Where to start! Samuel L. Chimenti was such an amazing man, he was pure love. It was the greatest pleasure of my life being his wife. He was so kind. No matter what I looked like he never failed to tell me how beautiful he thought I was. It was not often I heard him say an unkind word about others. Words will never describe him. Those words have not reached Earth. I wish I was with him right now! To hear him laugh, to have him around, to wake in the morning with him making my coffee and bringing it to me in bed as we caught up on the morning news. He was an avid reader and in the end he could no longer read, he tried so hard but to no avail! It broke my heart!
Larry was born in Spokane, WA on December 17, 1936. He was the second son of Catherine Guarisco and Vito Michael Chimenti. His dad worked on the railroad and they lived in Troy, MT. He served in the U.S. Army for four years. Larry’s mother, Catherine, died at a young age and Larry never forgot his loving mother! Every birthday he remembered her. I think he always mourned her loss because he missed her so much, and told me what a remarkable mother she was. Larry was a very spiritual man, saying his prayers in the quiet of the morning. He did his best to comfort others who had faced cancer. He shared his own story of his journey with cancer and would take the time to get their email and mail them his story and tell them how many angels he met throughout his ordeal.
He was a family man who loved his kids and grandchildren and we were lucky to have had a great-grandson before he left this Earth.
I shall miss him will all my heart! My life is forever altered, but I know he is here with me and I must go on, as that is what my God tells me. I will see his shining spirit again. He is in the stars, the moon, the sun, and for certain he has met his God. Rest in peace, my beautiful man.
They say that no one is perfect, but I guess they never met my daddy! He was pretty close. He was perfection to me. He was, and always will be, my forever hero, my first love, my whole heart, my forever love. He had the best smile, it not only lit up his whole face, it lit up the whole room. And his laugh, his laugh was this great big belly laugh that was pure joy, it just made you happy. He made me feel special and safe and loved. He was so smart about everything – but he didn’t act like it. Any time I needed advice about anything, I would just pick up the phone and call my little daddy, and all was right in my world again. He was always doing for others – his family, his friends, total strangers. Once we were at a 7-Eleven and it looked like a single mother, her two children, in her run-down car with loads of laundry in the back seat…something about them must have touched his tender heart, because when it was time to go, he made me wait, and wait, and wait…he kept looking over at their car (all of their windows were rolled down). I finally got out of our car and walked over to check out the situation. When I came back, I asked him if he’d put a wad of cash in their back seat, and why? He said, you weren’t supposed to see that and that I could never tell anyone (sorry Daddy). I asked him why? That is so nice, Daddy! You should be proud and let people know what a nice guy you are. He said, it doesn’t count if you tell anyone. And that was my sweet, sweet little Daddy. The Biggest Man, the Greatest Man I will ever know. There is too much, I could never do this incredible man justice by my simple words. There are no words. He was exceptional, amazing in everything and every way. He was my world. I was such a lucky girl. His “little girl”. As a child I would pray that God would take me before him and I kept that prayer until I had a child of my own (because I know my son needs me). Because I cannot imagine a world without him. My world without him. It will be a very sad and lonely one. He was THE VERY BEST – there is no one better. The sweetest little Daddy in the whole wide world!
“Death lies on her like an untimely frost upon the sweetest flower of all the fields.” (Act IV, Scene V, Line 24) – Romeo and Juliet
Papa “The Moustache” Chimenti
My Papa was a great friend. He’s my favorite friend. He just takes care of me and he always helped me. And I tried to take care of him and I go on walks with him, and I hug him a lot with his moustache. And I love papa so much. He’s just an amazing man with a moustache. My mom, my papa and me are loving each other forever.
Samuel “The Bear” Chimenti
My Sweet Papa-
You made this world such a better place. Your laugh made a room fill with happiness, your hugs were the warmest hugs and your words touched so many peoples hearts. I never imagined or wanted to imagine living a life without you, but I know you will always be with me in my heart. You were and are the most amazing man I’ve ever known and always will be. You are my hero and I’m so thankful to be able to call you my papa. I’m so saddened by not having you here with me, but I’m so lucky to have you as mine your great-grandson’s guardian angel. There will never be a day that goes by where I won’t think about you and how much I could hear your voice one last time. I hope you knew how much I love you and how much you meant to me. Your words of wisdom has impacted my life and I will forever remember them. I’m so blessed to have had you had you had my papa, and no matter what, you will always be my papa. I can’t wait to see you in my dreams I love you so much and miss you more than anyone knows.