Sammy had quite a full life. He lived to be 96 years old. In spite of coming from very poor parents, he was the only one of four children to finish college, and did it by himself, always working and caring for his mother, too. Sammy loved to joke about not getting a middle name, his parents were just too poor to afford one. He was in World War II, and then continued in the Reserves at Ellington Air Force Base, and moved up to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After the war, he became a teacher for HISD. Sammy was the best Algebra teacher in Houston for 35 years and retired there. He married at age 40. Sammy and Helen were quite the couple. Of course, Sammy was the boss and Helen was the follower. They were married for almost 56 years. Sammy liked the younger gals and Helen liked older guys, so it worked out perfectly, as they were 17 years apart. Sammy and Helen also sold real estate together, and were quite successful. Sammy loved fishing and taught Helen how to fish. They became avid fisherman, and always had plenty of fish for family and friends. Sammy also loved gardening. He grew more vegetables than the family could eat, so that he could share the abundance with many neighbors. Sammy’s biggest accomplishment was his exercise program. He jogged, worked, and exercised religiously for over 55 years- rain, sleet or snow. He was never lazy. After retirement from teaching, Sammy and Helen enjoyed traveling and cruises. Besides his wife Helen, he is survived by two children, son Steve and wife Shannon and daughter Taylor, plus four grandchildren who he was so proud of (Michael, Amanda, Ally and Casey). Sammy will truly be missed by all who loved him, especially Helen. Sammy definitely made an impact on all the people who came in contact with him. May he rest in peace. Amen
A Graveside service was held Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Beth Yeshurun Post Oak Cemetery.