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Albert (Bert) Salloum
1921 - 2013
The family of Bert Salloum announces his peaceful passing in the early hours of Monday, February 18, 2013 at St. Paul's Hospital.
Bert Salloum was born in Gary, Indiana on April 24, 1921, moving to Aneroid, Saskatchewan in 1924. He received his elementary and high school education from the Aneroid Consolidated School. In 1940, he enlisted in the 17th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA, 5th Canadian Armoured Division. From 1940 to 1946 he served in France, Belgium, Holland, and Italy.
Upon his return from the war, Bert rejoined his family in Saskatoon, who had relocated there to begin a grocery business in the Pleasant Hill neighbourhood. He initially decided to go into business for himself and bought a small lunch counter across from St. Paul's Hospital. It was there he met Florence McCallum, RN, a private-duty nurse who would stop in to The Oasis for lunch while working at the hospital. They married in 1951 and Bert sold the restaurant to join his family's grocery business, Salloum's Market.
Bert had always been active in service organizations, and it was through his excellence in these endeavors that he was sought after to join the staff of The Saskatoon Board of Trade in 1963, becoming its Commissioner in 1967. Throughout and beyond his career, he served as President of many organizations including the Saskatoon & Saskatchewan Jaycees, Riversdale Kiwanis (as a charter member), Institute of Associations Executives, Saskatchewan Motor Club (Saskatoon Branch), Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada, Travel Industry Association of Saskatchewan, Skal Club of Saskatoon, The Saskatoon Club, The Canadian Club and the Kiwanis Golden K Club of Saskatoon. He served on the Board of Directors for STV and Saskatoon Prairieland Exhibition, was a lifetime Jaycees National Senator, and was a recipient of national and provincial awards. He retained lifetime memberships and directorships in many of these organizations after his retirement from the Board of Trade in 1986. Somewhere with all this activity, Bert and Florence were able to spend many happy golden summers at their cottage at Emma Lake.
Bert was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Nutana Branch, and along with Florence, an active member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church.
He was the last of his generation, predeceased by his father, George, mother, Effie, brothers Edmund and Jack, and sisters Lydia, Adele, Lillian and Evelyn.
Bert is lovingly remembered by his family: his wife of 62 years, Florence; sons Rod (Michele), Martin (Samantha), and Bill (Judy); grandchildren Aaron Salloum Ronaldson (Melanie); Tamarra Otwinowski (Bart); Benjamin (Crystal), Jamie, Nathan and Josh Salloum; Nicole, Liane and Mikael Malinsky; great-grandchildren Makaela, Reyal and Roxanna; and many nieces and nephews.
Bert never lost his interest in business and service work. He loved music, family gatherings, entertaining, and his many lifelong friendships. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him.
The family wishes to express thanks to the hard-working nurses, doctors, therapists, and care workers at St. Paul's Hospital, and all those at St. Andrew's Church their support. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of one's choice in Bert's name are gratefully accepted.
The Funeral will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, (436 Spadina Cres. E.) for cremation. Arrangements by Saskatoon Funeral Home.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2013