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Samuel Schwartz

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MANCHESTER CENTER -- Samuel Owen Schwartz, age 88, died peacefully at Equinox Terrace in Manchester Center on Jan. 20, 2008, surrounded by his daughters.

Sam was born on Jan. 8, 1920 in New York City, the son of Abraham and Jenny (Sobel) Schwartz. He graduated with high honors from Pratt Institute as an Electrical Engineer and worked as the head of the construction department of the Brooklyn Union Gas Company for 30 years.

Sam is survived by his two daughters, Jean Schwartz of Amherst, Mass., Julie Silberstein of Williamstown, Mass.; his sisters, Celia Wolsky of Manchester Center and Miriam Becker of Williamsville, N.Y.; his grandchildren, Jesse Coull, and Jason, Corey and Mia Silberstein and his two sons-in-law, John Coull and Harvey Silberstein.

Sam encountered many trials in his life. As an adolescent, he suffered a massive bone infection and was hospitalized for almost 3 years. In 1983, he was involved in a car accident which left him with a traumatic brain injury, followed by months of hospitalization and rehabilitation.

Although never able to work again, he always dealt with his limitations with grace. Sam was a gifted woodworker and creator of children’s toys and mobiles. He took great pleasure in shaping and carving the pipes that he smoked. Sam was an exceptional father and provider.

He was passionate about trying to find out the meaning of life, engaging in long discussions about the nature of the brain, and how it could heal after trauma. Sam loved plants and flowers, particularly cosmos, and for many years, he planted his own garden of cosmos and tomatoes at Equinox Terrace. He looked forward to visits from his family, and his face lit up when we would come into his room.

Although on the surface, it may have appeared as though Sam was physically and cognitively challenged, he bravely accepted and faced what life dealt him. "Caring" is the word that Sam used so much - he cared deeply for his family, and was cared for by all of those around him. He will be remembered and missed forever.

There will be a celebration of Sam’s life at Equinox Terrace in the spring.

If friends desire, memorial gifts in Sam’s memory, contributions may be made to Equinox Terrace, c/o Brewster Funeral Service, P.O. Box 885, Manchester, VT 05255.

To send the family personal e-mail condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of Brewster Funeral Service, 34 Park Place, Manchester.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 23, 2008
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