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SAMUEL DIAMOND

Born: Oct 19, 1920

Date of Passing: Mar 23, 2001

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SAMUEL DIAMOND October 19, 1920 - March 23, 2001 Sam was born in Arran, Sask., son of Isaac and Annie Diamond, brother to Betty and Jeanette. He completed high school in Arran and them entered the Air Force going overseas to England during the Second World War. Sam returned in 1946 and opened the Times Soda Bar on Broadway beside Osborne Stadium. Sam fed, furbished and befriended scores of football players and their families over the years. Those friendships and his passion for football remain today. Sam met his soulmate and life partner Ruth and married in 1963. Together they raised their three children and enjoyed life as a close knit family. Broadway Pharmacy was his next adventure from 1960 to 1980. The Pharmacy became the focal point of the Community and Dad relished the fact that he was known as “The guy who could get you anything.” He never wanted to say no to any request. Diamond Athletic Medical Supplies has been Dad’s business since 1980. We treasure the years that we worked side by side with Dad watching the business flourish. We are sure that Dad’s favourite 80th birthday present was coming to work for the day. Dad always enjoyed the vacations spent together in Hawaii and Florida and loved his summers at the cottage on Lake Winnipeg. Sam’s six busy grandchildren helped to ensure that Grandpa’s free time was filled with lots of hugs and kisses. Mom and Dad moved to the Lake permanently a few year ago. We love the man that Dad was, we hold dear to us the times we shared together and will cherish his memory always. Sam leaves behind wife, Ruth; sons, Ben (Shari), and Gerald (Kristine), daughter, Rhonda (Buzz); grandchildren, Laurie, Jessica,á Megan, Hannah, little Sam, and Annika. He will be sadly missed by his nieces, Lynne (Allan) Becker, Ilene Erenberg; nephews, David (Lynn) Shragge, Neil (Elaine) Stitz, Gary Stitz, and their families. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 27 at 2:00 p.m., at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue. Family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations could be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the St. Boniface Research Foundation.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 26, 2001

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