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!
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.