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William Sam Yunick, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 27, 2008. Sam was born on August 23, 1966 in Daytona Beach. Sam was a graduate of Georgia State and began his journey as an entrepreneur in Atlanta, Georgia in August 1991. Sam and his wife, Sharon, started with one Subway franchise and built it into a successful business with five operations in the Atlanta area. Sam and Sharon returned to Jacksonville in 1996 where Sam started Sync, Inc. which currently employs over 95 people in its various operations. Sam is survived by his wife, Sharon Yunick; two sons, Michael and Patrick; and a daughter, Nicole. Sam is also survived by his brother, Steve Yunick, wife, Kathy Yunick; nieces, Kaylin and Erin Yunick; sister, Trisha Yunick; niece, Laurel Brown; nephew, Brayden Brown; and his aunt, Judy Knox Judge, all of Daytona Beach. Sam was the son of racing legend, Henry Smokey Yunick and Patricia Hankins Judge Yunick of Daytona Beach, both deceased. Sam is survived by Margie Yunick, his stepmother. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 5, 2009 in Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations may be made to Seamark Ranch, The Mission House, Jacksonville Beach, Florida or the Jacksonville Humane Society. Please visit our online Tribute at www.quinn-shalz.com. Services under the care and direction of Quinn-Shalz, A Family Funeral Home, Jacksonville Beach, FL.

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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Dec. 31, 2008.
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December 28, 2009
Sharon, I just saw this online and had no idea this had happened. I think of you often and would love to hear from you. I am terribly sorry for your loss and hope you're all doing well. -Stacey jstaceysloan@comcast.net 404-316-6220
December 27, 2009
i miss you!
tony miller
December 13, 2009
hey sam, it's been a year! i look back and it has gone fast, i still miss you and think about you quite often so many times i wanted to email or call you but then it hits me your gone. i know these post will be removed soon so i just wanted to write to you one more time! i have yet to find another friend quite like you i miss just hanging out and talking about life, business, family and everything in between sam i will remember you for ever and some day we can hang out again until then i will have this void and i hope with time it will fill, take care my friend.

frank malle
August 23, 2009
It has been almost 8 months now since you raced away and today would have been your birthday.. Happy Birthday Sam!!!! Someone once told me that people are put into your life for a reason, a season or for a lifetime. The seasons will come and go just as the waves on the shore. Your memory is still a part of my Everyday. Not long ago while walking on the beach collecting shells with my daughter, now 7, out of the clear blue she stopped and wrote your name in the sand with her toes and ended it with a big heart. When i asked her what made her think of you at that moment, she shrugged her shoulders and said, " I don't know, i just really miss his smile mom, and the ocen made me think of that time when he let me and Nicole fill the swimming pool with bubbles. That was fun!" The one thing I read over and over is how all of your friends will miss your smile. It was so beautiful. All of us will miss the sparkle of your smile, the laughter in your soul (a quality you left in Michael)the gentleness of your words, the mischeif in your eyes (just like Nicole) the sacasm of your jokes and pranks (only to be matched by Patrick) and the direction of your knowledge.. You will be missed for all of these things that made you, YOU.. As the time passes and the dust begins to settle please be sure to look down from the golden roads you now travel upon and know that the world was a better place for once having you in it. Thank you for the life lessons learned, thank you for the memories made, the friends discoved, thank you for the laughter ~ and even that stupid dance move. Thank you for the tears that still fall sometimes, crying clenses the soul.. This is not "Goodbye," this is "so long," my dear sweet friend until we meet again.. May your heart and soul now know what real love and peacefullness feels like. You will be missed today and always...
Love Always,
Wendy H.
Wendy H.
June 22, 2009
I have just now heard about this. Sam was one of my very first friends in kindergarten. We grew up together but lost contact with one another through out the years. I have many fond memories of him growing up. What a great, funny & lovable guy! I still have a story about him that I tell to this very day! I know that he was loved and will be missed by many....... Much love to you Sam and to your family...... you will always be remembered as a wonderfully kind and gentle human being......
Dianne Fox / Davis
May 17, 2009
it's been almost 5 months since you passed and not a day goes by that i don't think about you...we are moving forward with the subway we planned to open. I hope to have it done by june 2009 i talk to sharon alot to check in and the kids are doing ok, i am kinda shocked to see the posts have stoped shortly after your funeral? i thought it was pretty cool what you did in my car a couple of days after you passed, i will share this with our friends to keeps you fresh in our minds!for the record, as we were driving back (Bart and I) from tampa i just got off the phone with sharon about the arrangement, we were talking about you and the differant stories over the years a song came on the radio it was an old song with an verse about dying and a ghost. I think the song was a ghost with no name?when it played bart and i got quiet and as the song played the alarm on the dash started going off several lights on the dash were flashing and the over head lights went on and the rear right side passange door opened and then closed and in seconds it stoped i pulled over to check the door and it was closed tight! the cool part is the bmw 750li has a self closing door system and that is the side my baby rides on and i keep the child lock on all the time so when i opened it to see why this happened the child lock was still engaged! thanks for thinking about us and saying goodbye sam that was pretty cool shocking but cool, as you can imagine bart and i had a lot to talk about after that and as you would guess we said goodbye to sam. it would be like him to somehow mess with us! for those who read this lets continue to post we have till the end of the year till it is removed, it makes me feel good to see sam had so many friends!
January 13, 2009
Sam always had a ready smile and a good word through our high school years. He will be missed, much sympathy to the family and friends.
Frank Fedele
January 8, 2009
Sharon, I am so sad and shocked to hear about Sam. Please know I am here for you if you need a friend.
Sue Pillsbury
Sue Pillsbury
January 7, 2009
My sympathy to the Yunick Family. I went to grade school with Sam at Warner Academy. He was one of the funniest and kindest people I have ever met. I hope all of the kind words people have expressed here are a comfort to his family.
Linda Muzikowski
January 7, 2009
January 6, 2009
Trish, Steve and Families:
I don't know where the time has gone but I can remember it like it was yesterday all the times that we would play together. I got a call from my brother Paul about the very sad news. I am so sorry and I know that you all will miss Sam. If there was one thing that never changed over the many years apart was Sam’s grin. I will remember him always . May God bless you all and We will keep you in our prayers.

