Samuel Rivaldo

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  • When I first met Sam sometime in 1979 I believe. it was at an awkward time. My parents and I were having a problem with the neighbors downstairs who were blasting their music too loud. In vengeance, I blasted my Pioneer stereo system with 150 watts of power, with 15-inch subwoofers. By the time the police came to my door, I had the music shut off and they said you don’t seem to be causing any problem here at all. My cousin Francine and her newlywed husband, Sam, showed up in the middle of the ruckus. Sam was laughing out loud! Right then and there, he mentioned that he loves our family. He always remembered and brought up that day we all met. For those who knew Sam well, whenever he was frustrated, he would say to me, “I hate people”. Well…I knew that he didn’t really hate people. He was just upset with arrogant and ignorant people at times. Sam would be happy to do anything I needed and vice versa. I’ll never forget the time I lost my keys in Mt Charleston on a blistering cold day after a snowstorm. When I called home looking for someone to come up there with the extra set of keys, Sam was right there on the spot. I would never ask Sam for anything when giving him a ride or picking him up from the hospital or wherever. He would always return the favor. We spent some good times back in the day. He never played golf before and I took him to play golf. We were both curious about Area 51 so we took a ride up there and spent some time snooping around. We went to the mountains for the day to have a nice barbeque on a Summer day, in the fresh and cool mountain air. (I will have to post a photo of that when I dig it out of my photo box) We went to Valley Of Fire. I have photos of that somewhere also. Sam always liked to show me the new gadgets that he got. That is something that has always interested me also. Sam will be missed, but the memories will always remain.

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  • It is still incomprehensible that you are gone. You were the best big brother that I could have ever wished for. I hope you’re up there with everyone. I’ll love and miss you forever. 💔

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