[NSRCA-discussion] Sam Turner
HNYCMPSTS at aol.com
HNYCMPSTS at aol.com
Sun Nov 20 17:33:16 AKST 2011
Thanks for sending this to us. I knew Sam back in the old Rossi days when I
was flying pattern. Sam was one of the nicest people you would ever meet.
He would do anything to help you and would literally give you the shirt off
his back. Sam was always inventing some new gadget for us to use and was a
huge pattern supporter.
It saddens me to hear the loss of a great friend.
In a message dated 11/16/2011 10:37:13 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
vanputte at cox.net writes:
Many of you knew Sam and I'm passing this on to you.
Ron Van Putte
It is with great sorrow I report to you a dear and old friend since I was
15 years old has passed away. It is my understanding that Sam passed away
in Tennessee with his older half brother at his side September 8th 2011 at a
local hospice at age 62. I have been trying to track Sam down for the last
year and stumbled upon his younger brothers web site. Ronnie gave me his
phone number and I tried a few times leaving messages for Sam and he never
returned the calls, he was very sick. Ronnie mentioned that Sam had had a
VERY rough time the last three years. It seems he got married then divorced,
his house went into foreclosure and had complete kidney failure. I surmise
knowing Sam (Rai as the ones very close to him and I knew him) his health
was the issue that caused this series of unfortunate events. It is also my
understanding he was awaiting a kidney transplant and did not make it in
time. Ronnie also mentioned his remains were cremated.
When I was about 15 years old I had been involved in r/c for about 2 years
and was having a tough time with success in the hobby with no locale
guidance. Sam and his family moved in across the street from me in Pembroke
Pines Florida from Pensacola Florida when I was about 15 years old (1968). Sam
was going to FSU and was about 19 years old. He of course was flying R/C
also with some success using tube radio systems. Obviously we hit it off as
friends rite away. His dad (Herschel) was the new Chief Controller at North
Perry Airport in the heyday of student flight training which I was also
doing. My dad was also a pilot so we all had a lot in common.
In my heart I feel that Sam deserved an ending so much better than this.
He has gone through many years of personal suffering that many of his
friends in the R/C world never knew. I have always thought of him almost every
day of my life and what kind of good kind person he was and the deep
friendship bond we had when we were youngsters in a cow pasture flying models.
Lake City, Florida
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