Yvette Elliard (Elliard-Liburd)
Who doesn't remember Sammy.....RIP
I remember Sammy dancing on top of the [ice cream] freezer when everyone in the cafeteria revolted due to the administration making a decision to not sell us the 12 cent vanilla sandwiches for that day. Next thing I hear is that he is in jail for manslaughter. Crazy guy, completely uncontrollable.
I REMEMBER GOING TO VISIT SAMMY BACK IN ABOUT 1974 ON A SNOW DAY. HE LIVED IN A BIG GREY HOUSE IF IM CORRECT.HE HAD A LARGE FAMILY. IT WAS NEAR BURLINGTON AVE OR VILLA. ACROSS FROM SAMMYS HOUSE WAS A SUMP.THERE WAS A WHOLE IN THE FENCE WE CLIMBED THROUGH.WE TOOK GARBAGE PAIL COVERS AND USED THEM AS SLEDS AND WE SPENT HOURS TILL IT GOT DARK OUT GOING UP AND DOWN THE SIDES OF THE SNOW COVERED SUMP WALLS. SAMMY ALWAYS USED TO SING. HE HAD A GREAT VOICE. HE REMINDED ME OF MICHAEL JACKSON.I USED TO PLAY THE GUITAR AND WE EVEN STARTED A BAND WITH RONNIE BRINES WHO LIVED CLOSE BY.RONNIES DAD OWNED THE MUSIC STORE ON DEERPARK AVENUE BACK THEN. NOT FAR FROM THEM LIVED MATHEW GRANT ON 8 DECY STREET. WE WERE IN INDUSTRIAL ARTS PRINTING CLASS TOGETHER AND GOOD FRIENDS BUT AFTER SCHOOL I HAVENT SEEN ANY OF THEM. THEY ARE MISSED.........
Fran Rannazzisi (Gagliardo)
He really was a fun guy. RIP
I sang in chorus with Sammy - he was an amazing talent. Sometimes he would sit at the piano and play - all improvised. He was a terrific upbeat guy and I am so sorry that he's not here with us today.