There are glimpses of you everywhere,
In all the things we say and do,
The stories we tell, memories we share, and
In how we all miss you.
You are here with us in spirit
As we hold you close and dear
Not forgetting for one moment
We've been without you for a year.
You are remembered, loved, and cherished
Each and every day,
We are all standing strong together
As we show one another the way.
Without you, many hearts are broken and
Healing hearts need time, but
Having had you as our family
Has always been
A blessing of a lifetime.
With all our love Sam, we miss you!!!
Lauri, Craig and Kyle xoxoxoxoxoxo
Hard to believe that it will be 5 months tomorrow since you were taken from us. They say time heals yet I seem to miss you more as the days go by. You were such a special person - kind, funny, honest, with tremendous integrity, positive, accountable - are just some of the many adjectives which can be used to describe you. As a friend it was so refreshing as we always knew where we stood and you were eternally loyal. This summer I will fulfill my promise to you of returning to Canada for a visit but it will be bittersweet knowing that I will not have you as my tour guide for the places you loved so passionately.
Love and miss you ever so much Sam.
Dan, Nell and I were so saddened to hear that Sam passed, and our hearts are with you (and her). We wish we could have been with you both this past year to give whatever support and motivation we possibly could. We continue to think the world of you and will always remember Sam the same.
-Stan and Nell Dura
Dan: Thank you for sharing this wonderful gal with us. Her love of life, and all its givings, was shared with all her knew her. Even the smallest of moments, her brief encounters with people, left them feeling and wanting more of the light she shone. A true WYSIWYG. Her love of animals is how our paths met and her furry clan is a testament to that love. I wish we knew her more. There is this hole in my heart now because I know that that time is now past... lost in an instant. But I still feel truly blessed with the time I did get to know her... and you. Sending our love, for her, to you and the furry clan.
We only met a few times, but I will never forget how kind she was and how funny she could be. She was one of a kind Dan, our prayers are with you.
I very sad to hear about the passing of Sam. I had the wonderful priviledge of working with Sam when she first starting working in IT. I was immediately drawn to her joy, enthusiuasm and professionalism. Her spirirt of fun was contagious. Sam was always willing to learn and try new things. She gave her all to everything that came her way. Sam loved life, and she loved Dan. She will be truly missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing her. I am very sad that the world has lost a very dear soul at such a young age. Goodbye my friend.
Rex & Marnie: We can only imagine the pain and loss that you are feeling right now. Although we never met Sam, we have known both Rex & Marnie since the early 70's. Sam sounds like such a kind and wonderful person, attributes shared by both of you. So sorry for your loss.
As we look at all the messages, our hearts feel so many different emotions. Seeing all the lives you have touched, changed, influenced, and made better has filled us with even more love for you, even more pride to call you both family and friend, even more gratitude for our time together, and even more appreciation for who you are to us and all those who love you. Your kindness, sense of humour, determination, strength, beauty, and love have made us better people just by knowing you. Thank you for the decades of happiness, laughs, and adventures (both near and far) you gave to Dan and all of us. You are a treasure Sam, and we will carry you with us, forever and always. We are all so very blessed to know you, love you and to have had you in our lives. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for sharing your life with us. We all miss you terribly. Love and hugs, always Craig, Lauri and Kyle xoxo
Our family has lost our loved one, our daughter-in-law Sam, and we are struggling to come to grips with the deep sorrow that her passing has left in us. Our grieving seems to be a series of ups and downs, of good thoughts and bad - the good being when our warm memories of Sam sustain us - the bad when we try, unsuccessfuly, to understand the cruelty and unfairness of the cancer that took her away so early in her life.
We remember Sam as caring and thoughtful, with a sense of adventure, and strong views and opinions on the rights and wrongs of our world. The love of her family and friends was especially important to her. Fortunately, she had a great sense of humour and that was critical for living with Dan, six pets and coping with life in a new and different culture like the U.A.E.
