Sam Richard BriceMarch 18, 1936 ~ May 27, 2017 (age 81)
Services for Sam Richard Brice will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 3rd at Sacred Heart Cathedral. A reception at the Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center at 3605 Cartwright Ct will occur immediately following the service.
Sam passed away on the morning of May 27th, 2017, in a small plane accident near Fairbanks. Sam was doing what he truly loved to do: flying his plane in his beloved Alaska.
The Brice family moved throughout Florida during Sam's youth. Sam attended Columbia University in New York City where he was a noted wrestler and football player in the Ivy League as well as a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. After graduating from Columbia with a Pre-Law degree in 1957, Sam enlisted in the United States Marine Corp and served until his honorable discharge in 1960 with the rank of Captain.
Sam arrived in Alaska after completing his service and helped establish the family business, Brice Incorporated, which evolved to become one of the premier contractors in rural Alaska. In its early days of statehood, the Brice family recognized Alaska as a rare opportunity to establish a successful business in a new frontier. Brice Inc. quickly earned its reputation as a company that was welcome in the native villages in which they worked. Their reputation of honesty, integrity, and competence helped them become the first company to employ heavy equipment on the Trans Alaska Pipeline. Now owned by Calista Native Corporation, Brice Inc. remains a prominent company in the Alaska construction industry.
If there was anything Sam loved more than Alaska, it was his family and friends. He was a fiercely devoted husband, brother, father, uncle and grandfather. Whether loudly cheering at the ice arena, visiting friends or family in their moment of need (often unannounced but always much appreciated), entertaining with gusto at his mother's beloved home "The Farm," Sam loved the people in his life with generosity, compassion and humor. Famous for his roasts at the annual AGC conference, Sam's sharp wit and facility with both the spoken and written word made him a favorite wherever he was asked to speak. Sam never met a stranger.
Sam is survived by his wife Joan Brice; his brothers and their spouses Al and Carol Brice, Thomas and Berta Joan Brice, and Andy and Lois Brice; his children Alba (Jessica) Brice, Matthew (Michele) Brice, Sarah (Jason) Lynch, Katharine (David) Champlin, Heidi (Thomas) Kubichek, Steve (Kristi) Chalupnik, Jill (Brad) Perkins; and his grandchildren Dayna Brice, Zakari Brice, Brendan Brice, Tayton Brice, Aedan Lynch, Margaret Lynch, Megan Kubichek, Emily Kubichek, Holly Kubichek, Rachel Chalupnik, and Ellie Chalupnik. Sam is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and grand nephews in Alaska and throughout the lower 48. Sam was preceded in death by his father Luther Brice; mother helenka Brice; sister Lorena Fouts; brothers Bob and Nick Brice.
In lieu of flowers, the family would wish all to remember Sam who lived by example whether a handshake, a smile, or a contribution; he was always willing to lend a helping hand. Please remember all the different ways Sam has touched people's lives and consciously think how you can make the world a better place, as Sam demonstrated throughout his life.
We ask that you honor Sam's memory by emulating his compassion to others and be a friend to man.
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Arrangements entrusted to Blanchard Family Funeral Home; 611 Noble Street, 907-482-3232.