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 loving family, Leah (Robert) Cyr; daughter, Carmel (Ron) Graham; grand daughter, Susanne Douma; grand daughter, Myia and Brie great-grand daughters, and Keenan step great grandson. Sam left many nieces, nephews, 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 1935. Sam built a vibrant business which he sold to Speedy Auto Glass. Upon retirement in 1972, Sam and Marion moved to Sidney where Sam became an avid sports fisherman and gardener amongst other varied interests. Soon there were grand daughters and he became “Papa Sam”.
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, his kindness and wisdom. Our love goes with you forever “Papa Sam”. Now you are now a Legend in your family.
We thank also all those friends and relations that visited Sam the week of his birthday and gave kind support to the family at this difficult time. Bill and Kelly Hansen of Rimbey were among those who made the trip to see Sam.
Sam’s remains will be scattered together with those of Marion at their home, in a garden bearing a Flowering Dogwood Tree and Roses in their memory.
Since Sam’s passing his lovely niece Doris Dersch of Bluffton, has also left us and we wish to extend our deepest sympathy to her family, loved ones and friends.