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Sam S. Stine

1932 - 2018 Obituary Condolences

Sam S. Stine

March 12, 1932 - February 8, 2018

After a 2 year battle with cancer, Dad died peacefully at home, just shy of his 86th birthday.
Once Dad realized a career in the Navy in the state of Washington was not for him, he came to Long Beach in the mid 1950's.
As a master fabricator, his fiberglass and mold making skills led him to work in many local industries: surfboards, boat building, motorcycle accessories (Bates Industries) and all sorts of custom creations.

Every year Dad took us several times to Christmas Tree Lane on Daisy Avenue in Long Beach so he could brag about the flock of sheep at the nativity scene that he created. Dad, because of you, we still love the smell of resin to this day!
Eventually landing at Paramount Studios where he had a fulfilling 20+ year career, he enjoyed mentoring the younger craftsmen in the staff shop on his old school ways yet he was humble enough to admit that he, too, learned from them.
Larger than life stories were the Stine family norm. Dad was always "mingling with the stars". Any celebrity sitting near him in the commissary or at the roach coach was his new "best friend". Martin Sheen, William Shatner, The Fonz, Mork & Mindy, Paul Newman...etc, etc, etc. This was just everyday life at Paramount Studios according to Dad...but even though we spent time hanging out with him at work...somehow we never met any of these new friends!
Dad had a love of cars and all things racing. He owned and restored several classic muscle cars and roadsters and built custom choppers. He participated with car clubs/shows and charity events including cross country rallies.
Lots of other interests kept him busy in retirement including helping out at his wife's store, "The Chocolate Box and Tea Room". He enjoyed his morning coffee meet-ups with his buddies, tinkering in his man cave, participating in Old West reenactments, attending community events & listening to live music with his friends and family.
Dad will be remembered for his quick wit, colorful language and his cheesy jokes. Also for his signature red shoes. But most of all for the love he had for his wife, his kids and his friends!
Sam Stine is survived by his wife, Jane; daughters, Mary Beth, Sara and Katy; and his son, Steve.
Services will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 12:00 Noon at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren, Riverside, California. Please sign the guest book at www.presstelegram.com/obits
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from Mar. 3 to Mar. 5, 2018
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