, so thanks for repeating yourself so much.
Thank you for always treating Jason and I like your own. Most men couldn't do that but you were always so good to us. You always gave us everything we needed and took great care of my mom.
I miss you so much and would do anything to have you back but that's how it goes. I will continue to do my best to keep all the promises I made and to make you proud.
I love you very much.
You will be missed! You were such are part of my childhood that I will forever carry you in my memory, but of all in my heart. Till we meet again ...
I have so many great memories of Sam, but the most important ones to me are the great things he taught me. From tying my shoes to driving a car, Sam taught me things that I would need for the rest of my life. When I got a job at Walgreens and had to wear a tie, Sam showed me how to tie it and look professional. When I wanted a car but was not old enough to sign for it, Sam signed for it and showed me what financial responsibility was. When Sam went out in public in his skull pants and slippers, he showed me not to care what others think. When Sam was there for his friends and family through thick and thin, he showed me what true loyalty really was. I am going to miss Sam dearly, through all the great times and bad I never stopped looking up to Sam. But until we meet again, you were an amazing friend, mentor and all around great Dad. I love you Sam.
The one thing I can say Sam taught me was that when you enter a man's home, you better give him a handshake when you walk in and when you leave. Sam was a great man and he will be missed.
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
I was blessed for knowing Sam. I have only known Tori and Sam for over a year but what a wonderful year it was. Sam is gone but never will he be forgotten. Tori and family feel comforted in knowing you now have your own personal guardian angel watching over you.
PS. Sammy; know that our arms are around Tori and the Kids. They're in our hearts, and will remain there - we are family.
....As you used to say, so often: "No doubt, no doubt"....
Sam was a very careing. loveing man.I met him through his wife Tori when we worked togather.Met Jami and Jason later. Will never know a more loving family. In fact we adopted each as a family. So I am very proud to call Sam my son-in-law as well as my friend. At his memoral service you could see how well he was loved by the full house of all his friends and family. He will remain in my heart as long as I live and until I met him again. RIP my son. Love Y-O-M-N-L
Sam, you were a gentle soul. When I was a child, you were a constant presence--a loud, funny, warm presence. You were the awesome uncle I hoped would be at every family gathering...and it was years before I realized we weren't actually related. But it didn't matter. You were in our hearts, so you were in our family. You were there for us at one of our family's saddest moments, providing strength, a warm embrace and a helping hand. It never dawned on me that you would or ever could leave this world. Our hearts are broken. We love you.
The last 45 years of my life...Sam has been there. Sometimes close, other times farther away....but, always there. Sam was an example of Pure Love and Pure Joy...He wasn't the only one to show me that; but, he was surely the first...and, perhaps the best. He was always my brother, in both our hearts and minds....and, he always will be. You are, and always will be, missed every day....I Love you, Sammy. So, my brother....With Your Chrome Heart Shining in the Sun, Long May You Run...............
We will miss you Sam. You left us to soon. Thanks for being there to help me shape the two greatest kids a father could ask for and thanks for being a really good friend.
Bill, Noel, and Granny
My sweet, funny, thoughtful little brother, Sam, has left us much too soon. I miss him terribly. My heart aches for Tori, Jamie and Jason and for all of his friends. When I close my eyes, I can see a cute little kid with a mischievous little smile and twinkling eyes.
One of my fondest memories of Sam was in 1976 when he came up to see me after I had moved to South Lake Tahoe. I had just started working at Joseph Magnins when one afternoon he came thru the front doors wearing his leathers, a tee shirt under his vest and a bandana holding his wild wind blown hair. Of course he had come up on his Harley. I went running up to him and he gave me a big hug and kiss. We talked a few minutes and then I went to get my house key for him and everyone at the counter was looking at me. They asked if everything was okay and who was that man? I told them proudly that that was my brother Sam! That he looked a little scary but he was the nicest guy you could ever meet and a teddy bear at heart. I miss him terribly.
When Marshall and I moved to Oregon, Sam, and Tori and the kids were our first houseguests. He never missed our birthdays and he always called to wish us a Happy Thanksgiving or Merry Christmasâ€¦We will miss him terribly. When we went up to see Mom (Jenny) to take pictures and tell her how beautiful Sam's memorial was she started to remember back when Sam was a boy when we lived on Rhoda Street in Encino. How Sam would go around the neighborhood asking our neighbors if they needed help with anything. Mom mentioned that all the neighbors raved about what a thoughtful and respectful boy he was. She was very proud of him.
We want to thank all of you who have been around to help and provide support for Tori and the kids. It was a sad, but joyful meeting of those of you we knew previously; and was nice to meet those of you we had not known, but may have heard about from Sam and Tori.
