Our dad Sam passed away peacefully on Tuesday September 27, 2011 in the presence of his son Mark and daughter Cathy, after a short struggle with cancer. He was 86 years old.
Sam was born August 14, 1925 in New Orleans and spent the early part of his life there. He moved to Pueblo Colorado around the age of 6 and grew up there graduating High School at “The Abbey” in Canon City. Upon graduation he was anxious to join the service as most young men were at the start of WWII, so he enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17. He proudly served his country until the end of the war.
After the war, he moved to Santa Monica California where he opened a Texaco station in Santa Monica and operated it for a few years until the gas wars hit. He had been in Hawaii briefly during the war and was very intrigued by the Islands so in 1958 he moved to Oahu and opened a Chevron Station in Kailua. His plan was to stay for 3 years then return to Santa Monica. 53 years later he was still in Hawaii!
Sam Spoone’s Onewa Service in Kailua opened New Years eve 1959. He operated that station for about 8 years then a new opportunity enabled him to open the Waialae-Kahala station, which as I am sure a lot of you remember, was Sam Spoone’s Waialae Service. He operated that station until retiring in1986.
Sam embraced the lifestyle and diverse culture of the Islands and quickly became part of the local daily fabric of his community. He loved these Islands and called them home.
He lived his life humbly and with dignity, showing compassion, care and generosity to all. He believed in treating people with fairness and respect. He was scrupulous in his dealings with customers and friends. These are the tenets he lived by. It always amazed him when he was out and about that folks would recognize him and say “Hi Sam!” He just never got over that and it made him very happy.
Sam is survived by his daughter Catherine (Cathy) Spoone- Griffin, Son, Samuel “Mark” Spoone, son in Law James Griffin, daughter in law Minda Spoone and their kids (grandkids) Rylan and Gryphon Spoone.
On behalf of our father Sam, we, Cathy and Mark, would like to thank you, his friends, customers and neighbors of this magical state he loved so much for your friendship, care and concern. We try to live our lives every day by the examples he set. Mahalo.
Celebration of Life to be held Saturday October 15th from 1-3:30pm at the Kahala Hilton.
Please join us in celebrating a life well lived.