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Date of Passing: Jul 09, 2018

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STEPHEN AUGUST (SAM) MCCREEDY July 14, 1952 - July 9, 2018 A fine and gentle man has left us far too soon. After a brief and confounding illness, Sam McCreedy passed away on July 9, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Theresa Oswald, and son, Jack McCreedy, siblings, Nicola Davis (Scott), Stuart McCreedy (Pam) and William McCreedy (Melinda), along with nieces and nephews, Jesse (Allison, and lovely newcomer Ruby), Sam (Karen), Wiley (Kate), Kelsey (Scott), Cailin, Grace and Paul, and an extensive Winnipeg "family". Sam was born in Poynette, Wisconsin, the eldest of four children to Donald and Maurine McCreedy, and raised in nearby Thiensville, where the McCreedy siblings spent countless hours outside in a huge yard filled with many trees. Summers were spent on the shores of Lake Michigan at the family's cottage in Oostburg. Throughout his education at Wayland Academy and Lawrence University, Sam was a gifted athlete and dedicated student. Clearly inspired by some of his teachers, he decided to pursue a career as an educator. After beginning his teaching years in Wautoma, opportunity took him across the state line into Minnesota, where he took a position at Apple Valley High School, which would become his professional home for more than three decades. He taught English and coached volleyball, employing a direct, clear, methodical and deeply caring approach that would positively influence the lives of several generations of Apple Valley students. He loved and deeply respected his Apple Valley teaching colleagues -- his Minnesota family -- and continued to be in close touch with many of them after leaving the school. With longtime coaching partner and friend Walt Weaver, Sam developed Midwest Volleyball Instructors (MVI), and it was during this extension of his coaching efforts that his Canadian connection was formed. Visiting coaches Dennis Nord and Mike Burchuk of Winnipeg became fast friends, and Sam became a regular visitor in Winnipeg during Christmas breaks and for legendary July fishing trips. It was on one such trip, in July 2003, that Sam himself became the catch of the day -- as a result of anything but a coincidence, Sam ended up in the home of Dennis and Pat Nord at the same time Theresa had been invited over. Their casually choreographed meeting sparked an international romance that would result in Sam moving north of the border in order to build a life with Theresa. They married in 2004, and less than a year later, the miracle of both their lives arrived in the form of son Jack. Sam proudly took on the role of stay-at-home dad, dedicating his days to raising Jack in a home filled with love, literature, caring, conversation, opportunity and imagination. In addition to instilling good manners, a love of reading and solid sense of purpose, Sam was very pleased to introduce Jack to the pleasures of being a Green Bay Packers fan. And both of them, along with Theresa, were thrilled to add Abbey, an irrepressible Wisconsin-born golden retriever (also a Packers fan), to the household a couple of years ago. As he did with everything, when Sam committed to a life in Canada, he was all in -- so fully embracing the experience that he took curling classes and joined a curling league comprised mostly of retired St. Vital schoolteachers. He also ventured with Theresa into the infamous Book Club, leading to many loud, long evenings in which conversation and debate veered far outside the bounds of literary analysis. An avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing, more for the associated camaraderie than for the pursuits themselves, Sam valued family and friendship above all else. He loved holiday dinners -- especially McCreedy fondue -- and special occasions, Santa in the Forest, summers on the beach at Oostburg, and going to Friday-night Fish Fry with Sunny. He proudly embraced every opportunity to watch the young people in his life -- nieces, nephews and especially his son -- grow. He loved stories -- reading them, telling them, and especially hearing them when they enlightened him about the people whose company he so enjoyed. And he almost never talked about himself. Husband. Father. Coach. Brother. Mentor. Friend. In all of these realms, Sam McCreedy was a gentleman of the highest order. His is a story that deserved many more chapters than it was given. A celebration of Sam's life will be held later this summer, with sufficient notice to accommodate those who choose to travel to attend. Sam's life will also be celebrated next summer in Oostburg, Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Sam's memory to the AVHS Sunshine Fund at Apple Valley High School, 14450 Hayes Road, Apple Valley, MN 55124.
Publish Date: Jul 14, 2018