John & Dawn Duffett
John Duffett
January 6, 2009
January 5, 2009
I met sam in highschool we only had one accounting class together but I never forgot him, he was one of the funniest and real people I ever met. I've thought of him often over the years. I was reading about our upcoming class reunion today and saw he had passed....
Michael Fiaschetti
January 5, 2009
I've known Sam since elementary school. He was one of the best guys I have ever known. He was the type of guy that would always go out of his way to help someone. He will be missed.

My sympathy to his family and friends.
Cathy Sarjeant
January 5, 2009
I would like to express my deepest sympathy
to Sam's family. I am very stunned and saddened by this terrible news. Sam and I were close friends beginning in kindergarten and continuing into high school. He was such a great guy to know and I regret that we fell out touch these later years. I know he will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him. I know I will never forget all of my fond memories of him.
Jim Green
January 5, 2009
My sympathies to Sam's family. Sam and I were really close when we were about 10 or 11 years old. I'm very sad to hear of his death at such a young age. It sounds like he made good use of his short time here and touched many people.
Kevin Kelder
January 4, 2009
Sharon, Patrick, Michael and Nicole:
As your neighbors, know that we are here for you. I know that this is a difficult time but trust that God knows what he is doing even when we don't understand.
LeMorris and Pam Prier
January 4, 2009
To the Yunick family. Sam will be sadly missed. He was a client of mine as well as a friend. I would like for his children to know that their father was a wonderful person, always pleasant and happy and very proud of his children. My prayers to all of you.
Lucreita D. Becude, Esq.
January 4, 2009
To Sharon, Patrick, Michael and Nicole and extended family,
Our deepest sympathy goes out to your family. Sam will always be a reminder to us of how he was always a loving, giving, fun, excellent father and a wonderful friend to our daughter and our family. His smiling face and positive encouraging personality will be with us forever. He will be greatly missed by all.
Joe and Beverly Kovir
January 4, 2009
love you and miss you soo much!!!!!!
tony Miller
January 4, 2009
My deepest sympathy to all my dear friends at Sync and to Sam's family. He will always remain forever engrained in my mind as a joyful loving man who cared so deeply for others. May the peace of The Lord settle in your heart during this difficult time. l.
Molly Thompson
January 3, 2009
Dear Judy,
I was sorry to learn of the passing of your nephew, Sam. I did not know him but from the notes from people signing the guest book he sounds like a wonderful person. It also sounds like he really lived the Christian life.
It has been years since I've seen you and didn't realize you were living in Ormond. My brother, Bob, also sends his condolences.
Nita Lee Elston
Nita Elston
January 3, 2009
It's really touching reading all the entries written about Sam. In the 16 years that I've known him, he was always go go go and smiling. The kids look just like him and go go go as well. Hold faith he is watching over them. His soul is still within all who were touched by him. Keep hold of all those great memories.
Maura Brown
January 2, 2009
Sharon and family,

I was saddened to learn of your loss. My wife, Susan, and I were honored to attend your wedding. Our thoughts are with you, your children and your extended family.
Matthew Edelman
January 1, 2009
It's been over 20 years since I last saw Sam. At Seabreeze he always had a smile and a good word to say. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers to his family.
Ralph Richards
January 1, 2009
Sharon and family, Wes and I are so sad to hear of Sam's passing. We didn't know Sam well but what time we did spend with him, we know he was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. Our hearts go out to you. We are saying prayers for your strength...
Wesley and Valerie Erb
January 1, 2009
Sam was a very good friend and he will be missed.
Steven Rotenstein
January 1, 2009
Sam and I had been friends since elementary school and I will forever cherish the many fantastic memories I have of him.

