It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and uncle, Sam Klapman.
Sam enjoyed a sweet life, filled with family and friends and he cherished every moment. He was devoted to his wife of 68 years, Ruth. They were the first ones on the dance floor and the last to leave the party. Sam enjoyed and was the patriarch to three more generations: father to Sandi (Sam) Malamud, Marla Bernstein, Hartley Klapman (Drew Salter) and Jody Klapman (Brian Goldberg); grandfather to Andrew (Hilary), Allan, Aaron (Alanna), Jason, Steven (Alexis), Dana, Brady, Carly (Jay), Hanna (Gaby) and Kevin; great-grandfather to Florie; and Uncle Shloim to many nieces and nephews.
Sam began his business career in the garment industry in 1946 and was chairman of MWG Apparel Corp. until his passing. He was a well-known and highly regarded industry innovator; embracing new technology in all aspects of apparel manufacturing.
Sam spent every summer of his life at Winnipeg Beach where he passed the days creating in his wood working studio, cycling and pitching horseshoes. He was loved by many in that town and was known to everyone as Zaidy. He welcomed his children and grandchildren throughout the winters in Palm Springs, where he also enjoyed hiking, golfing and pitching horseshoes.
Sam instilled a strong philanthropic and community spirit in his children and grandchildren and was a great supporter of Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Jewish community, Israel, and countless charitable causes.
Sam travelled the world for business and pleasure, and was a passionate fisherman and poker player. He was a devoted friend to his many buddies, who were always there for each other, and he will be missed by those left behind.
Sam was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Fanny Klapman, his brothers and sisters-in-law Harry (Sonia), Meyer (Gladys), Max (Fay), Mickey (Rita) and his sisters and brother-in-law Beverly Demsky, Esther Klapman Bleiberg and Esther (Albert) Goffstein.
Funeral services took place September 14, 2018 at Shaarey Zedek Synagogue followed by interment at Shaarey Zedek Cemetary.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ruth and Sam Klapman Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba at (204) 477-7525.