STEPHEN AUGUST (SAM) MCCREEDY July 14, 1952 - July 9, 2018 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sam McCreedy on July 9, 2018. A longer obituary will follow on Saturday, July 14, 2018.
Publish Date: Jul 11, 2018

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 11, 2018, Jul 14, 2018

Condolences & Memories (29 entries)

  • He will always be coach McCreedy. I have so many phrases in my lexicon that came directly from him which I have easily shared with my volleyball girls. He taught us physics: an object in motion tends to stay in motion, care for self: if your going to wear nail polish do it or don’t there is no in between, and how to be a team: no headphones during team time. He was a wonderful coach and teacher, his lessons have stuck with me and made me a better person. My condolences to his family - Posted by: Julie Schmidtke Martine (Student) on: Sep 11, 2018

  • Theresa and Jack - on behalf of your friends and colleagues at Doctors Nova Scotia, I want to share how sorry we are to learn of Sam's passing. I was honored to have met him this spring, and recall fondly his exuberance in sharing with us the adventures he had had that day with Jack. In the coming months, wonderful memories of family time will bring comfort. Once again, we are so sorry for the profound loss of your loving husband and father. Nancy MacCready-Williams - Posted by: Nancy MacCready-Williams (Friend and colleague) on: Aug 15, 2018

  • On behalf of the my family and the Yukon Medical Association, deepest sympathies to Theresa and family. Though I met Sam but briefly I was struck by his friendly enthusiasm. Sincerely, Alex - Posted by: Alex Poole (Colleague ) on: Aug 14, 2018

  • As my teacher, he was engaging, funny, passionate, inspirational and motivational. I will greatly miss his stories and never forget all he has done. My only regret was never thanking him for guiding my future. - Posted by: Erin (Student) on: Aug 07, 2018

  • I had the good fortune of knowing Sam as a friend at Lawrence and also at the lake in Oostburg. My mother and I had a place just up Cardinal Lane from the McCreedys. She's been gone for a few years but loved Sam as much as I did. And what was not to love? True blue, generous, smart, funny, a way with words, a way with listening, and that big, warm smile. A chip off his dad Don's block. Spending time with Sam was always something to look forward to. My heart goes out to Theresa, Jack, and the McCreedy clan. - Posted by: Linda Laarman (Friend) on: Jul 29, 2018

  • My heart goes out to Sam’s family - I was both shocked and saddened to hear of Sam’s passing and wish you healing and peace ahead. I was lucky enough to have Mr. McCreedy as a teacher,volleyball coach, mentor and fellow teacher later as an adult. I will never forget my first volleyball practice as a freshman on his team... I was nervous about joining this great team I had heard about, and Mr. McCreedy made it very clear that he expected the very best from each one of us from Day 1, and we would need to work hard to to get there. He set the tone for this pursuit of excellence not only in volleyball but in all aspects of my life. Even better, he shared his love of volleyball with us through the best four years I have ever had playing a sport that I still love! He managed to be tough, focused, and yet make things fun too. I had just reconnected with Sam after 25 or so years on Facebook and was looking forward to catching up. I am so happy to hear of his family and son, knowing that special McCreedy energy will live on through him. Peace, Love & Understanding in Sam’s honor. - Posted by: Julia Hibarger (Former AVHS student and volleyball player) on: Jul 24, 2018

  • I am SO sorry to hear of the loss of Sam. It is still surreal to me. I never had the pleasure of meeting his wife and son, but knowing Sam, they meant the world to him. I first met Sam working volleyball camps for Midwest Volleyball. Over the years I got to calling him "Salt & Pepper" for his grayish hair at a fairly young age. In fact, one time at Williams Arena at the University of Minnesota, Sam was the announcer for the women's volleyball match and I was in the crowd across the court and made it a point to yell..."Salt & Pepper Sam!" He heard me and I saw a BIG smile on his face! My condolences to family and friends as you work through this difficult time. I hope you can keep the memories alive and celebrate his life. Sam brought so much to so many others who crossed his path...and I am one of the lucky ones whose life is better as a result of knowing Sam. - Posted by: Donna K Palivec (friend) on: Jul 22, 2018