In every mental image I have of Sam he is smiling and happy, and for those who knew him through school, business, and/or personally, I know we all would agree that he was an extremely positive and hopeful person who was kind and generous to everyone he knew. He will be greatly missed.

Brad Kash
Brad Kash
January 1, 2009
Sharon & Children ; Trisha & Children ; Steve & Family We are sorry to hear of Sam's passing. God always takes the good ones look how many of our family he has with him in heaven . You are in our thoughts and prayers .
Carolyn & Smokey Yunick
January 1, 2009
To the Yunick Family and Friends:
Trish: I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your brother Sam. He had a dynamic personality and I know he will be missed. Think of the surprise your Dad Smokey had with Sam showing up early at the "big track in the sky". Thoughts and Prayers are with you.
Roland Via
January 1, 2009
We did not know Sam but attended Mainland High with Patty Judge Yunick and remember her fondly. Our condolences to your families on another premature loss.
Joyce and Carl Bornmann
January 1, 2009
My deepest sympathy goes out to Sam's family and friends. I was fortunate enough to know him and call him a friend. Sam is surely at peace in heaven -
Brian Leonard
December 31, 2008
In all my working years, I had never had a boss like Sam. I think I can speak for all his managers when I say he was loved by each and every one of us. He had a special relationship with us all.
I loved him for the time he helped an employee who was homeless and sent $200 with no strings attached, I loved him for the time he helped an employee with $1000 for college, I loved him for his crazy Christmas song he would sing every year to me over the phone at work during the holiday season, I loved him for taking the time to talk to my daughter when she was so ill and encouraging her that things would get better, I just loved Sam for all he was and will miss him.
Diana Henderson
December 31, 2008
December 31, 2008
To Yunick family,

It's been almost 25 years since we last hung out together. Sam was truly a wonderful friend during our high schools days. I'm very sorry for you'll lost.
"Lizard" Glenn Difurio
December 31, 2008
Trish and Judy,
It broke my heart to hear the news about Sam. I first met him when he was just a little guy - about 5 or 6. He was a hoot and he sure kept you mom busy, Trish. I remember she once said jokingly that Sam was "everything bad I ever did that is coming back to haunt me". :-)
He was quite an amazing guy, with his talents and business sense. You all are in our prayers and I hope you can latch on to the great memories and celebrate what Sam brought to life, to help you through this tough time. Losa love. Always. Buz and Gwen McKim
Buz McKim
December 31, 2008
Sam was always a stand up guy. I have not seen him much over the years, but I will always remember him fondly.
Kevin Cronin
December 31, 2008
Sam, with his smile and generosity, was a gift to anyone that had the pleasure to know him. My husband and I knew him through Sync, Inc. and he taught me how to use my first computer in our home. He will truly be missed by many. To the family, we wish you God's Peace.
Richard & Patsy Hostrup
December 31, 2008
sam all it ever took was a phone call. will miss ya buddy. mr ed
ed lemiszko
December 31, 2008
Our deepest sympathies go out to the Yunick Family,
your loss is in our hearts...
His life was short, but he lived it to the fullest.
The De Jaeger family
Rob De Jaeger
December 31, 2008
Trish, I am sorry to hear about Sam. If there is anything I can do please let me know. My thoughts and prayers are with you
Sue Meeks
December 31, 2008
To Sharon, Steve, Trisha, Laurel and all of the Yunick family: We are so sad to hear about Sam. He will be missed, greatly. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. We love you and miss you all. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Nancy, Kumar and Stacy
Stacy Vivirito
December 31, 2008
Dear Sharon and family,
I am terribly sorry to read of your loss. I was friends with Sam in high school, and knew you briefly Sharon. Sam was a great guy, and I know he will be sorely missed by all of his friends, family, and acquaintances.
My sincerest condolences,
Tracy Zuber Waligroski
Tracy Zuber-Waligroski
December 31, 2008
Mrs. Yunick and Patrick,
I am deeply saddened by your loss. Mrs. Yunick, please let me know if there is anything I can do to help Patrick. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.
Michele Sarkees
December 31, 2008
Trish and Margie. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I met both of you when I prepared a tribute to Smokey that was held at Carrabbas. I am with the Historical Society.
Beth Mindlin
December 31, 2008
THe world has lost an Angel who walked this earth when Sam was called home to be with the Lord. I am so grateful that this gift that was Sam was in my life and both of my parents lives until they passed away. Sam had told my mother on her death bed that he would always watch over me and take care of me,he did that for the last 7 years since her passing and now he will watch over me from Heaven. I will rejoice when the day comes that I go home also and can once again gaze on that smiling face of Sam and thank him for being my friend and protector.
To dear Sharon and her family my words could not possibly express the grief and loss that I know you are feeling at this time but know that the Lord will help you through this and that Sam in his last weeks had come to know the Lord in a personal way and that prepared him for his journey home I have no doubt. Love and faith in the gracious Lord who created Sam will sustain you until you meet in heaven.
Barbara Howerton
December 31, 2008
Surprising to say the least i didn't know Sam for very long but for what i did know he was a very good man and great boss, he will be greatly messed.
Michael Sorrow
December 31, 2008
Thank you Smokey and Trish for shareing your loving SAM with me My heartfelt condolences...Now he is one of our RACING ANGELS....God Bless ..Linda Vaughn
Linda vaughn
December 30, 2008
Dear Sharon & Family,
I have lit a candle for Sam at our Mission Shrine in St. Augustine Florida...He meant the world to my dearest friend, Barb Howerton... I met him only twice and believe him to be willing to help when ever the need arose. A loyal friend...
My prayers to you and your family.
Carolyn L. Anderson (St. Augustine, FL)
Carolyn Anderson
December 30, 2008
Sam was one of the greatest human beings I ever met. Quick to help you out however he could and never asking for anything in return. I will think about him every day until it's my time to go be with him. Will never forget you my friend.
Ryan Grace
December 30, 2008
My Family and I are so sorry to hear about Sam. He was a blessing to my brother Tony and to our Family. He was always there when Tony needed him and even when he didn't. He was Tony's best friend and brother. He will always be in our hearts.

