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Samantha Nystrom

I am in shock and saddened to learn of Sam’s untimely passing. I last saw Sam in Denver just weeks ago, we hugged and chatted a little.

Sam was fun loving, a loyal friend, a lovely person. Bridge was good to Sam, it was the safe harbor during her youth. Sam was a natural, represented Canada while still in her teens, in 2004 at the 1st School Teams Championship in New York. And many more World Championships since.

2014 was her breakout year, playing with Gray McMullin, Bryan Maksymetz, Tom Walsh and Rock Shi Yan. They won the Canadian National Team Championship. The Team went on to represent Canada at the 4th Commonwealth National Bridge Championship. Came runners up in the Transnational Teams.

2016 was going to be even better for Sam, as she moved to Toronto and found love with Andrew Russell. Gone too soon Sam!


Samantha Nystrom

Samantha Nystrom


My thoughts and sympathies are with Sam and family.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Samantha at the Vancouver Bridge Center, on Saturday the 16th January 2016. 1pm to 3pm. It would have been Sam’s 32nd Birthday.

The family has requested no flowers. Instead, you may make a donation to a charity of your choice.


Paul GipsonDecember 22nd, 2015 at 9:26 am

Very sad news. It was always a joy to play against her at the nationals.

angelaDecember 23rd, 2015 at 12:19 am

Samantha will be missed by many in Vancouver,the rest of Canada and the World and not least by me.
We played bridge at the club and at national events and had the odd glass of wine together.
We once drove from Vancouver to Regina to play in the Women’s teams and shared lots of stories on the journey.
My last game with her was in the COPC this year.She was a great mentor, always made helpful comments and was never disparaging even when I made stupid plays.
I will miss you Sam!

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