  • Sam McCreedy was a wonderful and caring teacher, who not only inspired and motivated myself but all those around him. Thank you for everything you taught me, Mr. McCreedy. Your kindness and enthusiastic spirit will always be carried with me. My condolences to his family and friends. - Posted by: Shauna SIegfried Willemssen (Former Student (1992-1996)) on: Jul 22, 2018

  • Theresa, I am sending my condolences despite never having met you. I, however, knew Sam and his entire family from his Thiensville days. My family were the "across the street" neighbors. We would have suppers at their house and they at ours. We had the privilege of enjoying time at their cottage in Oostburg! This was a wonderful family and losing Sam so early is very sad. My prayers go out to you and all the family and friends. Kathy - Posted by: Kathy Rasmussen (Former neighbor) on: Jul 21, 2018

  • Theresa, I'm so sorry to hear about your husband. I wanted to write on behalf of Clarence, who passed away March 28th. He was very fond of you and would be so sad to know that you've lost Sam. My thoughts and prayers are with you, and I will be thinking of you and your son Jack on this difficult journey. sincerely, Judy Pettersen - Posted by: Judy Pettersen (wife of friend) on: Jul 20, 2018

  • I am so saddend to hear of Sam's passing. My condolences to Theresa and son Jack, the McCreedy family, Nicole, Stuart, William and families. I met Sam and his family when he was 15 years old in Thiensville as a young au-pair girl from Germany. The McCreedy family with their 4 children invited me for my first American Thanksgiving dinner. They welcomed me into their home for holidays and also for many trips to Oostburg family cottage to swim. When Sam told me, with a smile, he is relocating to Winnipeg (where I reside) and is getting married to Theresa, I was so happy to have him build a new life here in Canada. Sam was the most generous and caring person, just like his father and the entire family, always ready to help others to succeed in life. I will miss him dearly. Angelika from Winnipeg - Posted by: Angelika Graham (Friend of the family ) on: Jul 17, 2018

  • So saddened to hear of Sam's passing. Much too soon, of course. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, Theresa and Jack. Our school and community, as well, have lost a great gentleman. Words are hard to come by at these times, but Sam will remain in our memories for a very long time. Deepest condolences to your family. Take good care. Graeme, Carrie, Braeden, and Natalie. - Posted by: Smith Family (Friend) on: Jul 17, 2018

  • We are shocked and saddened to hear of Sam's passing. We met through our boys as they attend the same school and would run into each other at different school events and birthday parties throughout the years. I don't think there was ever a time when he didn't approach me with a big smile on his face and ask how things were going. And he always had something positive to say regardless of the situation. He shall truly be missed. Our deepest sympathies, Theresa and Jack. - Posted by: Sandi Cadieux (Friend) on: Jul 16, 2018

  • I am a long-time Winnipeg resident who was born and raised in Poynette. I did not know the McCreedy family - however, I was chief babysitter to Sam's cousins, Gretchen, Catherine, and Christine Merrill when I was in high school. And I would not have been around to do that if their grandfather, Dr. Focke, had not saved my life when I was seven years old! An all-around wonderful family! And I think my son might have encountered Sam in a 7-11 several years ago where they both found out they were Packer fans! My deepest condolences to your entire family on the much-too-soon loss of an obviously great guy. Celoris Hackbart Miller - Posted by: Celoris Miller (Born in same village) on: Jul 15, 2018

  • I started playing for the Valley Stars in the 1980s where Mr. McCreedy was my first volleyball coach, and I remember being really afraid of him that first year. It’s nearly 35 years later and I still vividly remember hearing, “Where are you in the world, Kristin?!”. I grew to understand how much passion he had for the game and the love he had for his players. He taught us so many things beyond the game, and I am a better person for it. I began coaching my daughter’s volleyball teams and found myself repeating his words and methods— and smiled often in doing so. He had a substantial impact on so many. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. - Posted by: Kristin Goltz Harding (Student, athlete) on: Jul 14, 2018