His family and children will always be our in thoughts and prayers. Sam will be missed!!
Tiena Miller-Pennington
December 30, 2008
I am so sorry for your loss of your loved one. I have missed a great opportunity to have known such a wonderful being. It is wonderful to hear of these stories of the joy that he shared with others. What a blessing. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Margaret Sue Turner Wright,
Curtis Turner's Daughter
Margaret Sue Turner Wright
December 30, 2008
My deepest sympathies.
Jay Pees
December 30, 2008
SO sorry to hear of Sam's passing.
Andy & Nancy Thorndike
December 30, 2008

I am so sorry to hear about your brother's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Ron Piasecki
December 30, 2008
I've known Sam & Sharon for amost two decades now. Sam was so full of energy that I often described him as a golf ball that had been hit inside of a small room - bouncing off all the walls, going in all directions! Yes, he did love his cars, but he loved his kids more. Sam touched so many people in his short life and was always looking for ways to help others rather than himself. Sam, you will be missed by many.

Randy & Kay
Randy Kramer
December 29, 2008
I worked in the ponte vedra subway for about three years and I am so shocked to hear this news! Sam was a great man, who was always kind to me. He even paid for my college classes and let me pay him back a little at a time. What a great person to work for! I always say it's never the business that makes going to work worthwhile, it's the people that you work with, and it was always nice to see his smile...I'll never forget him and I pray for his family/kids and friends during this time of grievance.
Alexandra Salisbury
December 29, 2008
Tony and I are still in shock of the news. We have lost a dear friend. I know Tony loved and looked up to Sam so much. He was family. I will remember Sam as always smiling, positive and truly generous in every way. He opened his heart and home when we visited, and I got to see what an amazing father he was to his children. We enjoyed having him visit us and only wish we had been able to see him once again. I loved watching him and Tony joke around. Sam brought so much life and laughter into our lives. I am forever grateful to him for all the advice and brotherly love he extended to Tony. It is a heartbreaking loss that is hard to understand and will not be easy to recover from. In closing we send our heartfelt wishes of comfort, love, and prayers to his children and family. May God give everyone affected by this great loss the comfort and strength needed to see it through. The world has lost one of a kind.
With Love,
Dianne, Tony and Corban
Dianne Quintero
December 29, 2008
We only knew Sam for just over a year, he was always full of life and like a big kid, played with his big toy cars. My wife and I are both in shock by his passing. Nothing can ever prepare us for a sudden loss of friends. Our deepest heartfelt sympathy & prayers go out to the Children, family and his close friends I wish you strength through this very sad & difficult time of loss.
Eric Wade
December 29, 2008
My wife and I are so sorry to hear of Sam's passing. Sam was a saviour to my son Tony in Atlanta when he needed help. What he and his family did for my son was incredible and will always be remembered. When Sam and I talked he would always tell me that he would take care of Tony and that I didn't have to worry.

My son has lost his best friend and the world has lost a good man.
Alan and Julie Miller
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