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Thread #123556   Message #2724245
Posted By: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
15-Sep-09 - 01:31 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
I first saw Sam in 1962, at the Ash Grove in Los Angeles. I was on leave from the Army at the time, never dreaming that I would move to San Diego in 1967, where I would have the opportunity to join in a sing-around with him in the living room of mutual friends one day.

Sam was a local institution here for many, many years. A tireless teacher, advocate, oceanographer, singer and friend to all he met. Yes, he was a harmonica virtuoso, but so much more to those privileged to know him.

I sensed, when his family moved him to be closer to them a few months ago, that he would not be with us much longer. It was sad to see him leave San Diego, where he had meant so much to so many. He had a full, rich life and a remarkable gift for sharing and making friends. He also leaves a rich musical legacy and a lot of folks sad to see him depart but richer for having had him among us.