  • Sam McCreedy was a wonderful, passionate teacher, whose enthusiasm and curiosity were absolutely infectious and whose care for his students was exceptional and utterly genuine. My condolences to his family and friends. - Posted by: Matt Kaler (AVHS student (1994-1998)) on: Jul 14, 2018

  • I knew Sam only for 4 days but he left an impression on me. His passing has affected me as I got to know this remarkable man even for this short time. His bravery, caring, and graciousness were displayed under the most difficult circumstances. He always inquired about others health or wellness though he himself was gravely ill himself. His selflessness was truly impressive. His commitment and love for his family was obvious. My condolences to Theresa and Jack who were the lights of his life and to the remainder of his family. - Posted by: Lucie Desjardins (Acquaintance) on: Jul 14, 2018

  • Absolutely stunned by this news. We've lost a man whose life was a reminder that there is so much good in this world. His presence as a role model showed the way, guided by a moral compass so true and steady. Spending time with /Sam meant you came away enriched by his sound personal values and love of life. A beautiful man, fun to be around, inspiring much good humor and congeniality. Regret for not having had nearly enough opportunity to share time with him in life - and now in his passing must content myself with, and relish happy memories. Sincerest condolences to Theresa and Jack, family and close friends. One of a kind - goodbye Sam. - Posted by: George Gartrell (Friend) on: Jul 14, 2018

  • Mr. McCreedy was my volleyball coach at Apple Valley during my freshman year (graduated class of 1999). I remember even now that no lesson he taught us was ever just about volleyball, but rather how to live our lives. One of my favorites, was him challenging us to think about what we would do if we found ourselves stopped at a stoplight at 2am with one one else around. What would we do? He always impressed upon us that our character depended upon those decisions we would make when we thought no one else was looking. I am so thrilled to know that Mr. McCreedy’s life was filled with family and the adventures of true love and parenthood. I’m sure that he was an exemplary father, just as he was an exemplary coach for all of us. I send my condolences to his family. Please know that he had a deep impact on so many lives, including mine, and that he will be sorely missed. - Posted by: Katie Gerbensky Serrano (Former student) on: Jul 14, 2018

  • To the family and friends, I’m so sorry for your loss. Mr. McCreedy was my Early American Literature teacher at AVHS and he made learning fun. I still love Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Scarlett Letter because of how he brought it to life for me. He talked about the symbolism with such passion I still think of that learning experience when I read period pieces. He was a great teacher that legitimately loved his profession and did it for the right reasons. I wish you peace and comfort as you grieve his loss but more importantly I wish you joy as you celebrate his life. There’s a lot to celebrate. God Bless. - Posted by: Sonya McCullum Roberts (Former student at Apple Valley High School (class of 1985) ) on: Jul 14, 2018

  • Theresa, Winston and I extend our deepest condolences on the passing of Sam. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless You. - Posted by: Audrey Gordon (Friend) on: Jul 14, 2018

  • I worked with Sam for many years. He was such a kind man. The first day of school voicemails were so encouraging. In the summer he would stop into the office at AVHS,upon occasion, and visit with us. His stories were always interesting and entertaining. I'm so happy he found his soul mate, Theresa, and was able to experience fatherhood. Jack and Theresa completed him and gave him countless blessings of the heart. His passing is too soon. May our memories comfort all who mourn him. - Posted by: Donna Lovstad (Coworker) on: Jul 14, 2018

  • Sam was one of the first to welcome me when I began teaching at Apple Valley. His eyes always twinkled and his smile was infectious. He made teaching fun and was always patient and eager to share ideas with this newbie. My heart aches for his family; this is shocking news. I pray God’s peace will comfort all who feel the loss of this incredible human being. - Posted by: Shelley Potter (Colleague) on: Jul 14, 2018

