It is with regret that we announce the death from heart failure of Sam Grinevitch at the age of 83 years. He passed on with his son Terry at his side in the Vernon Jubilee Hospital on August 3, 2009. Among those left behind to mourn this loss are Sam’s daughter Pamela, his son Terry, Terry’s wife Ginny, grandchildren Lara, Mikhal, and Alexa, and his great-grandson Zeke. Also missing him are his good friend Lois Troullier, sister Pauline (Dan) Gordey of California, brother Nick (Vicki) Grinevitch of Edmonton, brother-in-law John (Bernice) Dedul of Drumheller, and many nieces and nephews.
Sam lost his much loved wife of nearly sixty years, Vera Dedul Grinevitch, in 2003.
Sam was born in Warspite, Alberta, in 1926, the oldest of five children. After serving in the Canadian armed forces for two years, in 1946 he married the sweetheart who waited for him. Two children arrived with great expediency. Sam could fix most anything, and ran his own machine shop in Edmonton for about 25 years. Sam and Vera retired to Vernon in 1980 and they loved it here, away from the harsh winters of central Alberta. Sam was a bit of a collector, and could often be seen repairing one of his garage sale finds.
Some of the things about Sam we will miss most are his warm smile, his canny business sense, and his determined independence in the face of the physical limitations caused by a stroke he suffered in 2004. It was amazing how he could still fix things with only one hand.
A memorial service to celebrate the things we loved about Sam will be held 11:30 a.m., Friday, August 7, at the Schubert Centre, 3505 30th Avenue, Vernon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
The family would like to thank the staff of Westridge Care Residence, Dr. Botha, and the staff of Vernon Jubilee Hospital for their caring help that went above and beyond their professional responsibilities.