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Covell Funeral Home

232 East State Street, Traverse City, MI

OBITUARY

Samuel David Cenci

September 16, 1984May 4, 2020
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Sam Cenci, 35, of Traverse City, was lifted up by the angels to Heaven on April 10 after suffering from a long term illness. We will remember forever his wry smile and sense of humor, kindness, helpfulness and devotion to his daughter Ava whom he loved more than anything or anyone on earth. Sam loved to encourage his daughter to do well in school, and enjoyed helping her with her homework unless it was math! Together they enjoyed the Cherry, and Trout festivals, and going to the County Fair, adventures at Great Wolf Lodge, Michigan Adventure, and tubing at Holiday Hills. We remember the laughter our family shared with him over board games, cards, and making the infamous gingerbread houses at Christmas! Handsome, yet humble, Sam had a melodic voice and played the guitar, was athletic, playing soccer as a youth and ran track, and enjoyed golfing, but his favorite winter sport was snowboarding which he loved. Sam attended NMC, and was an avid creator of drawings, and liked to write. He loved being out in nature and walking the trails at Lake Dubonnet, taking trips to Florida, and studying the existence or non-existence of aliens! Sam was always willing to share the chores around the house wherever he was living. He was grateful for his many friends, his daughter's mother, Jessica Graham, and the many sponsors who helped him in his recovery, and the sponsor who led Sam to the Lord. He loved his grandmother with whom he is now rejoicing in heaven. Sam would love for his life to be honored by encouraging, affirming and seeing the gifts and strengths in one another. Sam is survived by his mother and father, Carol and Bob Cenci of Traverse City, his brother Matt Cenci and sister-in-law Danielle Cenci of Grand Rapids, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, and his beloved daughter Ava Rose Graham who will always remain the apple of his eye. He was preceded in death by his Grandmother Delia and Earl Cenci of Royal Oak, Michigan, and his Grandmother and Grandfather Betty and Torres Sebring. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a private service and interment will be planned for at the Long Lake Cemetery. A celebration of Sam’s life will be tentatively planned in late summer or fall.

Contributions in Samuel's memory may be made to Fr. Fred Foundation, 826 Hastings Street, Traverse City, Michigan 49686 US; and State and BijouTheatres TCFF, PO Box 4064, Traverse City, Michigan 49685 US.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.covelltraversecity.com for the Cenci family.

  • DONATIONS

  • Fr. Fred Foundation
  • State or Bijou Theatres TCFF

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Pamela Lynch

May 23, 2020

The world was a better place with Sam. He was a brilliant mind, inquisitive as they come. He loved Ava more than words can express, and was so very proud of her. I’m glad to have had the honor to know him.

Diane Reed

May 23, 2020

Bob, Carol, and Matt,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Sam. Although we have lost touch over the years, I will always remember them from their early years. Even after my mom was no longer looking after them, she spoke of them as though they were family. I remember how much love they showed toward Mr. and Mrs. Ami, and looked forward to their time together.

Barb Valesano

May 22, 2020

Carol & Bob & Matt,
So very sorry to hear about Sam; I am thinking of you all during this difficult time. I'm sure he was greeted in heaven with arms wide open by Mr. & Mrs. Ami. They thought the world of both Sam & Matt and shared stories about them year after year. After my mom passed in 2019, I was cleaning out her house and came across the book that Sam & Matt put together entitled "This Is Your Life Ami". It was so sweet and a great reminder of the many special moments they shared.
Take care, Barb (Amidon) Valesano

Kody Kline

May 22, 2020

I remember having math with Sam. We sat next to each other. He was always smiling with a face full of braces. He was quite adorable. We also rode the bus together. I also have the pleasure to know his amazing daughter. My thoughts and prayers are with your whole family. As sad as I am to hear of his passing I'm comforted to know his restless soul is finally at peace.

Jodi Stinnet

May 17, 2020

Bob and Carol,
I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know your son but I knew both of you. I am sure he was a remarkable man. I am keeping both you and your family in my thoughts. Wishing you peace in the future.
Jodi Stinnet

Cheryl Boros

May 12, 2020

Heartfelt condolences for our long term neighbors in Traverse City. We are so sorry for the loss of Sam. May he rest in peace.
Cheryl and Jerry Boros

Joseph Snyder

May 7, 2020

Very sorry for your loss. May you find peace through these difficult times.

I will always remember the good times when our families all played on the beach together.

Beth Snyder

May 7, 2020

I’m so very, very sorry for your loss. May Sam rest in peace with our Heavenly Father.

Rasa Baker

May 6, 2020

I remember Sam as a student at Westwood’s Elementary School. He was a darling boy, quiet, very bright and curious. I will remember his sweet smile from that young age. May Sam rest peacefully now in Paradise, fully restored in spirit. My sincere condolences to his family,

Rasa Baker
Lake Ann, Michigan

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