  • We are so saddened to hear that Sam has passed away. We knew Sam during his time as a Volleyball Coach at Apple Valley HS. He was a wonderful person and he became a dear friend to our family. We will always think of his wonderful wit, charm and kind personality. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences to his family. With deepest sympathy, Mike, Kim, Kelly & Josh Roysland - Posted by: Mike & Kim Roysland (Friends) on: Jul 13, 2018

  • Sam was the absolute best. One of my all time favorite human beings: amazing teacher, coach and friend. So sad, I loved that man. So many memories and life lessons learned from him. Will be an honor to meet up with him again some day. Sending my sincerest condolences to his wife and son. Met his son briefly when they lived on Ferris Ave. in Apple Valley. Such a cutie. Could tell how proud Sam was of him and how happy he was finding true love with his beautiful wife. - Posted by: Mary Kuklock Hoppe (Friend, student, athlete) on: Jul 12, 2018

  • I wanted to take a moment to let Mr. McCreedy's family know how important he was to me as a high school student at AVHS in the 1980s. In short, I credit him for teaching me how to love language arts, instilling in me so many valuable skills for communication and writing, and building my confidence as a student. Even today as a teacher myself, when asked who is the most influential teacher I had was, Mr. McCreedy is my answer every time. When I was a freshman in college, I was astounded at the limited writing skills that my dorm mates had. I often found myself in the position of proofing my friend’s papers, and offering editing notes for friends enduring the dreaded “Freshman Comp” 101 class. Time after time, I felt so blessed during that first year that I had Mr. McCreedy as a mentor. At the end of my freshman year in college, I wrote a letter to Mr. McCreedy thanking him for all of his dedication in teaching his students to not only excel as writers, but develop a love for writing. Several years later, I got a job in district 196 as a consultant teacher, traveling from around district schools consulting on special-education needs. On one particular visit to AVHS, I took a detour through the academic wing hoping to say hello to Mr. McCreedy and Mr. Weaver. Unfortunately, I missed seeing them that day, but I was astonished to see my type-written letter (type-writer!) taped to the pillar near their desks. Mr. McCreedy, you have touched countless lives and we are better people for having know you. Peace. - Posted by: Jill (McNamee) Kuzma (Former AVHS student 1986-1990) on: Jul 12, 2018

  • I met Sam in 1993 at Apple Valley High School (AVHS). I was the first police officer to ever be assigned to AVHS. On my first day Sam was the first teacher to walk up and introduce himself to me. After that meeting we became good friends. Almost daily we had conversations about teaching, sports, and life in general. I only got to speak with Sam once or twice a year once he found love and moved to Canada. I will miss those conversations. I will also miss that voice mail message from Sam that was waiting for me every year on the first day of school. The message of good morning, have a great school year, and a reminder of how important I was to AVHS and its students. May god bless his wife and son, and may god bless my friend Sam. Mike Eliason - Retired Apple Valley Police Officer - Posted by: Mike Eliason (Friend) on: Jul 12, 2018

  • I had the pleasure of spending many summers with Sam in Minneapolis, expanding our knowledge of volleyball and working with young players. A truly special guy who had a way of making everyone feel comfortable and welcomed. Sam had an easygoing manner that could diffuse difficult situations and a willingness to pitch in whenever work was needed. Shocked and saddened to lose such a great guy. RIP Sam you are fondly remembered and admired!! - Posted by: Robert Hailstone (Friend) on: Jul 11, 2018

  • I'm heartbroken to hear that Mr. McCreedy passed. He had a profound impact on me as his student and more importantly someone he coached. I learned life lessons, and developed mental toughness, dedication, teamwork, respect, and self worth throughout my time in high school playing volleyball for him and other great coaches. We love you Mr. McCreedy and you will forever be respected and missed. My condolences to his beloved friends and family. Cathie (AVHS Class of '92) - Posted by: Cathie (Student) on: Jul 11, 2018

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