May 23, 1913 – May 23, 2012
With sadness the family announces the passing of Sam Hansen, who left us Peacefully in the early morning hours of his 99th birthday. Just as he said he would, seemingly in control right to the end, even skipping out on his birthday party.
Sam was pre-deceased by his wife of 72 years Marion who left us March 2, 2008. He is survived by his daughter Leah (Robert) Cyr, granddaughters Carmel (Ron) Graham and Susanne Douma, great-grandchildren Myia, Brie and Keenan. Sam left many relatives and friends behind who are all saddened by his leave, each with their own memories of time they shared. He cared for them all and was a trusted friend.
Sam was born May 23, 1913 to Charles and Katherine Hansen in Rimbey, Alberta, the youngest of seven children. He was named after Sam Rimbey, who when seeing the newborn boy suggested that if they wanted him to amount to anything they should name him Sam. At age 16 Sam went to Edmonton to work in the glass business with his brother in-law Bob Livingstone, and at age 21 began Crystal Glass in Calgary, the same year he and Marion married. Sam built a vibrant business which he sold to Speedy Auto Glass. Upon retirement in 1972, Sam and Marion moved to Sidney where he became an avid sports fisherman and gardener amongst other varied interests and friends.
Sam lived a long and healthy life almost right to the end, and for this we are so grateful. Sam was a Titan on Earth with his amazing longevity and strength but what we all miss now is the twinkle in his eye, his broad shoulders, and his wisdom. Our love goes with you forever “Papa Sam”. Now you are a Legend in your family.
Sam’s family wishes to extend their gratitude to his good friend George King, whose friendship meant the world to Sam and the outings that made Sam’s world much better. Thank you so much George!
We also thank the Caregivers, Nurses, Volunteers, Support Staff and Dr Kennedy for their kind and thoughtful care both at home and at Saanich Peninsula Hospital.
At Sam’s request no funeral will be held. Sam’s remains will be scattered together with those of Marion, in a private family garden at their home, bearing a Flowering Dogwood Tree and Roses in their memory.