Sam lived a long and happy life. He said many times, “I’ve had a good life”. He was born in Rimbey, Alberta in country wild enough that he had a trap line he checked on his way back and forth to school.
Sam started his working life mining in NWT until an injury sent him back south. He started work at Ponoka Hospital where he trained as a psychiatric nurse. There he met Joan and they enjoyed 55 years of marriage until her passing in 2012. After moving to Calgary, he worked at CPR, and then began his career as a psychiatric nurse at Calgary General Hospital, retiring in 1990.
Sam and Joan had 2 daughters, Karen (Dee) and Carol (Gregg). He was a great Dad and passed on some of his skills and interests. Planting a garden, paddling a canoe, riding motorcycle, and making wine were things he did with his daughters. He cherished his grandchildren Sarah, Brenda (Dylan), Jena (Joe), and Danny (Zoë). He loved his time with niece Chris, grandnieces Deven and Kasey and great-grandniece Addison, including many hospice visits. All his nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends have memories of sharing activities and food and drink with Sam. He would have loved to meet great-grandson Everett. He was predeceased by his beloved Joan and sisters Judy and Lita. His remaining siblings Ron (Morgan) and Genevieve (Sandy) have many fond memories.
Sam pursued his hobbies with a passion. Fly fishing and tying flies meant we had a pet rooster so he could get the right feathers for his hobby. Hunting, fishing, cooking, sewing, working on cars, flying model airplanes, and four wheeling in his jeep were all part of his life. He shared woodworking with Carol and made many sets of musical spoons and a working violin. Music was a special love. His first instruments were ukulele, guitar, and banjo. He used his father’s fiddle to play at barn dances. When retired he took up the fiddle in earnest, taking lessons to improve his technique. He enjoyed his time with Prairie Mountain Fiddlers and played on tapes they produced. He was also part of Alberta Society of Fiddlers and enjoyed many fiddle camps.
From traplines and hunting and fishing to computers and cell phones Sam has seen a lot of change in his long life. The constant in his life was his insatiable curiosity and love of learning new skills. Along the way he made many friends. His time at Boardwalk meant new friends who are now missing him. At Dulcina Hospice he was making friends of the staff and we thank everyone there for the wonderful care he received. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Covid restrictions mean no service will be held at this time.
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