Passages: Sam Sause, 1936-2014

Passages: Sam Sause, 1936-2014

Submitted by Jolene Mitchell

Born in Stayton, Ore. to Henry and Martha Painton Sause, Sam was a gentle, loving man who touched the lives of many here in our Alameda community and beyond our Island home. At Christ Episcopal Church, Sam was beloved by everyone while he served in most of its ministries with steadfastness and selfless devotion, including that of senior warden.

His compassion for others reached beyond the doors of his church to the Seafarers Ministry, where he reached out to those who sail for months on end without contact beyond their ships. Sam helped shepherd these sailors to the Oakland center where they could worship, shop and connect with families across the sea via phone and Internet.

At the Rotary Club of Alameda, he participated in a wide range of programs from facilitating grants for local organizations to establishing micro-banking and water projects in Central America. The Navy League was a lifelong passion for Sam, where he supported those who go to sea in the service of protecting us all. He took special satisfaction in helping the youngsters of the Navy League, who find support and career openings through their programs. More recently, his boundless energy found him assisting the Alameda Point Collaborative, a supportive housing community that helps families and individuals break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

Sam owned Grand Transport, which he operated from his home office for 25 years, moving a diverse range of freight around the world. He likened this vocation to detective work, figuring out how to package and ship complicated freight for the best price to the best port. These challenges kept him working until his death.

Sam married Helen Perkins on February 29, 1964, and they made Alameda their home for more than 50 years, raising their three children here. Sam and Helen loved to travel and recently were able to check off some long-awaited bucket list items, including touring Alaska and visiting Columbia and Peru.

When not enjoying time with their two cats, Sam loved reading, watching movies and taking walks, which he did every day, treasuring his excellent health and zest for making new friends he might meet along the way. He continued to stay in touch with those he went to school with years ago in Oregon.

It is a testament to Sam that stories of his kindness and gentle assistance to anyone he encountered in his life continue to pour in each day. He will be incredibly missed.

Sam was the beloved husband of Helen Sause; father of Paula Sause Conway, David (Cheryl) Sause and Carole Sause McClintock; grandfather of Theresa, Debbie, Jolene Mitchell, Campbell, Malcolm and Hunter; brother of Mary, Anne, Sara, Catherine, Richard, Steve and Roger.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at noon on Saturday, January 10, 2015, at Christ Episcopal Church, 1700 Santa Clara Avenue. Donations in Sam’s honor may be made to the Alameda Point Collaborative, the Rotary Club of Alameda or the Seamen’s Church Institute — Bay Area Center.

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