Samuel Trimor Gonzales

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Samuel Trimor Gonzales, 75, of Asheville, passed away June 26, 2021.

Born in the Phillipines, Samuel was one of 9 children of the late Alejandro Gonzales and Aurelia Trimor.

Samuel lived most of his life in the U.S., mostly in California and Florida, coming to Asheville in the mid 1980’s. He worked as a dental lab tech in Jacksonville and Asheville. He was of the Catholic faith.

He served 6 years as a Navy Seal, of which 5 years were at sea, including 2 tours of duty in Vietnam, where he was wounded and received 2 Purple Hearts.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Deborah Marso Gonzales; son, Brian Gonzales (Emily); daughters, Laurie Gonzales Rogers (Myron), Sharon Gonzales, and Jessica Nettles; and grandchildren, Trevor, Grace, Mary, Elise, Lila, Cole and Blake.

Sammy was the sole provider and caretaker of his wife Debbie, who is battling terminal cancer. A private family ceremony will take place this week, with the Rev. Charlie Sams officiating. In lieu of flowers and your time, donations to assist the family in expenses can be made via Venmo, @SamGonzalesMemorial (3325).


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Brian & Emily, I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Prayers for your mom and your family.

    Sonia Pressley

  2. I am so sorry to hear this!! Let us know if you need us. Love and prayers for you and your family. Sandy and John Reese

  3. Praying for you all during this difficult time. Sammy had a big heart ♥️ and always had a smile. Hugs.

  4. I was so sorry to learn about the passing of Sammy. Please know you are not alone in your sorrow; you are in my prayers. May God watch over you and shed his comfort upon you.

  5. I am so sorry for your whole family. Your Dad was an amazing man. He will be greatly miss by many people. Love you! Please let me know if I can do anything at all no matter how small it may seem.

  6. Brian, Emily and Family
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Sammy. I am praying for all. Love to each of you.

  7. So sorry to hear about the passing of Samuel. My husband and I got to know him during our weekly visits to Ingles. He was always so friendly, we felt fortunate to know him. Had missed him over the past months, just thought he was staying safe due to his wife’s health.

  8. Myron & Laurie
    So sorry for your loss. Samuel always waved at us and spoke to Randy. Nice guy. Praying for your Family. Your neighbors at 12 Merlin Way—- Randy & Jane Erwin; Greg & Crystal Goforth

  9. Sammy was my very first baseball coach many years ago. He was always great to be around and I enjoyed every chance I had to speak with him through the years. Great man. Praying for all of the family.

  10. Sammy was part of our larger family and our family will feel the loss of such a good friend. He was always pleasant and nice to be around, always a smile for everyone. He will be greatly missed by us. Love, Charlie and Jane

  11. Sam always was there at the Ingles when I would come in for groceries. As a Brother of the Vietnam War he would help at times when I was feeling low and always there with a smile. To us old Marines he will always be “Doc”. Crossing the Bar
    Sunset and evening star,
    And one clear call for me!
    And may there be no moaning of the bar,
    When I put out to sea,

    But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
    Too full for sound and foam,
    When that which drew from out the boundless deep
    Turns again home.

    Twilight and evening bell,
    And after that the dark!
    And may there be no sadness of farewell,
    When I embark;

    For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
    The flood may bear me far,
    I hope to see my Pilot face to face
    When I have crost the bar.

  12. To the Samuel Gonzales Family
    As the days continue to pass,I hope you find comfort and support in the people who surrounds you and the wonderful memories you carry in your thoughts and in your heart. As an honorable person, he showed courage and was committed in all that he did! He will be missed.
    Pat Boeckler

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