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Born: Dec 24, 1923

Date of Passing: Dec 04, 2020

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December 24, 1923 - December 4, 2020

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of beloved father and grandfather, Sam, on December 4, 2020, aged 96, at the Park Manor Personal Care Home as a result of COVID-19.
Sam will be sadly missed by his wife Joyce, of 64 years, son Vince (Pamela), son Fred (Carrie), daughter Kathy (Alistair), grandchildren, Kristen, Tyler, Matthew, Sarah, Adam and Ryan.
Sam leaves to mourn his siblings, Seena, Agnes and Frank (Marge). He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.
Sam was predeceased by his parents, Vincenzo and Ninfa, sisters, Maria, Angeline and Josephine.
Sam was born December 24, 1923 in Trabia, Italy. He immigrated to Canada in November 1925, and grew up in Transcona. Growing up he played organized hockey out of the Pirates Community Club. He met his wife Joyce at a dance at Winnipeg Beach. Back in the day you could take the train from Winnipeg to Winnipeg Beach. They married in 1956 raising a family in the East Kildonan area. Sam enjoyed 5 pin bowling and watching NHL hockey, CFL football and MLB baseball. Sam liked music and it was not uncommon for Sam to start singing a song out loud. He worked for Burns Foods as a shipper retiring at the age of 65. Sam spent his retirement days walking half an hour to and from Kildonan Place during the week where he met friends - spending the afternoon drinking coffee, conversing, laughing and telling jokes. Sam loved his grandchildren and spent many hours playing games or taking them out for treats. Sam spent the past several years at Park Manor Personal Care Home. Sam, at 96 years old, could still walk around without the use of a walker or cane, and would pass the days talking with the many residents and staff.
A special thanks to the Park Manor Personal Care Home staff for their dedication and support of Dad during his time at Park Manor. Thank you for being brave and taking care of everyone.
Sam will be missed by his family and friends.
Cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held.

Korban Funeral Chapel
(204) 956-2193

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 12, 2020

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Aunt Joyce so sorry to read of Uncle Sam’s passing, Even though I was little when you brought him to meet Mom and Dad and me (I wasn’t too sure about sharing you) he was definitely a keeper. Maybe he and Dad will have a chin wag. Florence - Posted by: Florence O’Shea (Caminha) (Honourary Neice) on: Jan 12, 2021

  • My sincere condolence to the Urso family. Your dad was a very kind and pleasant man. I have good memories of him. - Posted by: Marlene Klein (past neighbor and friend) on: Dec 16, 2020

  • Sincere condolences to Joyce his good wife and Sam's close family. My sister and brothers looked forward to our visits from Winnipeg to Transcona, a separate town then, and warmly referred to as our country cousins. Sam was a few years older than us and always was kind and gentle with us. Losing him has stirred up many fond memories of those days. May he rest in peace. - Posted by: Frank Scardina (cousin) on: Dec 15, 2020

  • I remember Uncle Sam taking my Dad & I fishing when I was a little boy. We did not have a car. As I got older, I remember Uncle Sam never had a bad word to say about anybody and always had a joke or two to tell. Our sincere sympathies, Les & Judy - Posted by: Les & Judy Starink (nephew) on: Dec 14, 2020

  • We are so very sorry for your families loss. Will miss the “leader of the pack “ . Love leaves memories, cherish yours ! - Posted by: Darryl and Barb Sever (Family ) on: Dec 14, 2020

  • Mr. Urso, also lovingly called 'Uncle Sam,' was more than a neighbor, more like an uncle. He was always so kind, with a quick humor, fatherly advice, and a quiet, patient, humble demeanor. His daily travels to KP were famous, and he never failed to smile and wave at - and greet - a familiar face from the past. He always seemed to recognize a friend, even though he may have been uncertain from where, or when, he knew that friend. RIP 'Uncle Sam' -Cheryl k - Posted by: cheryl k (neighbor) on: Dec 14, 2020

  • Our condolences go out to Sam's wife and family. Sam & I worked at Burns Foods together. Both putting in more years than most 45 yrs for me & I am sure the same for Sam. Not only did I know him at work but continued our friendship during retirement. Meeting with other friends from Burns at Kildonan Place mall on the 1st Tuesday of the month. Coffee - maybe a bite to eat & lots of good stories went around the table. When Sam was unable to drive himself to the mall there was someone willing to pick him up or he would take the bus. But Sam wouldn't miss meeting with the guys. A true friend we will all miss. - Posted by: Walter & Pauline Bartosh (coworker at Burns Foods) on: Dec 14, 2020

  • Sending sincere condolences to you and your dear family, Vince. It sounds like your father lived a happy life and was a wonderful man. You’re in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time, my friend. - Posted by: Kelly Graham Lloyd (Friend to Vince) on: Dec 12, 2020

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