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SAM LAZAR (published on February 24, 2009)

SAM LAZAR Sam Lazar passed away peacefully at the Middlechurch home on February 15th, 2009, surrounded by family and love. He was born July 15, 1922 in Springfield, Manitoba to Louis and Gertrude (Daiter) Lazar, and lived in the same community almost all of his life. His early life was spent farming his parents' land and later in married life he continued to farm both his and his parents' land. In 1950, during the Winnipeg flood, he married his beloved Grace (Burgess), a marriage that was to thrive for almost 59 years. Sam was very active in East St. Paul Community, working diligently for many years, especially with baseball, curling and hockey and as a school trustee for the Municipal School District of East St. Paul. Sam worked for the C.N.R., retiring in 1987 after 39½ years. His love of the land was evident throughout his life and he spent as much time outside as possible. He could be seen walking or cycling throughout the neighbourhood, with his dog Caesar, and all the other local dogs in tow. Birds Hill Park was a favourite destination that he and Grace spent many hours exploring over the years. Sam's family was his pride and joy. He was very involved in the care of his children, while Grace nursed on weekends and holidays. He loved to talk about their accomplishments to anyone who would listen. He was a doting grandfather to his girls. When they came to visit he introduced them to the wonders of nature his garden, the park, horseback riding and cycling. They could count on Grandpa to show them a side of life they would not experience in the city. The farm was a special destination for all the nieces and nephews; they looked forward to the annual BBQ, and all the tractor rides. Sam took an interest in all of them and treated them as individuals. Unfortunately, in later years, he was robbed of his enjoyment of life. He endured a lengthy decline in health due to Alzheimer's, eventually being admitted to Deer Lodge, and then the Middlechurch Home, where he said his final Let's go home! He leaves behind his wife Grace; daughter Janice (Fred Kardel); son Neil (Sherrill); his grandchildren Melanie, Diana, Lauren (Michael Yaneff), Victoria (Greg Malone), and Michelle; sister Hilda (Sid Stern, deceased); brothers Ed (Mary, deceased), Lloyd (Dawn), and many nieces and nephews. Sam was predeceased by his brother Ron and sister-in-law Rhona. A funeral service was held February 18, 2009 at Congregation Etz Chayim Synagogue with interment at Bnay Abraham Cemetery, Winnipeg. The family would like to thank the staff at Deer Lodge and Middlechurch for their exemplary care during Sam's illness. Special words of thanks to our nephew James who was with us all the way from nights in hospital to the end. His love and support was invaluable. If desired, donations may be made to Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg, 280 Balderstone Road, West St. Paul, MB R4A 4A6.

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