Samuel Dworkin

Obituary of Samuel Hyman Dworkin

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Samuel “Sam” Hyman Dworkin, peacefully in his sleep, in the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.  Born September 15, 1933 in Montreal, he was the son of the late Esser and Ida (Mandelssige) Dworkin.

Sam moved to Wolfville in 2002.  When he was young, he bought and sold cattle with his father, Esser Dworkin, and later opened his own grocery store. Sam then went on to work for the London Life Insurance Company for several years and was a top salesman, earning many awards.

Sam liked to tell stories and reminisce about his past.  He loved fishing and reading, practically wore his membership card out with use, and he always had a book in his hands. He enjoyed his favorite games, which included Backgammon with Frank Thorensen, Cribbage with Rick Mehta and various video games to pass the time when he could no longer fish.

Sam’s sense of humour, fun-loving nature and strong spirit attracted people and he would often walk up to strangers, whenever he was in public, to strike up a conversation.  He was very proud of his family and children, he would boast often about their success.  Sam loved animals and expecially our cats, Sylvester, Smokey and Figaro.  A modest person, seeking very little for himself, Sam was happiest spending time with his wife and family, dedicating himself to them, as they were the great loves of his life.  He had a stubborn side to be sure, but he was generous to a fault, never hesitating to help someone in need.

Sam is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Irene (Shames) Dworkin, his constant companion of more than 60 years; daughter Susan, Wolfville; sons Barry (Elizabeth), Ottawa; Joel, Arkansas; Brian, Montreal; grandchildren Jossée, Isaac, Alexander, Steven, Taylor, Caleb and Sydney;  sisters Sandy Dworkin, Ettie Seltzer and Gertie Smiley; many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Sam was predeceased by his son Steven and brother Alec.

Sam wanted to have a party before passing away, but was too ill for it to be arranged. A Memorial Service has taken place on August 21, 2021. Memorial donations in Sam’s memory may be made to The Valley Hospice Foundation, 15 Chipman Drive, Kentville, NS, B4N 3V7.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home, Wolfville Funeral Chapel, 568 Main Street, Wolfville, B4P 1E5 (902-542-4656).

the storyteller —

stories told with a smile
last a much longer while
memories that burn so slow
have that everlasting glow

stories told with the heart
are less likely to fall apart
memories that bring a smile
return our joy from exile

stories told with a passion
like waves of love—crashing
memories that make us bright
burn on throughout our lives


Rest Easy Sam —

Poem by Ashley Brown

A Memorial Tree was planted for Samuel
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Serenity Funeral Home
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