In Memory Of


Gerald Walter Samide

Aug 25, 1942 - Jun 16, 2019


Saturday, June 29, 2019
1:00 pm
Please join us in celebrating his life on June 29th 2019 at 1pm in Sylvan Lake Alberta at The Nexsource Centre 4823 49 Ave, Sylvan Lake, AB T4S 1M6


“My life is my message”

Gerald Walter Samide

August 25 1942 to June 16 2019

In simplest terms, a man of humble grace left this life on June 16th at roughly 2:30pm. Perhaps exactly the way he would have wanted. Suddenly and with no pain you slid into the other side of forever. Father’s Day huh, you figured this way we would have to celebrate you big every year. As if we could ever forget. Your biggest legacy is perhaps in proving that it works if you work it. Not just sobriety but life. This is the part where we are supposed to list all of your accomplishments and then a list of all of us left standing missing you, grieving you, sharing the stories of your life. Truth is accomplishments were never important neither was stuff. You would joke, “is this the part where we play cash register and compete with shiny things?” Your life was built on a deep understanding, that you were here to focus on way harder things: a relationship with god as you understood him, children with both exceptional gifts and exceptional needs, and most importantly growing in connection and love as you walked beside one woman for fifty three years. The Mary to your Gerry.

Please join us in celebrating his life on June 29th 2019 at 1pm in Sylvan Lake Alberta at The Nexsource Centre 4823 49 Ave, Sylvan Lake, AB T4S 1M6

All are welcome. He wouldn’t want it any other way.

In love and metta,

The Todd/Samide Family.


Brian MacIntosh:

Man of a Tree

I met a man many years ago who stood tall as a tree (6’4’’).
Broad branches, full head of thick hair with an imposing air.
Of note were his feet (size 14) that were deeply rooted
in the experiences of a life full of adventure and joy.
His humble strength was obvious, clearly offering protection to his
family around him regardless of the changing direction of winds.

Falling in love with his daughter, my hope was only to show respect
for the many years he stood strong, gently swaying to new challenges.
In fact, other than admiration for his laughter and appetite,
I really knew little of this Man of a Tree while he stood tall.
His gratitude for recovery attracted many so saplings to share
In the life he had discovered…including me.

Kate would say, his heart burned twice as bright so half as long.
Only after he fell, did I truly get see this Man of a Tree.
The beauty of his curious mind and strength of his love,
etched deeply in a remarkable woman and her daughter.
Such a gift of growth often comes with pain, but the winds of grief
are treasured, reminding us of this great Man of a Tree.

Norman and Marie.:

Not everyone has the kind of kindness and sense of joyfulness as Gerry. Such qualities are rare and we will miss him dearly. Just knowing he was around was comforting. Half of him was you, Mary. And your wisdom and lovingness are evident to all of us who know you and will continue give your life strength. However, difficult it is now, know you are loved.

Dennis Karpluk:

My sincere condolences to Mary and family on the loss of Gerry.'The Kid from Tramping Lake' was my room mate in 1960 at STI/Civil Eng,in Moose Jaw.He was full of enthusiasm and he was on a mission to excel at whatever the future held.I never met Gerry again after the '62 Grad.
I believe he did accomplish his life goals and I know he was a very caring person.We missed a chance meeting in February and now he has moved on.
God Bless Gerry, Mary and family and their many friends at this sad time.

Francois and Patricia Tacail:

Dear Mary,
Pat and I extend our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I met Gerry over forty years ago when we both worked for Alberta Environment. Gerry was not only a super colleague but also a good friend. I appreciated his intelligence, work ethic, and integrity and his unfailing cheerfulness. I loved our hiking trips together. Pat remembers how enthusiastic Gerry always sounded and felt that he lightened any space he found himself in. We will miss him.

Upali Hippola :

We are deeply saddened by the passing away of Gerry. I have fond memories about the professional associations I had with Gerry at Alberta Environment, when he was the Head of the River Engineering Branch. Mary, my wife Chulani an I also enjoyed our friendly associations with you and Gerry and the brief discussions we shared on Sammatta Vipassana Meditation.
May the wonderful memories of the lifelong bonds that you and your family enjoyed with Gerry bring peace at this difficult time.
Please accept our deepest condolences
With Metta
Upali & Chulani

Park Powell:

Mary and Family
Gerry was a special person and an outstanding Professional Engineer that I had the great pleasure to meet and work closely with.
Gerry was always a delight to talk to and be around and he will be missed by all that knew him.
Mary may God continue to Bless You during this difficult time.

Blessings and Blessings,

Barb and Bill Simoes:

Our deepest condolences. We remember serving with Gerry. We had so much fun. Just thinking about him makes us smile. Much metta


Mary and Family; please accept my deepest condolences.

What a beautiful sentiment your eulogy expressed! He was obviously a man who upheld and lived the true meaning of "values".


Josh Brown:

It was my pleaseure getting to know Gerry over the years. As much as I have enjoyed our calls, Mary, it won't be the same without Gerry firing off one liners in the background. I am so sorry for your loss he was a great person. I hope your family finds peace in the wonderful memories you have created with him.

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