Edward James Ho'okano Ah Sam, Jr.|
Survived by his spouse, Linda Ah Sam, Yuba City, CA; daughters, Jessica A'nakalia Ho'okano Ah Sam Richardson (Keola) & newborn granddaughter Raleigh Mahinalani, Durham, NC; and Rachel Ka'iulani Ho'okano Ah Sam Kinsel (Brian), Yuba City, CA; brothers, Michael (Gloria), Ojai, CA, Ronald (Heather), Honolulu, HI, and Jeffery (Anna), Kailua, HI; sister, Donna Ah Sam (Christopher), Kona, HI; nephews, Michael, Jr., Kai and Jacob Ah Sam, Honolulu, HI; nieces, Kahea and Mahina Ah Sam, Honolulu, HI, and Heather Henderson, Greenbriar, Tenn.
Preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Ellinor Ah Sam and nephew Jessie Ah Sam.
Eddie left this world to begin his new journey at the age of 62 on October 1, 2013, at Rideout Hospital with his loving family by his side. He had been a resident of Sutter County for 39 years.
Eddie was born on July 15, 1951 in Honolulu, Hawaii and was raised on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. He was the third child in a family of four boys and one daughter. He grew up playing in the ocean and was an accomplished water man, and a skilled surfer. He graduated from Kamehameha School for children of Hawaiian descent in 1969 where he developed lifetime friendships. He graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1974 with a degree in engineering.
Eddie was an ROTC cadet during college and joined the Air Force after graduation, serving four years on active duty and 23 years as an Air Force Reservist. He retired as commander of the 904 CEF squadron in 2003. He served in Civil Service with the 9th Civil Engineering Squadron at Beale AFB from 1974-2007, starting as the base industrial Engineer and retiring as Deputy Base Engineer. He worked as a private contractor for Booze Allen Hamilton in Hawaii from 2007-2012, then returned as a private contractor at Beale AFB from 2012-2013.
Throughout his personal and professional life he won many awards and honors, but felt doing a job well was the only reward required. Eddie was a humble man of great intelligence, dedication, love, passion and compassion. He was devoted to his family and friends, and thrilled to have his first mo'opuna (grandchild). He was a man of duty and honor and a true patriot. He was never too busy to help or be kind, and he strove to improve the lives of others. His smile and laughter would brighten your day, and he was never afraid to show his love to family and friends. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Eddie, ku'u lei, aloha oe, a hui hou kakou.
There will be a celebration of Eddie's life on Friday, October 18, 2013, at 10:00 am at Regency Park in Yuba City. Aloha attire welcome.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Ke Ali'l Foundation, 5667 South King Street, Suite 160, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 scholarship funds, or Rideout Hospital. Services are under the direction of Ullrey Memorial Chapel.
Published in Appeal Democrat from Oct. 13 to Oct. 17, 2013