Sunday, April 17, 2016

Alexander Francis Samas Obituary

As published in the Orange County Register on 18 July 2012:

A loving husband, father and grandfather whose faith guided him through a rewarding life was born into the world Jun 4, 1921...and entered eternal life July 14, 2012.

He was a man of faith, dignity, humor and strength. His love of life was contagious, he brought joy to all he met.

His last big fish landed his picture on a Sport magazine..."86 years young and still sticking the sea bass."

His three "holes in one" made him very proud and someone to respect on the course.

His cooking left everyone asking "what's for dinner"...and, when will you open your own kitchen to the public?" He did in fact cook for the public every day, he delivered his goodies to his loved neighbors, along with a morning joke.

There wasn't a sport he didn't love.

As a young man he grew up in Chicago Heights, studied in the seminary, fought in World War II in the Coast Guard, and was a Golden Glove champion.

He was born of immigrant parents and was raised with ten brothers and sisters. He was proud of his Lithuanian heritage and his family.

He continued to speak that language and support the Lithuanian Catholic Church in Los Angeles throughout his years.

He worked hard his entire life, and had a voice that praised the Lord, his whistle sounded just like the birds.

He was devoted to his wife of 65 years. His love for her was above all! He was the kind of father and grandfather every child should have. He was a good and kind man, yet strong and with unbending character. His love of life, family, and the Lord was an example for all.

He spent his retired years committed to volunteer work at the St. Francis Home in Santa Ana, working to enrich the lives of the Sisters and the residents who meant so much to him.

He was a member of the Elk's Club, the Knights of Columbus, and the President of the St. Francis Guild.

He was a member of the St. Angela Merici parish in Brea for over 30 years and a devout Catholic.

He was a man you could truly lean on and depend on.

He retired as a respected State Farm agent.

He was loved and respected by so many.

He will be missed by all who knew him.

Orange County Register, 18 July 2012

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