Samuel (Sam) Harry Singer, born January 5, 1928 in the Sonnenfeld Jewish farming colony near Hoffer, Saskatch-ewan passed away at 94 years old on March 13, 2022. He will be dearly missed by Betty, wife of 61 years; children Murray (Kanthi), Leah (Lee), Aaron (Gina); and grandchildren Sage, Frey, Oscar and Marlo. Sisters Rose, Goldie, and Ethel and brother Jack predeceased him. His brother Joe survives him.
Sam attended the one-room Dravland School before his parents Harry and Fanny moved the family to Winnipeg in 1938. He went on to King Edward School and St. John’s Technical High School where he later proudly served on the centennial steering committee.
As a boy he was a sea cadet with the RCSCC John Travers Cornwell VC. In 1948 Sam joined Machal, an international volunteer group that served in Israel’s War of Independence. The experience left an indelible mark and led to a lifelong commitment to the well being of the country and to his fellow soldiers. On his return he started Singer Industries, a family plumbing and heating business. He served 26 years with the Canadian National Railway in Transcona, often riding his bicycle to work.
Sam enjoyed taking photographs, making jewelry and stained glass. He belonged to the Scandinavian Stamp Collector’s Club, the former General Monash Legion, CN Pensioners Association, Manitoba 60+ Baseball All Stars, Red Cross Blood Donor Clinic and the Jewish War Veterans of Canada among others. Sam was a charitable man known for lending a hand – including late night calls to fix furnaces on winter nights. He will be remembered for his principled choices, kind heart, humour, warm smile, love of family and boundless curiosity.
Thanks to pallbearers Earl, Yale, Mark, Gerry, and Hartley Singer, and Alex Snukal. In Sam’s memory consider donations to The Jewish National Fund and The Jewish Federation of Winnipeg or a charity of your choice.
“They lived and laughed and loved and left.”