IN MEMORIAM: Samuel McClay Yonce

by Jane Ahrens

Published in Greenwich Time September 21-22, 2012

Samuel McClay Yonce, age 81, passed away in Greenwich on September 18, 2012 due to complications from surgery. He was the beloved husband for 50 years of Lizora Miller Yonce, devoted father of S. McClay Yonce, Jr. (wife Ginny), Logan Hanes Yonce, and Clifford Miller Yonce (wife Susan), loving and proud grandfather of Samuel McClay Yonce III, Isabelle Vogel Yonce, Caroline Schoolfield Yonce and Clifford Miller Yonce Jr.

Born January 30, 1931 in Chicago, he was the son of the late Stanley Logan Yonce and Cora McClay Yonce. His sister Mary Martha Yonce predeceased him at a young age. Growing up in Lake Forest and New York City, Sam attended Lake Forest Country Day School, The Buckley School, St. Paul’s School ’49, and Yale University ’54 where he played varsity ice hockey and was a member of Fence Club. Following service as a captain in the United States Air Force, he enjoyed a 35-year career in the investment securities business working for First Boston, A.G. Becker, Rotan Mosle, and L.P Cook & Co.

A resident of Boca Grande, FL and formerly Greenwich, CT, Sam was an active member of the Round Hill Club, Fishers Island Club, Gasparilla Golf Club, Lemon Bay Golf Club, United States Seniors’ Golf Association, the Father and Son Golf Association, and The Yale Club of New York. An avid athlete and outdoorsman, Sam especially enjoyed the camaraderie and competition of playing many sports with friends and family. He took pride in supporting the endeavors of his children and grandchildren and was a valued “coach” and “teammate” for them. Loved by all who knew him, Sam was fiercely loyal to his family and many friends.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 2 at 11 am – Christ Church Greenwich (254 East Putnam Ave. Greenwich, CT 06830). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Family Centers – P.O. Box 7550, Greenwich CT 06830; Boca Grande Health Clinic – P.O. Box 2340, Boca Grande, FL 33921; Fishers Island Health Project – P.O. Box 344, Fishers Island, NY 06390.

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