Friends Remembered.....


Sammy Thompson
Sept 26, 1956 - May 8, 1973


His brilliance and inspiration

continues to live on in those

who loved him


Samuel Lewis Thompson graduated from Balboa High School at the age of 16 in 1972. His parents Tommy and Gina Thompson sponsored the Amador teen club. Sammy had 2 brothers, Stuart and Steve plus three sisters, Bonnie, Elissa and Elaina. Their family lived in Cocoli, later moved to Ft Kobbe and lastly Gamboa which Sammy loved. He aspired to be a canal Pilot and at the age of 15 had passed the exam. He had extraordinary brilliance with an IQ above genius level. Sammy's future was cut short at the age of 17 while riding his motorcycle down a hill near his house in Gamboa. Although he was wearing a helmet when his head struck the light post, the helmet caused a fatal head injury from which Sammy did not survive.

Sammy's father Tommy died June 1998 after a long illness. Gina still lives in Arkansas near Daughter Elaina and son Stuart. Steve became a Canal Pilot and now lives near Detroit Michigan with his family where he is a Port Commander. Elissa lives in Austin working for the Texas department of transportation with her daughter who has also shown an extraordinarily high IQ as well. Bonnie is an officer in the military. All of Sammy's siblings are bright, successful and accomplished. A family that any parent would be proud to have. A magnificent hand painted portrait of Sammy is displayed in the entry way of his parent's home. You can feel his presence in the thoughts of his family.


Ricky McDaniels

Mar 25, 1955 - Dec 1980

Colorado Springs 1972 Canal Zone 1970

A very caring , dedicated

and thoughtful friend


Patrick Richard McDaniels lived in the Canal Zone on Howard Air Force Base from 1969 to 1971 with his parents, brother Marty, sister Kathy and younger siblings.  After the Canal Zone, Ricky's family moved to Colorado Springs, CO. Ricky joined the military and later returned to Colorado where he married and had one son. Ricky died in an auto accident in the fog near Denver at the age of 25 while driving home from work near the Christmas holidays. His brother Marty still lives in Colorado. His sister Kathy married , moved to Alabama and raised 4 children.


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