Coincidentally, Sam's Windemere roommate (and partner-in-mischief-and-good-times in Unit 2, from what I hear), died yesterday morning. When I read John Mayhew's obituary this morning in the Vineyard paper I thought, "Oh dear, Sam will be next." Within the hour, my sister-in-law called with the news of Sam's passing. So yes, you are reading this correctly: John died in the morning, his roommate and pal, Sam, died that night.
Life - and death - continue, at the very least, to fascinate me.
Sam was very proud of his military service and his involvement with the American Legion. This was taken in July of 2005.
Rest in peace, Sam.
Update, January 18, 2012.
I have added the obituary that appeared in the Vineyard newspapers, which I have amended to include his Thibodeau family survivors.
Saverio (Sam) J. Riccio, a resident of Edgartown for many years, and most recently of Oak Bluffs, died on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. He was 94.
Sam was born on June 11, 1917 in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Leonardo Riccio and Katrina Senatore Riccio. He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy Viens (Thibodeau) Riccio, and his brothers, Leo, Thomas and Tony.
He was a WWII Army veteran, honorably discharged in 1945 after having served in the Philippines. Sam served as the weigh-master for the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby for many years, and was also employed by the Edgartown Harbormaster department as a wharfinger, tending to the many boats that tied up at the finger piers during the summer and making friends with the boaters and the steady stream of people who visited the docks - a job he loved and for which he was well suited and much appreciated.
Sam leaves behind his beloved daughters, Francine Stavola and Marie Mahoney, both of Connecticut, granddaughters Dina Stavola and Claudia Stavola Smith and her husband, Steve, of Connecticut, and great-granddaughter Sabrina Stavola of Connecticut; several nieces and nephews, as well as a step-daughter, Linda Benoit, of West Tisbury and a step-son, Edgar Thibodeau, of Connecticut; thirteen step-grandchildren: Jeffery and Craig Thibodeau and Danielle Kiro; Heather and Jessica Thibodeau and Amanda Adams; Eric and Keith Basset, Juliette Talbot, and Babette Benoit; Adam, Jonathan, and Maria Thibodeau, who, with their families, are spread out from Martha's Vineyard to Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Texas. Sam also leaves behind fourteen Thibodeau great-grandchildren and two great-greats.
He also leaves behind his dear friend, Richard Jennings and his wife, Carol Jennings, of Vineyard Haven, and many friends on the Island, all who will miss Sam very much. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Sam's name to a charity of your choice.
A memorial mass and burial followed by a celebration honoring Sam's life is being planned for early April. For more information, please e-mail Dick Jennings: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Pat Carlet: email@example.com.