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STONE, SAMUEL NORMAN June 6, 1935 to August 14, 2012 Born June 6, 1935 in Brooklyn, NY to Sally E. Stone and Irving R. Stone. Sam passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2012. At age six he started school in Dallas, TX, and came back to New York at age 10. He arrived in San Diego in 1951, attending San Diego High School for his last two years. He studied at San Diego City College and then San Diego State, majoring in journalism. Sam was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. Starting out, Sam met several journalists and photographers - such as Paul Oxley and Charlie Schneider - who helped him get start his career in photography. He photographed for advertising, commercial, and theater, including on the set of "Some Like it Hot". Later, he moved into the photo supply business purchased from Henry Wakefield in 1974, selling it in 1987. Sam photographed numerous horse shows starting in 1960 at the request of Bob Bradley of Bonita Valley Farms. Eventually, the family showed a few horses and ponies. Sam's clients included: the San Diego Chargers, NFL, San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, San Diego Independent Newspaper, San Diego Rockets, Soccers, Gulls, and Clippers. Sam enjoyed traveling with the San Diego Chargers on the many road trips and the many long-time friendships he made. He was a past board member of the San Diego Arthritis Foundation, and was past president and on starting board of CHAD. Sam enjoyed having his family near and is survived by his daughter Heather (Jayson) Smith and two grandchildren, Celia and Millie; son Gavin (Irina) Stone. He is also survived by his long-time companion, Rita Venturini, her five children and their spouses, twelve grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He is survived by two step-sisters and numerous cousins. A memorial service is planned for Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive, San Diego, CA 92122. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Huntington's Disease Society of America or the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego.

Published in U-T San Diego on Aug. 19, 2012
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