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In memory of Eric 'Sam' Astika

Created by Family Of Eric 'Sam' Astika

Eric 'Sam' Astika

My Dad was an addict as long as I knew him. My mom left him when I was 6 for the safety of our family, and that was the beginning of his downward slide. We lived in Edmonton at the time, and he soon moved to Vancouver where he became a full time heroin junkie.
I loved my Dad so much, and he was always so good to my brother and me when we visited him in Vancouver; I used to cry for days when we had to leave him. I missed him so much. By the time I turned 16 he rarely called as he was so ashamed of what he had become, and I resented him for this.
He died when I was 18 years old, of a major overdose in a motel room on East Hastings in Vancouver, and he was alone. I did not understand at the time that drug addiction is a disease, and in some ways I think that I still have not come to terms with his death. He was 40 years old; only 9 years older than I am now, and I am sad he did not get to meet my brother and I as adults.
Not one day goes by that I don't think about him in one way or another. My number one wish in life is that I could tell him how much I love him, and that I understand now that he had a disease he could not overcome.
My best memories are walking the streets of Vancouver hand in hand with him, dancing in the living room to Rod Stewart songs with him and so many more. I try to keep the good times in my heart at all times; but sometimes I miss him so much it hurts. Sam Astika was a great man and I am proud that I was able to call him Dad.


This Memorial was created to commemorate a loved one's life and to let other families know they can turn to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids for help when struggling with their son or daughter's substance use. Please consider sharing this page to increase awareness of substance use disorders and to provide hope and healing for others.

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1. Theresa Basting
Sweetheart if he didn't know then how much you loved him he knows now.He went home to be with the Lord, it was too painful for him here so God took him home.God's peace be with you Angela.
2. Theresa Basting Jason's Mother
I just wanted you to know I do know what you are going through, my son died March 3rd 2008 of a heroine overdose.
3. Samantha Astika
He would have been a great Uncle. It is to bad I never got to meet him. It is so sad that he died that way.
4. David Astika
I really wish I had had a chance to meet him. Despite all of his problems, he still sounds like a good kind of person. Much love, Sam.