December 2, 1925 to January 8, 2009
Sam was born in Alberta, the 2nd oldest of 7 children. His family moved to Vancouver, BC when he was 9 years old and he joined the navy when he was 17. He had many experiences, like accidentally practicing bombing a golf course in Victoria, instead of the designated island close by. He worked on Forbidden Plateau as a horseback guide for awhile, and then met his wife Helen through his sister Eileen, who worked at the same telephone exchange. They eventually married and moved to Woss, BC to raise their children Sam, Trish (Paddy) & Steve.
Sam was a firm but loving father, taking his family on many excursions including trips from one end of Woss Lake to the other on the 8 x 12 fenced raft that he and a friend (Art Neuman) built. His children are very grateful for his solid family ethics. Always known for his big heart, in 1962, Sam & Helen took Mary Paton into their home for one year, and in 1972 welcomed Yvonne Caudron (LaBar) into their home for a year. Both Mary and Yvonne have been adopted sisters ever since.
Sam is survived by his brother Maurice & sisters Trudy (Lloyd) & Joan (Wally); his wife Helen, his son Sam (Maureen – wife, children – Lisa & husband Mark, Kim & husband Mike & son Cameron); daughter Trish (aka Paddy) (Steve – husband, children – Doug & son Ryan & daughter Samantha); and son Steve (Helen – wife, children – Steven & wife Michelle & daughter Breanna; son Bill & wife Bonnie).
He was a gifted poet and loved writing eloquent prose and letters. In later years he traded the pen for the keyboard and enjoyed corresponding with his many friends and family around the world. He was passionate about his dogs, and each and everyone was his best friend.
We are proud to be Dad’s children. Whatever he did – it was for life! Took a wife for life, children for life, animals for life, and extended family and friends for life. The family would like to thank all of the home care nurses, Dr. Musgrave and his staff for the wonderful care Dad received.
It was his wish that he be cremated; and that there be no service.
Happy Trails Dad! We miss and love you.