Samuel Noble Harris Jr.
Samuel Noble Harris Jr., 76, of Santa Barbara, CA died December 2, 2022. “Big Sam” passed away from a battle with dementia and is survived by his wife Char Lockerbie Harris and two daughters Sunny Harris Bandy and Lindsay Harris Cooney. He is also survived by his five grandchildren – Kaylin Cooney (17), Kealakai Bandy (16), Rosie Cooney (15), Alohileimomi Bandy (13), Griffin Cooney (11), son in-laws Tim Cooney and Trey Bandy, sister Mahealani Harris, nephew Bret Shellabarger, niece Kalei Shellabarger Owens as well as much family in Hawaii and the Southern California area.
Sam was born and raised in Hawaii and was a standout football player for Kamehameha Schools and went on to the University of Colorado earning All-American recognition and continued his career with the New Orleans Saints. While he loved football, his biggest passion was golf and always chasing the ‘perfect swing’. Sam loved music of all genres especially Hawaiian, country and Sinatra and his singing will be missed by friends and family especially over a big Hawaiian bbq ‘plate lunch’ that he loved to prepare for everyone. Sam will be greatly missed for so many things but mostly for his kindness, generosity, friendliness, and humor.
A memorial will be held January 13, 2023 at El Paseo Restaurant in Santa Barbara at 1pm, as well as a private Hawaiian paddle-out service at Waikiki Beach, Hawaii on March 1, 2023.