Samuel B. Orlando
Samuel B. Orlando
Samuel B. Orlando passed away February 19, 2021 at age seventy-seven surrounded by his loving wife of fifty-six years and their thirteen devoted children. Sam, along with his brother, Roy, his Mother, Emma, and his Father, Sam, moved from Detroit, Michigan to California when Sam was a young child. He attended Daniel Webster Middle School and graduated from Stagg High School in 1961. Sam's first job was as an employee at our local Safeway Store. Here he learned the business in which he would later prosper and excel. It was at Safeway, as a teenager, Sam met Marilyn McNoble, the love of his life, future wife and mother of his thirteen beautiful children. Sam and Marilyn were married at Annunciation Catholic Church in 1964. With foresight Sam coaxed his parents into purchasing the old Golden Rule Grocery Store on Main St. and Stanislaus St. in Stockton, CA. From humble beginnings, Sam embarked on a diverse career as an entrepreneur, property manager and business owner. Sam's endeavors led to multiple commercial establishments including Orlando's Deli, gas, grocery and liquor Markets in Stockton, Linden, and Pine Grove. Sam, with his bright, engaging smile, unquenchable energy and high work ethic was forever working on his next project, of which there was no dearth. Every one of his children worked in the business in some capacity by age four. They all loved to go to work with Daddy before dawn and go to breakfast with Grandma Emma. Then Mom had to pick them up because they were tired. Every child was instilled with their Dad's extra strong work ethic. Each child learned to respect the value and dignity of every customer. Many of life's lessons were learned amid the fun, diverse, interesting population at Orlando's 8th and B Street Market. Dad taught all to stock shelves, to clean the store, to sanitize the bathrooms, to check out customers, to check in salesmen, to give change, to count money, to wire money, to open and to close the store business safely and securely. All learned the lottery system, EBT and Food Stamp protocol and the names of sought after liquor, wine, and cigarette brands. Occasionally, in the 70's, the Orlando children could be seen sporting the free cigarette, liquor, or Coca Cola tee shirts provided by ambitious salesmen. Sam and the children quickly established the perfect niche for themselves in the neighborhood they so earnestly and diligently served. Sam became an important and integral part of the lives of those in his business community. Generations came to rely on Sam as a true and honest friend.
As a devout Catholic, Sam has conducted his busy life on the firm moral, foundation and guidelines of the Catholic Church and his Catholic faith. St. Michael's Catholic Church has been Sam's and his family's Church home for decades of Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations, Weddings and Holy Mass celebrations. Sam passionately loved his work and was forever thankful for the blessing of his loving wife and his hard working children. In recent years, son, Sammy, has taken the business to a whole new level. Sam relished the long conversations with his sons and daughters critiquing business strategies, politics, cars, guns, food, dieting etc. His son-in-law, Joey, a noted chef, kept Sam well fed and happy with delicious Italian meals of ribs, garlic bread, salads, pasta, etc. Sam always had a plethora of funny stories to recount as well as great advice to share with family and friends.
Sam loved to discover and to negotiate a good deal of any kind. He welcomed a challenge and would never quit until the job was finished right. He put his heart and soul into every project and always tried to achieve his very best results. Caring, loving, attentive, Sam was the very best husband to Marilyn and a dedicated father to his children. Sam and Marilyn cherished one another in the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony for fifty-six amazing years. Today, Sam's legacy lives on in the spirit and hearts of all of his beloved children. Sammy and Lana are currently engaged in Orlando's Linden Market. Brandon, Jason and Jiovanni are engaged in Orlando's Pine Grove Market. Dante is engaged in Orlando's Downtown Market and Deli. Sherry, Todd, Tara, Danielle, Janai, Jordan, and Chante also give honor to their father's legacy by the way they conduct their lives, emulating Sam's Catholic faith, his love of family, and his willingness to help wherever needed. Sam is forever loved and missed by his grieving wife and children. Sam is survived by his beloved wife, Marilyn, seven sons, six daughters and thirty precious grandchildren: Sammy Orlando (Stephanie), Lana Casciaro (Johnny), Sherry Guidi (Joey), Todd Orlando (Nicki), Tara DalMaso (Alan), Danielle Steuber (Philip), Janai Shock (Tracy), Brandon Orlando (Cecilia), Jason Orlando, Jordan Orlando (Ashley), Jiovanni Orlando, Chante Zimmerman (David), Dante Orlando (Maria). Sam is also survived by one brother, Roy Orlando and five nieces and nephews. Sam was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Sam and Emma Orlando.
I love you, Honey. We love you, Dad.
We miss you. You are forever in our hearts.
Published by The Record from Jun. 30 to Jul. 4, 2021.
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Its my first time hearing of this my deapist condulance to the Orlando family
Sean Rankin
December 26, 2021
Happy Thanksgiving sam and Marilyn. .I sure miss you sam and Mar I hope your doing as well as can be. Happy holidays
Corrie mason
November 22, 2021
I worked for Sam when I was in high school. He will be missed. 8TH And B ST
Jeremiah Blackwell
October 4, 2021
I am saddened to hear of Sam's passing. He always treated everyone with respect and humor. He was a good friend and I will miss him. Rest in peace my friend
wayne Robinson
July 10, 2021
ruben herrera
July 7, 2021
Condolences and prayers of Christs comfort and helps to the Orlando family. Brought so much to the communities in which he served especially the 8th & B store in which myself and family grew up shopping there during our lunch and after school times. Always cheerful along with his family and staff. He left a strong legacy of work ethnics, family and faith. Dante (Maria)(Orlando's downtown) your a testament to this. God bless.
Joseph Tabangcura (Pastor)
July 7, 2021
We just learned of Sam´s passing today, July , 5th. We are so. Dry sorry to learn of his passing. Our family have known Sam, Marilyn and his beautiful family, for years. We will pray for Sam, and his family. All our love-Joe and Connie Rishwain, and family
Joe and Connie Rishwain and family
July 5, 2021
I am so sorry. I have wonderful memories living and growing up across the street from the family on Pomona. Still refer to the Orlando house. Cherish your memories. My prayers are with you all.
July 4, 2021
Our prayers and condolences go out to the Orlando Family,he was such a nice and generous person. Sam May You RIP Lorina Cruz and Family
July 3, 2021
Love Mike and Bernardine Smith
July 2, 2021
My sincere condolences to the Orlando family. Your Dad was a great Man and a legacy, so much to be proud of! I must tell you Sammy you are who you are today because of your roots. You always so personable another characteristic of your Dad ! May he rest in Heaven
Mary Vigna
July 1, 2021
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