On Saturday night, we learned that Jamie Samuelsen of 97.1 The Ticket had lost his battle with colon cancer after a valiant fight.
Samuelsen, who was just 48, leaves behind his wonderful wife Christy and three beautiful children.
While scrolling through the many tribute tweets last night, one thing that stood out is how much Jamie loved his children, Caroline, Josh, and Catherine, and how much they loved him.
After finding out that Samuelsen passed away, Terry Foster, who also spent time at 97.1 The Ticket, wrote a blog post that focused on the great father that Jamie was.
Here is an excerpt from Foster's post, which is titled, “Jamie was also the perfect dad.”
There are a lot of reasons to remember Jamie Samuelson, a pal and co-worker in the radio business.
However, I spent the night thinking of two of his three children that used to come into the studio at 97.1 FM bouncing off the walls and bringing much needed children’s laughter to the building. I loved when they visited their dad when he did his show after I was finished battling with Mike Valenti for four hours.
“I just remember the older children holding on to their dad like a Christmas ornament, talking about all the fun things they did and the bed time stories they shared with dad.”
They loved their dad so much. And Jamie got that fatherly twinkle in his eyes when he spoke of them. Caroline is now 16 and Josh 14. I don’t remember Catherine, 11 as well. I just remember the older children holding on to their dad like a Christmas ornament, talking about all the fun things they did and the bed time stories they shared with dad.
Jamie did a lot of incredible things in sports media, but none of them were as important or as impactful as being a great dad. It had to be a punch in the gut for his family. I know it was for me when the bad news was relayed to me.
It sure sounds like we can all take something away from the life Jamie lived.
Rest In Peace, Jamie. And my God Bless Christy, Caroline, Josh, and Catherine during this heartbreaking time.
To read the rest of Foster's post, please click here.