Felix ‘Sam’ Sambogna

Felix Sambogna, age 89, passed away on September 24, 2021. A funeral mass will be held for Sam at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 15, 2021 at Saint Mary Catholic Church located at 110 St Mary Ave SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548. They ask that we try to maintain social-distancing during the mass.

Your prayers and condolences are appreciated and comforting to his family.


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"Sam was a constant from the first time I walked into the HQ ACA building. A buddy with John Grove, he had his heart in Appalachian relief efforts, Bless the Children global charities, the John Grove School support, a zillion shipments of goods and medical supplies that went all over our hemisphere as well as supporting Christmas Wish while it endured and supporting fresh water projects in Thailand that started years ago by SOF forces during the SEA conflict. Sam provided steady leadership/management of the McCoskrie Threshold Foundation until its termination this year. He was an inspiration to all of us and a challenge for each of us to run as well as we can, as far and fast as we can for just as long as we can. I will miss that bright light."
--Steve Connelly

"Sam was one of the good guys — a big heart, a true listener, and giving friend to so many."
--Norm Brozenick

"What a blessing and an honor to know and work with him. Always a kind word! Hope next time we are all together we can hoist an adult beverage to him."
--Chris Foltz

"I’m truly saddened to hear this. I always looked forward to chatting with Sam at St. Mary's Church and we always looked for each other after Mass. I really enjoyed our little chats. We will miss him and he and the family are in my prayers."
--Max Friedauer

"I am also heartbroken to hear this sad news. Sam was so selfless.. involved in so many charities that he never spoke about… just doing things for the greater good and not for the recognition.
He was truly the “Quiet Professional” working in the background, making things happen for the Annual Memorial Ceremony at the Hurlburt Field Airpark. He will be sorely missed! My prayers for his family."
--Heather L. Bueter

"Thank you for informing me of Sam's passing.  I cherish the memories of the many times I spent with him.  He was always a joy to be with and will be long remembered; not only for what he accomplished, but more importantly for the man he was.  RIP Sam, fly high."
--John Sweet

"Truly, a good man. Always had the ACA at heart"
--Harry Bishop

"So sorry to hear this. Sam was everywhere doing everything at the few Reunions that I have attended. ANY TIME, ANY PLACE"
--Ed Broughton

"Sorry to hear that news. I few with at Ben Hoa in 1969 & 1970. He was truly a historical fighter pilot."
--R. Wayne Moorhead, Lt. Colonel, USAF

"So sad. Another stalwart will be very much missed."
--Larry Ropka

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