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Demaine Funeral Home

5308 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA

OBITUARY

Samuel Stephen Gonzales

June 1, 1955June 25, 2020

Samuel (Sammy) Stephen Gonzales, of Springfield, Virginia, passed away peacefully after battling cancer for 4 years, on Thursday, June 25, 2020. He was surrounded by his loving family. He was born on June 1, 1955 to Samuel E. Gonzales and Nancy L. Gonzales. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Linda Stocks as well as Warren and Sis Sheaffer (Terri’s parents). He was a board member of his church, St. John’s Methodist Church. Sammy is survived by his wife Terri of 38 years, daughters Nicole Acevedo (Will), Brittani Gonzales, grandson William Stephen Acevedo, sisters Brenda Gonzales and Anna Putze (Gery), brother Danny Gonzales as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. Sammy was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to everyone. Sammy loved sports and really enjoyed being able to see the Washington Nationals win the World Series in October. He also enjoyed basketball, football, and hockey. He worked in the roofing business for over 40 years, but he was forced to give up the career he loved due to his health. He spent his free time gardening, fishing, hunting, bowling, and especially playing with his grandson. He enjoyed watching various sport games live and on TV with his daughter Brittani and dancing with his wife Terri. Sammy loved his family. He always had a smile on his face and was willing to help others in need. A special thank you to the people at Capital Caring Hospice for their loving care and support during his final days. Also, the family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude towards Demaine Funeral home for being very accommodating and understanding during this difficult time. Services will be held at a later date.

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Casey and Craig Delaney

July 2, 2020

While we did not know Sammy very well, from the wonderful daughter he raised in Brittani, you can tell he was a special man and great dad. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

The Delaney Family

Nancy J Clark

July 2, 2020

It seems like yesterday we were all just kids growing up on Old Colchester Road. Carefree, surrounded by nature, loving life.

Some of my fonder memories include the Red Road, the hill down to the river, Crawford's pond, mini bikes, Devil's Backbone, playing football barefoot in the wet grass, even my Grandmother's little country store.

The boys in the neighborhood were our brothers, our protectors. You were one of the best. Easy going, always smiling.

Being friends with Anna, I had special access to you. We snuck into your room when you were out and listened to your Beatle Albums, on your waterbed. We stole your perfectly broken in Levi's and fought over who got to wear them to school the next day. I idolized you really. You were the big brother I never had.

I cherish my memories of growing up as part of your family. I know you are in heaven now, carefree again.

Love to the Gonzales family during this incredibly difficult time.

Odis (Buddy) Rose

July 1, 2020

Terri and family please except my heart felt condolences. I know Sammy is in a better place and isn't in any pain anymore. Sammy was more than a friend to me, he was like another brother. Although we hadn't talked in years, when ever we did we always picked up like it was yesterday. Sammy and I first became friends in first grade so we had a long bond. Terri you made him a happy and proud man with you, than his daughters and then finally his grandkids. It was always easy to spot Sammy with that smile, one I will always remember. So in closing I am not going to say goodbye to Sammy, but see you around. I know you are watching over all of us. My prayers to all of the Gonzales family. Hugs Always.

Jeff Millsaps

June 30, 2020

I remember coming over to watch the Skins play the cowboys when you and Terri were first married. What fun we had ganging up on Terri! RIP My friend.

Cynthia Hastings-Elliott

June 30, 2020

Sammie, you were my boss and most of all my friend. I feel privileged to have been a part of your life. Every Friday at work you used to say “you fly, I’ll buy”. Always a smile and a kind word . We would laugh and play March Madness. By the way I was ahead of you at one time but, we both lost the pot! I will always remember you and Terri, the pictures of you guys at the White House Christmas lighting. You are now an Angel and I will miss my friend. My deepest sympathy to Terri, the girls and the rest of your family. Love you big guy!!!!

Cindy Paullin

June 30, 2020

Dear Sammy in heaven, Mark and I are so very fond of the times where we all laughed and enjoyed each other‘s company from the early days all the way through 2020. When we think of you we smile. We will miss you and we have great respect for you as a father and a grandfather a husband and a friend to many. You will always be missed here on earth. May your journey to the next life in heaven be as beautiful as one can imagine because you deserve all the love and peace to come., with Love, Cindy and Mark

Mary Jackson

June 29, 2020

Sammy, all the wonderful memories I have of you. When you first met Warren I felt so sorry for you, thought you would never make it. You being the great person you are won him over and he loved you so much, even shared his love of boating and crabs. Sis loved you from the beginning.
Just to know you was to love you, your personality was terrific and I loved you too. You were a good friend, father, neighbor, And husband. God blessed us with you and I will meet you again in Heaven

Julie Turner

June 29, 2020

Sending my deepest sympathy to the family. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Wayne McCleese

June 29, 2020

Sammy you will be missed by many with out a doubt in my mind. I worked many years with this guy and he would literally give you the shirt of his back. I worked, hunted, played went on vacation with Sam and had many good times. My deepest condolences to Terri and the family.

Debbie Heitzer

June 29, 2020

We are so sorry to have lost such a great person, husband and friend. It has been a blessing to have known you and you will be dearly missed by so many. We love and miss you Sam, always.

FROM THE FAMILY