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Samuel Jean

Samuel Jean

October 30, 1949 - November 1, 2020
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Samuel Jean

Unexpectedly, at home, on November 1, 2020 at 71 years of age. Loving father of the late Jennifer (1998), and Erin & husband Aaron Lewis. Cherished and devoted Guong Guong of Eve and Roen. Predeceased by his parents Wah Hin Jean & Sue Chew Hong. Fondly remembered by his relatives Patrice, Richard & Eric Holliday.

Retired from Ford motor company, he spent time with his daughter and grandchildren. A sports enthusiast, he could be found in front of the TV critiquing big games. Sam liked a good joke and was always eager to try out his latest find on others. He loved to laugh and equally at himself. A top novice handyman he could find a solution for any problem around the house and wouldn’t rest until it was perfect. He was generous with his help to family and friends alike. Sam kept a small circle prioritizing his grandchildren. They were the light of his life and he will be forever missed, cherished and remembered.

If you so desire donations to Make a Wish Foundation or Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

Cremation and a private family service were held.
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Cremation and a private family service were held.

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Greg Merlihan

Posted at 12:26pm
Always remember those amazing holiday dinners and your prankster humour. Hoping your having a great time with Jennifer in the Good Place. Rest In Peace, brother -in-law Greg.

PH

Patrice Holliday

Posted at 10:28am
Sam

To me, Sam was many things, and his early departure from this life will be felt throughout the rest of my own. My family’s history has always been intimately intertwined with his to the point that Sam referred to my parents as Mom and Dad and his own father was known to me as Grandpa growing up.

Sam was present in our family as far back as my memory goes. By the time I turned a double-digit, the bond was so strong between us that growing up side-by-side his two daughters was an entirely organic process and a natural outcome. Sam created a nuclear family that included me and as such, earned my deepest respect.

In my youngest of years, Sam was an authority father-like figure, teacher and advocate. I have fond memories of going to the waterfront and eating our favourite take-out meal with my sister relaxing in the summer sun together, listening to the waves slap the shoreline. He would put me in his Corvette and tell me stories as he washed the car. Where Sam went, I followed. Basically, he had no peace. On his wedding day, I was the flower girl, and I really did not understand why I couldn’t go on the honeymoon. We would laugh about those memories later in life. In recent years, we would enjoy visiting Pacific Mall to have a Chinese meal or hunt down his favourite snack.

The time Sam spent with me was a testament to his resolve and speaks to his good character. With his time, he was generous to me. His knowledge of subjects was extensive, and he always made time to teach me something new. Sam’s commitment to me ensured my path to higher education. More importantly, he taught me there was no greater gift can be bestowed on another but one’s time. The valve of giving your time to those you love and appreciate is well-grounded in me.

Sam taught me about responsibility, the value of hard work, to respect your elders, the importance of family, the value of fairness, how to stick up for yourself and to challenge status quo when things weren’t right. A lot of lessons he would credit back to my parents and so the circle connected back. Our family embraced culture, diversity and generations.

In my life, Sam showed up when it mattered. In times of celebration and loss, the connectedness endured. Sam walked me down the aisle on my wedding day, persevered to develop a solid relationship with my spouse spanning almost twenty-five years and secured a special place in my son’s heart allowing his nuclear family to grow.

Sam knew me better than most people, perhaps because I emulated a few of his own personality traits. He understood my heart. He trusted few, but I was among those he did. Our minds did not always meet, but we understood one another, accepted and loved one another through a lifetime. He was a role model, lifelong mentor and friend.

The relationship was unique and complex.
His obligation to me was a blessing. His absence will be profound.

There was only one Sam Jean.

Patrice Holliday

Mary Catherine Nickerson

Posted at 07:32pm
I am at a Loss for words these past few days since hearing of your passing. I am heartbroken. I am and will always be grateful for your time in my life to bring into our world two daughters which were the most precious gifts. As I always do, because of my love of music , I selected a song for you that will always gently remind me of you whenever i hear it.
That song in “Sunshine On My Shoulders” by John Denver and I send it to you with love always Sam. Rest In Peace.
BP

Brenda Porter

Posted at 07:04pm
Sam was always in his element as a great handyman, going the extra mile as a good neighbour and friend. We enjoyed many meals together and more than a few glasses of wine and cold beers. RIP Sam.
JH

Joan Hughes

Posted at 04:16pm
How sad I was today November 5th to hear that my brother in law died. I am so sad. Though our family has been divided for a number of years Sam is and always will be a part of the Merlihan family. Sam helped me with great advice many times over the years and I hope I helped him with some advice along the lines as well.
Actually he helped all of my sister’s siblings in one way or another. We have missed him greatly even prior to his death as we were a family divided. Stay together even in divorce and love one another because we never know when we will be called to Heaven.
I hope Sam that you Rest In Peace and that you get to hold Jennifer and let her know how much you love and miss her.
God ... wouldn’t it be great if everyone could just realize that we really only have today. Do not miss out on calling someone you want to reach out to. They might be thinking of you right now. It is never too late
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