Samuel Goodsoozian Obituary (1931 – 2022) – Fresno, CA

Samuel Goodsoozian
April 28, 1931 – May 19, 2022
Fresno, California – Samuel Goodsoozian, 91 was born to Sahag and Arshalous Goodsoozian in Lowell Massachusetts. Sam met the love of his life Gloria in High school, but their story started when she and some of her girlfriends decided to go the YMCA to watch a basketball game. Sam excelled in sports and was Captain of the basketball team. He also excelled in baseball and opted for a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals instead of continuing onto college with a scholarship. They married in March of 1952 and Sam needed to head to spring training so that was their honeymoon. Over the next three years Gloria continued to follow Sam to his new locations. As the seasons became longer and their children started school, Sam chooses his family over baseball and left his baseball career. During his Baseball career he was from time to time the MVP player and during the rest of his life, he was our MVP (Most Valuable Partner and Parent). During the offseason Sam would work a fulltime job and in the evenings referee basketball games and enjoyed racket ball with his friend Herbie. He also enjoyed golf during the months when it wasn’t raining or snowing.
In the late 60’s Sam moved his family to the country and built a home on Hart Pond where Gloria’s family had cottages. A vacant lot was available for Sam to custom build his home. Many a gathering of family and friends enjoyed great times of conversations with great food and Armenian music. Occasionally with live music you would see a Belly Dancer or everyone enjoying line dancing. Sam connected with DeMoulas Supermarket chain from the late 50’s until 1977. To get away from the harsh weather the family moved to California. They arrived in July of 1977 and moved into what would be their home for the next 40 plus years. Sam enjoyed his fruit trees and every summer he would plant tomatoes, Armenian cukes, peppers, and zucchini. After a year off Sam started working for The Fleming Company doing sales calls. He met some wonderful people while he serviced their grocery needs. Sam was a member of the Belmont Country Club for 30 years where he made many great friends and enjoyed golf several times a week. They enjoyed many trips that they took over the years. They still have friends in Vegas that they would see from time to time. Until his late 80’s Sam continued to care for his garden and yard. He decided in his 80’s that the front yard needed to be drought resistant and he spent months laying it out. With the help of his wife and daughter he created a drought free yard. Many neighbors would stop and talk to Sam about what he did to make the yard so beautiful.. He enjoyed doing projects around the house with his son Glen. He will be missed by family and friends, and all the folks back on the East Coast and West Coast that will remember him as a friend and/or family member. Many of his family and friends still remember the great times with Sam and his family. Thank you to Mrs. Scott’s retirement home and the folks that cared for Sam during his final 9 days. A special thank you to all the folks at Ardent Hospice and Palliative Care who provided care and comfort to Sam and our family. To the folks at American Ambulance we thank you for rescuing Sam after he would fall and need assistance. Survived by His wife Gloria of 70 years, his daughter, Sandra Goodsoozian, son Glen Goodsoozian and wife Jennifer. 1 grandchild Amy Bolton and husband Donald. 1 great grandchild Turner Bolton who is following in Grandpa’s footsteps in his first year of T-Ball. Preceded in death by his parents, brother, and daughter Gail. In Lieu of Flowers enjoy your memories of Sam. Private family service

Published by Fresno Bee on Jun. 5, 2022.

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