Issam I. Totah
April 17, 1946 – November 29, 2019
It is with great sadness that the family of Issam (Sam) Ishaq Totah’s announces his passing on Friday, November 29, 2019. He passed away at the age of 73 in San Jose, comfortably in his home.
Sam was born on April 17, 1946 in Ramallah, Palestine. He immigrated to the United States in 1950. He has been a Bay Area native since, living in San Francisco and San Jose as a businessman in the food service industry a majority of his career.
Sam had a passion for traveling and collecting things, most notably his collection for sail boats. Sam loved the open seas and going on cruises to South America, Alaska, the Carribean, Australia, Croatia and many other adventures with his daughters.
Sam was preceded in death by his parents Ishaq and Nijmeh Totah, his loving wife Margo Totah, and his brother Ibrahim Totah. He will forever be remembered by his children Ishaq, Rima, Sasha and Joann, his brother Henry, and sister Norma. Sam leaves behind his four-legged best friend Duke who was there to comfort him in the end.
A rosary will be held at on Thursday December 5th at Lima Family Santa Clara Mortuary - 466 North Winchester Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95050
A funeral service will be held on Friday December 6th at 11am at St. Justin’s Parish - 2655 Homestead Rd. Santa Clara, CA 95051
A reception following the burial will be at 2pm at St. Justin's Parish.
- Visitation Thursday, December 5, 2019
- Rosary Thursday, December 5, 2019
- Funeral Mass Friday, December 6, 2019
Issam I. Totah
December 3, 2019
How does one say goodbye to a long time friend? You don't; you just keep him alive in your heart. Sam has never been far from me in life and not now more then a memory away.
Our adventures were many I will tell you of just two. Sam would close his store and we would head fo Reno, gamble all night and be back time to open his store the next morning.
Our last road trip took us to Canada and return via Idaho. we stopped at every casino and train shop we could find. we suffered engine trouble, saw a dope smuggler arrested, a bar room brawl and managed to get lost. Its been a long journey for Sam and I with many stops along the way.
Another item I would like to touch on is Samism's. A Samism is a Special style of speech coined by Sam. " O my gods" is an example. Order another drink or two or take a nap was "wait a minute". One of our favorites is "stroke the fire". I was building up the fire in the wood stove and I said to Sam "I'll stoke the fire". He said "your going to STROKE the fire?" Around our house its been "stroke the fire" ever Since.
He did it his way.-----Think Sinatra
Sam you made me smile.
December 2, 2019
I love Sam Totah
My life long friend.
First met in kindergarten in San Francisco, Then Mission Dolores grade school , high school, and college.
I will miss him every day of my life.
We teased each other for 65 years he was a great sport.