Our lives and our jobs created geographical distances between us so that our warmest and happiest memories are of the many travel experiences and adventures we shared with Sam and Dan - both at home in our beautiful Canada and in some incredible far-away lands. We enjoyed family reunions in some great spots in the Okanagan and Kootenay Valley, and wandered together in the Gulf Islands and Southern British Columbia. We reminisce often about our incredible safari in Kenya, wine-tasting in France, our midnight turtle beach watch in Oman, and the magic of Hawaii. Sam and Dan were the best and most knowledgeable of Dubai tour guides. Dare we admit that these escapades often included a Kilkenny or two!
These are some of the smiles and memories that Sam has left us with and would want us to hold on to - and we will. We will treasure and remember all those good times. She will be part of our lives and the lives of her many good friends forever.
Dan, Marnie and Rex, I was so very sad to hear about Sam's passing today, she was such a good friend since we were 15 and she was a fantastic person, my heart goes out to you all. This is truly one of the saddest days of my life, I will miss her so. Much love, Lisa in the Kootenays
Don & I are profoundly saddened to hear of of the loss of your Daughter Sam. Although we never knew her we have children of the same age & can only imagine the sorrow you are feeling. God Bless, Ginny & Don
Dear Marnie: I am so sorry for your loss. To see your baby go before you must be so very hard. I can't imagine. My thoughts and prayers are going out for you.
Mary Jane Storey.
Dear Marnie..I was so sad to hear of our beautiful Susan's passing. If you remember I was her grade one teacher at Johnston Memorial school. She was so bright and a joy to teach. I am so sad.
Dear Marnie and Ken and Families: Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ron and Susan Copley.
Marnie and Rex
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this very sad time.
My heartfelt condolenses. Sam was a very close friend and a dear colleague who will be missed.
Thinking of you at this time. We kept in touch with Donna and it sounds as if she put up a good fight. I'm glad we saw her at uncle Vince's funeral. She was so happy to see everyone. Deepest sympathy.
Cousin Ted and Ev Cribbie
Donna was kind enough to send Sam's obituary on to the cousins, what a tribute to a beautiful lady. We never got to see Sam often but was happy to see her a few years ago when she was home for Vince's funeral.
Viewing the guest book I realize Sam had some of her father's humour and those memories you will cherish forever.
Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Sam may you rest in peace.
Helen and Cliff Kettle, Leamington, ON
"When we lose someone we love it seems that time stands still. What moves through us is a silence... a quiet sadness... A longing for one more day... one more word... one more touch... We may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget. We will see you again some day, in a heavenly place where there is no parting. A place where there are no words that mean good-bye." I miss you Sam. Love Deb
Our paths never crossed, I only knew of Sam through her sister-in-law Deb, but felt the major loss through Deb, and in my heart, you will be missed by even those that never met you.
Kathy McRae - Winnipeg, Man.
Our paths did not cross for long, but memories of a strong beautiful woman stayed. I am richer for having known Sam. My deepest condolences to her husband and family.
Ken and Jan,
We feel so sorry for your loss. We trust that God will help you through this difficult time. We will keep you in our prayers.
Grant and Linda Lyons
We are all so very pleased that Sam shared part of her journey with us.
Professionally, she shone a light of reason and common sense; she was often pitted against significant odds, but this did not seem to unnerve her in the least.
On a personal level, among other things, she introduced us to: Ethiopian food, the MesMarr Clan, best practice in dog care for junior pet owners, dark microbrews, targeted driving in reverse and the Superiority Of The Canadian Way In All Things (mostly because it is right and fair).
But mostly, we miss Sam's warm, reassuring manner, her unshakeable optimism and the integrity with which she dealt with everything and everyone she met.
We will remember Sam as a young girl breaking the gender barrier in minor baseball in Fort McMurray. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family with love.
Mel & Bonnie Giles
We want to thank you for all the wonderful memories we will hold deep.in our hearts. The time we spent with you & of course Dan, in Dubai was amazing and we will cherish them always. We will never forget your uncanny ability to barter down prices with some of the merchants we encountered. Especially those rug merchants. You truely had a gift. You will be dearly missed by us and the boys in the Blue Suke.
RIP in Sam. Thank you for being a part of our lives and allowing us to be a part of yours. My deepest sympathies to all of Sam's family and friends that have lost such a wonderful person far too soon.