In Memoriam

Ernest “Sam” Heard

January 22, 1938 – January 25, 2017

Ernest Sam Heard was born on January 22, 1938, in Berlin, Germany and grew up on a ranch in Houston, Texas.  His mother passed away when he was three years old.  Sam had a very good relationship with his father but not with his subsequent step mother.  He always mentioned his father and was very proud of him.  Sam attended Texas A&M and represented the school on the swimming team.  Sam loved to travel especially by train and enjoyed the finer things in life — fine dining, playing bridge, social gatherings, dancing, and singing.  He also appeared in several Broadway shows, his favorite being “Cabaret”.  When Sam retired from the military, he became a teacher in San Antonio, Texas before he moved to Oahu, Hawaii.  While traveling in New York in 1986, he met his partner Raymond Yuen who was the member of the New York Ramblers Soccer Club.  Sam became the manager of the club and traveled with them around the world for many years.

Sam was a volunteer in the USO office at the Honolulu Airport and was an active member of the Honolulu Rotary Club.  He took his Rotary membership very seriously and made sure to attend every monthly meeting in Honolulu, that he could; indeed, he even found the schedule of local meetings when he traveled.  Sam was also a member of the Lima Kokua, Inc, a social and charity club in Honolulu. After an exhausting and extended battle with liver cancer, he passed away on January 25, 2017 in Florida. There was a memorial service and burial at sea at Diamond Head with the “Military Honors” on February 18, 2017. A grave side service was held near Fulshear, Texas on February 27, 2017 where he was laid to rest next to his father.

Rest in Peace, Sam. You are very much missed.


Donna Alene Spaulding

1932 – March 26, 2005

DONNA ALENE SPAULDING, 73, of Honolulu, died March 26, 2005. Born in Rosalia, Wash. Former executive director of the Hawai’i Mental Health Association, Hawai’i Commission on Aging and Hawai’i Multiple Sclerosis Society. Proprietor of Linen Recovery of Hawai’i. Volunteer with Lima Kokua. Survived by son, Daniel Abrescia; two grandchildren; sister, Marie. Private memorial service held followed by celebration of life at Honolulu Country Club. Memorial donations to Lima Kokua scholarship fund.

Rest in Peace, Donna. Your wit, erudition, and contribution to Hawaii’s less fortunate will forever be remembered.