Samuel Leslie Joseph Peter Bobu |
The extended Bobu family is profoundly saddened at the unexpected death of Sam Bobu, on August 20, 2013.
A veteran of the United States Navy, he participant in the Battle of the Coral Sea, the Guadalcanal Campaign, and was one of the last remaining survivors of the USS Chicago (CA-29), which was sunk under enemy fire at the Battle of Rennell Island. Sam lived life to its fullest and remained active 'till the very end.
A successful musician both as a bassist and singer, Sam played all over the world in a career that spanned 45 years. In a time when the integration of musicians was in its infancy, Sam stood up for the rights of and welcomed his fellow musicians of any and all races, colors or creeds. Everyone enjoyed watching him perform, and he was always recognized by his trademark contagious smile.
Ever mindful of the life of a musician, Sam remained active in his career as a printer and technical expert in newspaper production, specifically in paste-up and layout and from hot metal to cold type, excelling there as well, starting at the News Call Bulletin, then worked for many years at the San Francisco Chronicle, and finishing his newspaper career at the San Mateo Times. Sam was a lifetime Union supporter.
Doting and loyal husband, brother, caring and considerate father, grandfather, and a man never miserly with a smile, he was an anchor to all who knew him, and inspirational in his approach to life's chores. He taught loyalty, strength, perseverance, and had the courage to stand up for that which is right.
He passed his life lessons on to his children and grandchildren. Never one to shirk the responsibility of duty, honor or country, his conduct navigated the family through uncertain and stormy waters to safe ports.
As he entered the sunset of his life, he spent little time reminiscing, and instead focused on the present. That duty now falls on us. Let us remember him with smiles and laughter, and keep his memory in the honor it long earned and deserves. Godspeed.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 20, 2013