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Iconic Canadian record retailer, Sam Sniderman, passed away peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by loved ones, in Toronto on Sunday (September 23rd). He was 92. Known widely as Sam the Record Man, Mr. Sniderman joined his brother, Sid, in a small retail store on College Street in Toronto in 1937 - Sniderman Radio Sales and Service. Together they built a chain of Sam the Record Man of stores that literally spanned the country. "Sam was the last of the great Canadian showmen that were able to establish themselves as household names purely through the force of their personality", said Brian Robertson, a close family friend and Chairman Emeritus of the Canadian Recording Industry Association. "He was a mentor to literally hundreds of Canadian artists and musicians and the Yonge Street record store and Sam's presence there was the centre of the Canadian music industry's universe for over three decades". Sam Sniderman was a Member of the Order of Canada, was an inductee of the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, received the Governor General award and Honourary doctorates from Ryerson University and University of Prince Edward Island. He is survived by his sons Bobby and Jason, as well as their wives Marlaina and Karen, grandchildren Zachary, Jhase, Cosmo and Echo. The family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to devoted care giver Marilyn Roan. They would also like to thank Dr. Robert Wald, the cardiac team at 16 North Mount Sinai, as well as the palliative care team guided by Dr. Leah Steinberg. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave. W (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Tuesday, September 25th at 9:30am. Interment in the Pride of Israel Synagogue Section of Mt. Sinai Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to the Sam Sniderman Memorial Fund at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Charlottetown Prince Edward Island. Cancer Treatment Centre c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst St. Toronto M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324,
Published in National Post on Sept. 25, 2012
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