With love and remembrance, Mary Kay & Marshall Brogie
I only met Sam a few times and had a warm feeling every time. He held a special place in my mom [ Emma Trottter] heart, she loved him like a son-in-law. He will be greatly missed. Tori and family my thoughts and prayers are with you.
the memorial that was given in your honor was outstanding, the Air Force color guards were very impressive and as I was you would have been proud. It's unfortunate that I hadn't seen you in a few years and there was many more before that until some stranger greeted me in the pits at the Antioch races. I didn't hardly notice you then with that gap in your teeth missing, ha ha... We had some great times together whether we were working at Ames back in the 80's or once again working together at Read-Rite. What great times we used to have and boy, how a party was always bigger and better if you were going. At the memorial I spoke for a few minutes and man that was one tough job, I just could hardly get the words out of my mouth but I told myself prior to the memorial that regardless of anything I was going to say a few words about you. One thing I forgot to mention was that I've always felt that a man's true value is measured by how many people show up to his funeral, memorial or party in remembrance of him. It looks like you were a great man because the house was packed with people standing up because there weren't enough seats. Life is what we make of it and it looks like you got a good run for your money. Thanks again for coming to pick me up after I split the tranny in my Panhead out in Concord. You could always be counted on for help whenever and wherever needed. Looks like you have left a long line of friends and I don't think you need to worry about the family because there are others just like you who will help them along the way. I'll miss you bro yet I'll always remember what a good friend you always were. Ride fast and ride hard
Remembering Sam Strickler
I'm not a particularly religious guy, but I'm a lector at my church in Merced, and the day after Sam passed away I found out that I was scheduled to read at the 6:30 pm Mass – just last Sunday -- something from the First Book of Samuel. In the reading, God keeps calling out to Samuel in his sleep, but Samuel doesn't realize that it's God who's calling him, he thinks it's a friend. Well, as it turns out it was both. Sam was being called by God, who hopefully is Sam's friend. It was difficult – and sweet – to read that at church last Sunday.
I'm proud to say that I've been friends with Sam since we were teenagers – some 45 years ago. John Koss, Sam and I were pretty inseparable back then. We did almost everything together. We worked at the Century Theatres together – that's where we met --, and got kicked out of nearly every coffee shop in town for drinking 18 cups of coffee, spending three hours and leaving no tip. Bob's Big Boy, Ken's House of Pancakes, Jolly King, and the Red Coach Inn -- they all kicked us out.
Even our parents got sick of us staying up until 3 o'clock in the morning and trying to “quietly” listen to Vanilla Fudge, the Doors and Buffalo Springfield. My mom and Sam's mom kept kicking us out. Good old Jim and Judy were more tolerant, because we “occupied” and completely re-designed their garage to stay out of their house and earshot. Most of the time.
We shared girlfriends, the Air Force, houses, camping trips, Natural Bridges, Firesign Theatre, hours and hours of reel-to-reel taped letters from Korea, Thailand and Alaska, and we all fell in love with Mary.
Here are a few memories of Sam that are burned into my heart: most of them will mean nothing to you but they were important to me: Sam sending up bottle rockets from the roof of Century 21 on the 4th of July that landed on the roof of the Winchester Mystery House … packing Sam's a** with gauze and antibiotics after his surgery (you had to be there to understand), freaking out in Thailand over loading bombs on planes headed for Cambodia during the Vietnam War, and nights on the beach at Natural Bridges feeling sorry for ourselves over lost loves.
And then there were the laughs. We shared lots and lots and lots of laughs.
Thank God, up until Sam died two weeks ago, we were still sharing lots and lots and lots of laughs.
There are few people I've known longer, or been closer to, than Sam. After 60 years of living, here's what he left behind: only friends. Sam had no enemies. He left us all smiling, not so much laughing right now, but smiling. And that's a life worth celebrating forever.
Thanks, Sam. Goodbye, dear friend.
It is with great sadness that we part ways. Together Sam and I shared a loss in life's later years and were unable to recover in time. We always knew that it is Love that binds all God's children together and it is with truth that we will always walk in the footsteps of our wonderful memories. I am so very proud to have been a small part of Sam's world. I can tell all that as Sam's brother his love, friendship, closeness and respect for you was as real as tomorrow and as great as Life itself. If his joyous times on earth where rungs on a ladder we would climb to the very heaven he now Honors.
Individually: Thank you all for the richness you have shown my brother over the 60 years. He spoke of the many times you filled his empty cup so through my eyes you all were the mortar for the brick he laid on his path through life and the sun in his shine. You and Sam define humanity and in my heart you will live on. XO to all.
My Darling Sam,
My husband, lover, soul-mate, and most of all my best friend. From the moment I lost you my heart was ripped out and my life changed forever. You taught me so much in our nineteen years together, from the true meaning of love and friendship but most of all you taught me to be strong and independent. My life is now a daily struggle without you, but I promise I will find strength in all the wonderful things you taught me and will never give up or disappoint you. I love you now and forever. Rest in peace my love, until we meet again.
Your loving wife forever,
Sam was my cousin, but he was like a brother to me, we grew up as kids, Sam, Ken,Jr. and I, our families were all close then. I remember one thing that gave me a good laugh that Sam did as a boy, he had a toy saw and he wanted to know if it would saw, so he started sawing the bed post on his bed and it was working, he got in trouble, but he gave me a good laugh. We always had good times and fun together. I really enjoyed seeing him at our family reunion in 2000. It is to bad that there was so many miles between us. Glad I have good memories of Sam.
