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Memorial service for Sam Webster set for Sunday

Original post made on Feb 19, 2013

A memorial service will be held Sunday for Palo Alto businessman and community booster Sam Webster, who died early Monday at 95.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 9:57 AM

Comments (17)

Posted by Chuck Piercey, a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 19, 2013 at 11:11 am

We moved into The Hamilton in April 2012 and have only known Sam & Kim for about 10 months. They were both an inspiration and we are truly saddened at Sam's passing. W wonderful, positive, upbeat gentleman!


Posted by roger smith, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 19, 2013 at 11:16 am

sam was a big part of palo alto and will be missed by all of us.


Posted by Carol Gilbert, a resident of University South
on Feb 19, 2013 at 11:21 am

My husband and I are residents of The Hamilton also. It was a dream of Sam's that he made a reality with his partners that all of us benefit from. He was an extraordinarily positive man with an unmatched energy level. We will miss his presence every day.


Posted by Dick Maser, a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 19, 2013 at 11:22 am

Sam Webster was a true mensch in every way!! He will be sorely missed. Dick Maser


Posted by Gracie, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 19, 2013 at 11:39 am

Sam Webster was a wonderful example of the "Greatest Generation." A true patriot. We've lost a piece of Palo Alto history.


Posted by anne, a resident of Green Acres
on Feb 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm

I am extremely grateful for his service and contributions to our nation and our community. My deep sympathies to his family.


Posted by Debbie Ford-Scriba, a resident of another community
on Feb 19, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I echo all the above comments. Great man. Great life. Great loss. RIP, Sam Webster.


Posted by Bill & Barbara Busse, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 19, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Sanford, Sammy, Sam Webster....What a lovable guy! He was a giant of a man whom we will miss tremendously. RIP Sam!


Posted by Kathy Sherman, a resident of Gunn High School
on Feb 19, 2013 at 4:35 pm

On behalf of my parents, Sy and Bess, we send our condolences to Kim and the family. My parents greatly admired Sam and were terribly sad to have to move away from The Hamilton after almost 10 years there.


Posted by John Hanna, a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 19, 2013 at 5:42 pm

A long time friend and ardent admirer of Sam, I mourn his passing. My sincere condolences to Kim.
John Hanna.ZSGdQ


Posted by Roger Stuhlmuller, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 19, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Sam was an incredible man; an inspiration
to me in so many ways. I'm sad at his loss
he can never be replaced in my life.


Posted by Ninna Traugott, a resident of Duveneck School
on Feb 19, 2013 at 7:38 pm

My heart goes out to Kim and the family.Please accept my sincere condolences.


Posted by Chris Gaither, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 20, 2013 at 8:20 am

Sam Webster was a true humanitarian, people person, and one who accomplished many meaningful works. In his long list of real estate developments throughout Palo Alto, it should be noted that he was one of the pioneers to build, manage and own affordable housing in Palo Alto. Once again, being ahead of the curve in seeking Section 8 contracts with HUD for two such properties, which still house and serve some of this community's low-income residents. I am also proud to note that he signed my paychecks for ten years during the 1990's. Rest in Peace Sam. You did great works, and helped many people in your life time. Peace be with your family.


Posted by Bill Phillips, a resident of Woodside
on Feb 20, 2013 at 11:50 am

Sam was a true American and gentlemen in every facet of his life. His service to our great country and our wonderful community was just part of his incredible life. His ever-present optimism was his "calling card". Sam was an inspiration to me and anyone whom he came in contact with. Our hearts go out to his family. He will be dearly missed. Heaven just received a wonderful new spirit!


Posted by Laurie Hunter and Jonathan MacQuitty, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 21, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Sam was our next-door neighbor for many years. What a guy! Energy, intellect, good humor, devotion to his wife Kim ! We had some really fun times together. I remembering his asking my British husband Jonathan to give him and his friend Duane Kalar lessons to be "British butlers" at a charity fundraiser. A great family, a great man. We will miss him!


Posted by Marlena Corcoran, a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 10, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Goodbye, Sam. Love, Marlena


Posted by Siobhan Rhea Surraco, a resident of another community
on Mar 27, 2014 at 11:45 pm

I had the pleasure of working for the Websters and so enjoyed Sam's sense of humor, always greeting me with a "hello Shaboom, Shaboom"!
His number one focus and love for Kim is the stuff of the greatest love stories and my love and prayers go out to her.
"Mr Palo Alto"will be remembered always


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