Mr. Samuel Anthony Cardinale, 85, A Veteran of World Ward II, of Lake City, Florida passed away peacefully after a long illness at the Lake City Medical Center Friday, November 23, 2012.
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"Sam" was born in Newark, New Jersey but has resided in Lake City since 1992 after moving from South Florida.
Mr. Cardinale dedicated his life to building and creating as a home builder after beginning his professional career as an auto mechanic. He will always be remembered for putting his family first as a loving husband and father. Mr. Cardinale will also be remembered for his love of Western movies and his amazing hands and mind that enabled him to build, restore or fix anything placed before him. Mr. Cardinale is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Barbara Ekus Cardinale; Five children, Karen Binko of Live Oak and Valerie Kloes and (David Gibson), Andy Berns and (Melissa) of Sunrise, Florida, Scott Berns of Lake City Florida and Jamie and (David) Iselborn of Jacksonville, Florida and seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a brother Otto Cardinale of New Jersey and his most beloved dog, Honey. Sam was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Anna Bozza. Sam's emphasis on family, living the golden rule and his quiet leadership will be remembered by all those that knew him. He was cremated per his wishes and his ashes are being kept in the stewardship of his family. A memorial honoring Sam's life will be held in the near future. Although Sam has ridden tall in the saddle to a greener pasture and the evenings campfire embers have burned away the fondest of memories and lessons left behind will forever stay.
Published in Lake City Reporter on Dec. 29, 2012