Se­bas­tian “Sam” Cimino

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

Passed away peace­fully in his home on Oc­to­ber 4, 2018, at age 93. Sam was born in Tampa, Flor­ida to Sal­va­tore and Rosa Cimino, Si­cil­ian im­mi­grants, on Septem­ber 6, 1925. He proudly served in the NAVY from 1944-1946. In 1947, he mar­ried Olga Tor­res and drove across coun­try to San Fran­cisco in 1950. Sam was hap­pily mar­ried for 71 years and cared for Olga for many years when she de­vel­oped Alzheimer’s.

Be­sides work­ing for South­ern Pa­cific RR, Sam was a bar­tender at sev­eral SF bars as well as own­ing his own bar, the Via Vai, with his brother Peter. Sam loved to tell sto­ries, play racket ball, was fiercely com­pet­i­tive, and a loyal fan of the SF 49ers and Gi­ants. He was a role model/fa­ther fig­ure for many.

Sam is sur­vived by his wife, Olga, and his daugh­ters: Linda (Frank) Cook­son, Diana (Mike) Burleson, Cyn­thia (Orestes) Hnatt; grand­chil­dren: Scott (Nicole) Cook­son, Lisa (Kevin) Kerr, Chad (Nicole) Burleson, Shan­non Burleson, Krista (Steven) Barber, and Rachael (Adam An­drew) Hnatt; 8 great-grand­chil­dren from the ages of 14 to 2 years; sis­ter-in-law Leila Whit­mire; plus many beloved nieces and neph­ews. Sam was pre­de­ceased by his brother, Peter Cimino, his broth­erin-law Joseph Hayden, and his re­cently de­ceased sis­ter, Kather­ine Hayden.

A Memo­rial Ser­vice and Cel­e­bra­tion of Life will be held at 11:00am on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 15, 2018 at Dug­gan’s Serra Mor­tu­ary, 500 West­lake Ave., Daly City fol­lowed by the burial at Holy Cross Ceme­tery, Colma.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions can be made to The Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion, https://alz.org/

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