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Born: Dec 28, 1934

Date of Passing: Aug 09, 2020

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Peacefully on Sunday August 9, 2020, Earl "Sam" Thomas Doherty, 85 years, passed away at the Maples Personal Care Home.
Sam is survived by his loving wife Joyce of 60 years; daughters, Shannon (Randy) Bakke of Bismarck, ND; Heather (Randy) Koniuk of Mill Bay, BC; and Pamela (Mike) Namaka of East St. Paul, MB; grandchildren, Grant and Caitlin Bakke; Madison and Alyssa Koniuk; Zachary, Connor and Laine Kolton, Brock, Treye and Eden Namaka; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and only brother, Alvin Doyle.
Sam was born December 28, 1934 in Souris, MB. He graduated from the Neepawa High School, attended the University of Manitoba, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1959.
Sam met the love of his life, Joyce Harvey, after a baseball game in Oakbank, MB and married three years later May 28, 1960.
Sam loved his pharmacy career of over 50 years, retiring in 2015. He spent his career in retail pharmacy beginning with Metro Drugs, and later working for various drug chains, including locums to Churchill and Rankin Inlet. He also served a term as President for Manitoba Society of Professional Pharmacists.
Sam enjoyed all sports. He played baseball for the Neepawa Cubs from 1953 - 1960. The Cubs would later be inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. He also enjoyed curling for many years. The highlight of his curling career was representing Manitoba and winning the Canadian Senior Men's Championship in 1987. This curling team was inducted into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame in 2018. Sam loved to cheer on his grandchildren and attended many hockey, soccer, curling, tennis and baseball games.
Sam was a kind, cheerful, devoted man, that could tell a story like no other. His smile and laughter will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Service will be held at the Oakbank United Church on Thursday, August 20, 2020. In compliance with Covid-19 restrictions, regrettably attendance is limited to invitation only.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Manitoba Cancer Care Foundation.

Friends and family may share memories by visiting Sam's memorial page at

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 15, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • My deepest sympathies to Sam's family and friends. I was sorry to hear of his passing just recently reading about His passing in an article in the Southwester in the Winnipeg Free Press last week. I knew Sam through my membership at Rossmere CC and the Elmwood CC and the MCA. A great gentleman and athlete as recognized by baseball and curling HOF. I am glad I got to meet Sam and his wife Joyce. RIP Sam. Bob MacCallum - Posted by: Bob MacCallum (Friend/acquaintance ) on: Jan 09, 2021

  • Pam, my deepest condolences to you and your family. My memories of your dad were always through Rossmere Curling Club... he was always such a great gentleman on and off the ice. - Posted by: Cam Moskal (Friend) on: Aug 17, 2020

  • Earl was always such a pleasure to chat with at Aunt Doris and Uncle Alvin's family events over the years. He was so friendly to all of our family, and my Dad particularly admired him. I hope you take comfort in the fact that his life was so well-lived. With condolences from our family to yours. - Posted by: Karen Kampen (Niece (by marriage) of Earl's brother Alvin Doyle) on: Aug 16, 2020

  • I was a kid living in Dryden Ontario. The thing I had in common with Sam was being born in Neepawa. My parents moved to Dryden in 1956. When Sam came to Dryden to work at Dryden Pharmacy around 1960-62? He was my guy to watch play for the Dryden Red Sox. He was always nice to us kids. My grandfather was a catcher in Neepawa way back (Vince Piett) so it was neat to watch Sam play. Just a small snippet of Sam's life but he was a great guy to us kids. I'm sure he was a great Husband, Dad, and grandfather. My Condolences. Brian Bates - Posted by: Brian Bates (friend) on: Aug 15, 2020

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