Gabriel George Sady
Published in The Sacramento Bee from January 1 to January
Was born on July 10, 1924 in the family home in Robla, California and
died in his Sacramento home on December 21, 2010 after a short, determined
and brave battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his beloved
wife Beulah in 1999, and earlier his brother Jim and parents Tony and
He is survived by his four children Nancy, Linda, Gary and Dale; grandchildren
Sara (great-grandson Miles) and Kevin Brownell; Erik Munson and Michelle
Fernhoff (great-grandson Paul); Kayo Sady and Nikki Olive (great-grandson
Aiden and great-granddaughter Sady Marie); and Gabriel and Chelsea Sady.
He is also survived by his sister Helen and Jim Psihopedas and her family,
and sister-in-law Doris Sady and her family, and numerous cousins and
other Sady family members.
Gabe was a loving husband and hardworking dad, a jovial yet strong-willed
man of his generation. He was a crusty, irascible, cantankerous guy with
formidable physical strength, a funny sense of humor, and an honest sense
of the rightness, wrongness, and fairness about the world in which he
He was a talented baseball catcher and coach, in 1962 he even hit the
longest homerun up to that point out of Folsom Prison ball park as a player
in the Nevada-Placer semi-pro league; an avid hunter who cooked the best
dutch oven pheasant you ever tasted, a fisherman extraordinaire, and a
righteous golfer, playing just six weeks prior to his multiple myeloma
He spent many joyous days on the golf course the last few years with his
friends in the Fruitridge Branch No. 93 Sons in Retirement, including
cousin Gerald, Kenny, Jim, Dale, Dickie and Marvin among the many players
too numerous to name with whom he enjoyed the game. Until the last two
years, he walked the senior exercise circuit at the Arden Fair Mall at
six in the morning nearly every weekday.
Gabe grew up with the large Sady family in Robla where his grandfather
settled after emigrating from Syria, via La Cross, Wisconsin, in the mid
1890s. Gabe graduated from Grant High School in 1943 and enlisted in the
Navy, training in Farragut, Idaho and San Diego for anti-aircraft guns,
and then serving in Hawaii as a morale builder for the troops, playing
baseball for the Naval Air Station Kaneohe Klippers, in Kaneohe Bay, Oahu.
He returned to Sacramento in 1945 to work and to play baseball. He drove
trucks and worked for his father Tony, eventually working in Beacon gas
stations, and driving gasoline trucks for Inland Oil Company and ARCO
for 35 years.
He met the love of his life, Beulah Mae Goldie, while playing semi-pro
baseball in Wenatchee, Washington in 1948. They married in 1949 and she
moved to Sacramento where they bought their first and only house and raised
their family, and where Gabe lived for 61 years.
Gabe was a strong and kind hearted man who loved to travel with his RV
trailer to some of the most beautiful places on the west coast, as well
as traipsing all over the country to visit his children or with Nancy
for her work.
They visited Cooperstown, New York for the Baseball Hall of Fame, one
of his life long dreams.
He lived, loved, played and laughed, a long and adventurous life. A celebration
of Gabe's life will be held on January 22, 2011, at 11:00 am, tentatively
at St. Mark's Methodist Church, 2391 St. Mark's Way in Sacramento. Family
and friends are welcome. Wear your ball or fishing or golf cap to remember
and laugh and celebrate the life and times of Gabriel George Sady. In
lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mercy Hospice.