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STEAD, Samuel (Sam)

February 14, 1924 – Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
July 2, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Sam Stead of Calgary, passed away on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at the age of 90 years.

Sam immigrated to Canada with his family in 1928, where they homesteaded in Irma, AB. He served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII as an Air Frame Mechanic. Sam met Anne while serving in the Air Force and they were married near Edinburgh in 1945. Sam was employed with Canada Post for thirty-nine years in Lethbridge, AB, Radville, SK and Fernie, BC. His true passion was square dancing, spanning over many years, calling in clubs throughout AB, BC, and SK. Sam trained many groups of square dancers in preparation for the opening ceremonies of 1988 Olympics in Calgary.

Sam is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Margaret and Sandy Orsten; son and daughter-in–law Gordon and Rose Stead; grandchildren, Jeff (Maria), Jamie, Jennifer and Kenneth; great-grandchildren, Jordan, Jack, Alex, Braxton and McKayla; his sister Cathie (Herb) Johnson; sister-in-law Faye Stead; as well as his nieces.

He was predeceased by his wife Anne, parents Jim and Bessie and brothers Jack and Jim.

A Celebration of Sam’s Life will be held at Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 285 (9202 Horton Road S.W.) on Friday, July 18, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Salvation Army, 420 – 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0R9 Telephone: (403) 410-1111,

In living memory of Sam Stead, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Jaelene Mannerfeldt :

    Dear Sandy, Margaret and family,
    I am sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. You are blessed to have had so many years of his guidance in your lives. I am holding you all in my heart.

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  2. Jill and Don Bateman :

    Dear Marg, Sandy and family,
    We are thinking of you during this difficult time. It is hard to lose a father. We hope your family and friends give you all the support and love you need. We are there to help as well.

    Sincerely, Jill and Don

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  3. Lorna McLean :

    Marg, Sandy and family, sister Cathy
    Our sincere sympathy on the loss of a father and grandfather. My daughter danced in the Olympic square dancing we so appreciated the guidance the senior dancers/callers offered! May you remember the smiles and laughter and good “stories”. We are thinking about you. Lorna McLean, Tom Poole

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  4. Doris & Roger Haynes :

    Our condolences to Sam’s family – we travelled on many bus trips to Bonner’s Ferry with Sam (and Leroy) – our next trip there just won’t seem the same without him. Everytime we see his favorite chair in the lobby by the fireplace we’ll think of him. Also enjoyed square dancing to his calling for many years – a very kind gentleman – he’ll be missed by many. Rest in peace, Sam. We’ll be away for his Celebration of Life on July 18. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family.
    Doris & Roger Haynes

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