He will always be in my heart and mind.
Rest in peace Sam.
We didn't know Sam as long or as well as many of his friends but the time we did know him was delightful. Whenever we got together with Sam & Tori, time spent was always filled with laughter. His love and concern for Tori was truly remarkable. The first time I saw Sam's Corvette I said to him "You devil I didn't know you had such a beautiful car. Why don't you take it out more often?" He said "I only take it out on sunny days so it doesn't get dirty". We both had a good laugh at this. The twinkle in his eyes showed just how much he loved life so I know he is driving the Corvette in Heaven and having a great time, you see cars don't get dirty in Heaven.
Ron and I will sorely miss him!
My sincere condolences to Tori, Jamie, Jason the Strickler Family and to Sams many friends.
He will be remembered as a gentleman, courteous, lovable, helpful and of course that silly side that brought us so much joy & laughter.
Sam was a constant & loyal friend to Pam, Roger, Tim and to our family. Showing his dedication, though not feeling well, Sam & his wife Tori visited Pams father George in the hospital before he passed, just 4 weeks before Sam.
Thank You for many wonderful memories.
Love, Harolee Fox (Pams mother)
Sam was my Uncle. He will be greatly missed by all of us that loved him. He always knew how to get a smile on my face by calling me Jackaboo. He was the kind of guy that was extremely fun to be around and had a big loving heart. He will live on in all of our hearts and memories. I love U, Uncle Sam and I will never forget all the great times we shared.
Thank You Sam for 36 wonderful yrs of fun, laughter, unconditional love and to the hands of fate for bringing you into our lives.
One beautiful day August 1976, very young, shy, just into our 20's it was our first move to a big house from an apartment. New to the neighborhood for just one day, we heard the sound of screeching tires looked out and saw a lady in a car on our front lawn. From across the street came this intimidating looking guy, he walks over and introduces himself to us, surprisingly, with a “Hug” and asks "Is everyone OK?" I'm Sam your across the street neighbor. At that moment we just knew we had a friend forever.
It seems impossible to imagine life without him..
Gone way too soon Sam……we love and miss you sooooo much...
Until we hug again
Tori & Family, Jenny & Family,
Words can't even begin to express our sorrow. Sam will be greatly missed and our heartfelt condolences go to each and every one of you. May the love of family and friends help you through each day. We will be there for you any way we can.
My cousin Sam always called us Aunt Shirley and Uncle Bob, his father told him that I was like a sister to his father and therefore he started calling us Aunt & Uncle, that made us both feel every special to him as he was to us. Sam was one of a kind. He will be so missed and loved in our hearts.
Sam my cousin will never be forgotten, he always had something nice to say to me and made me feel good about myself.
I have a lot of good memories growing up with his family and mine, camping trips were the best growing up, a lot of laughs and fun. Our families were very close then. Sam is and was the best person anyone could every know.
We will always love him and he is in our hearts and mind. Sam was the Best!!
For the 3 years that I knew Sam I knew he was a good guy. Always loved going over to visit and just chatting with him and hearing him laugh. He had a huge heart and I will miss him Deeply.
Sam Strickler was a great man. Sam could light up a room with his jokes and smile and make everyone laugh. His legacy will live on forever in each and every one of us that had the pleasure of meeting Sam. His love of life and laughter will be paid forward each and every day. Thank you Sam for your laughter and love and it has been a pleasure to meet you and get to know you. Laura & Daryl Donofrio
On behalf of Sam's friends and colleagues at NASA Ames Research Center. It was always a pleasure working with Sam, he will be well missed.
I only worked with Sam for a couple of years, but there was never a time where he wasn't warm & polite not only to myself but to the entire staff. His presence here at work has already left a huge void which I'm sure will never be filled. RIP Sam.
To a friend brother and awesome coworker words can not explain why you went home so soon.I know you are in a better place,i wish i could turn back time but i will allways charish our friendship until i see you again.I promise to look after Torrie,Jason,Jammie,You done a great job with this awesome family..Love you my brother R.I.P.Love Lionel&Cindy and Kids.
I was at Sam's funeral service today and was deeply touched. The reception at Tori's house was warm and welcoming. Sam's childhood friend said it best, "look around this room and what you see is all of Sam's friends and no enemies". I met Sam at Quantum Corporation in August of 1991. We worked side by side for nearly 16 years. He was a joy to work with and we had a ton of laughs and memories together. I learned much from him with regards to problem solving in the broad area of Facilities Services. There are two distinct moments that I'll never forget, We spent New Years Eve 1999 at work with our families, just waiting to see the digital age come crashing down at midnight, nothing happened when the calendar struck the Year 2000. The other was turning OFF the lights and locking the doors to Quantum Corporation. I was lucky to have done these things with him. Thanks for all the memories Sam, I will miss you....your friend
My dear friend Sam was one of the most hillarious people I have ever met in my life. You could always count on him to be the life of the party, and make everyone around him feel welcome. His loyalty was unwaivering and he will be so greatly missed. I love you friend!
Sam will be greatly missed. He was and is an important part of our lives and I take comfort in that mom and grandpa are taking good care of him now.