Donald Sammy

Donald Sammy

Sunday, February 22nd, 1942 - Wednesday, October 21st, 2020
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Donald Sammy, taken much too soon at age 78, full of life until the end, passed away on October 21, 2020 in the presence of his family at Lakeridge Hospital. Son of the late James and Marion Sammy, loving husband of Chris, proud father of Teison (mother: Gloria Dabideen, father-in-law of Vanessa), stepfather to Scott (Leisa), Papa to Bennett and Elliott, older brother to Allen (Sherralyn), Kenny (Arlene), Carl (Kathleen), Clarence (Farida), Kanva (Cherryll), David, and younger brother to the late Howard (Kathy)- dear friend of Lalita. Dear brother-in-law to Doug (Pat), Karen (Sandy), Paddy (Kim), Kelsye (Paul). Remembered by Patsy, the Ramjohn family and Darryl, Mikey and family. Beloved nephew of the late Henry and Ermine Sabzali and cousin to the extended Sabzali family in Canada, Trinidad and the United States. Special uncle and cousin to many here and afar. Loved by his large, extended family and friends. Born and raised in San Fernando, Trinidad, Donald attended Naparima College (San Fernando) and technical college in Montreal and later immigrated to Canada, living in Toronto and working at Rogers Cable. During his life in Canada, Donald yearly returned home to Trinidad. In retirement, when he wasn’t travelling the world with Chris, he enjoyed his Pickering summers in his garden and wintered at the beach in Mayaro. Donald was a rare, genuine soul, who lifted our spirits just by his presence, with a smile that could light up a whole room. Though often a man of few words, once you were in his life, you were in his heart forever. His love for his family was vast. Donald’s quiet, unspoken faith that unfailingly supported his family will be sadly missed. We’ll all remember Donald gazing peacefully out to the sea in Mayaro or the lake in Pickering.
Chris and Tei and family wish to express their love and gratitude to family and friends.
A public visitation will be held Thursday October 29th, 2020, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm.
A private funeral service will be held Thursday October 29th, from 4:00pm-5:00pm, and the family asks to be by invitation only.
Celebration of life to be announced.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 29th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm
    Thursday, October 29th, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm
    Ajax Crematorium & Visitation Centre - Suite A&B
    384 Finley Avenue
    Ajax, ON L1S 2E3
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    Open Visitation for all the guests.
  • Service

    Thursday, October 29th, 2020 | 4:00pm
    Thursday, October 29th, 2020 4:00pm
    Ajax Crematorium & Visitation Centre - Suite A&B
    384 Finley Avenue
    Ajax, ON L1S 2E3
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Private Service by invitation only. LIVE STREAM: PASSWORD: Dsammy1

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David, Lalita, Nadia, Kavash & Aniesa

Posted at 02:19pm
In tribute of our Donald, may he RIP

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Imogen, Stanley, Brendon, & Mink

Posted at 12:10pm
Donald Sammy was caring and a friend to all ages, colors and creeds. He will always have a special place in our hearts; thank you for all the memories

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Heartfelt Sympathies

Posted at 08:08pm
Words can't describe the loss we feel. We will always remember his infectious laugh, smiling face and kind heart. The Sabzali & Vergunst families

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Michelle Andre

Posted at 02:27pm
When I think of Uncle Donald I think of a happy loving family man. I am grateful we were able to spend some very special moments in his company. He will truly be missed.

Imogen Foster-Algoo

Posted at 02:26pm
My deepest condolences to Donald 's family at this time of loss .
I met Donald in the 1950's when he accompanied his Dad, to see my father about his Cane Farming business in Penal; and we would see him every year when his Dad visited to discuss business; my brothers and I would 'hang out' with Donald and have many laughs about life, and time went by.
My brothers attended NC (Naps) and they became more friendly with the Sammy family, and Donald was a regular visitor to our home in the 1960's; he was a favourite of our parents as he was always helpful,funny,accepting and polite. When he was older he was always willing to share a few drinks and 'ole talk' with my Dad; Donald was never too busy to spend time with people if they needed it.

When Stanley and I got married in 1968 Donald was a groomsman and Allen was the 'Bestman.' The whole family was very helpful in all the chores that a wedding needs.
When he and Patsy came to Toronto in the 1970's, we reconnected and we made regular trips each Sunday to the local Dairy Queen, for the largest Banana Splits and Sundaes we could consume; followed by drives in the country around Toronto. Those were fun times and we all put on weight.
When we went on holidays they would keep our cat Mink ( who Donald renamed "Minkie":they were so kind to him that when we returned to pick him up, Mink pretended that he did not know us. The years went by, Mink grew older and on a trip to Cuba Donald volunteered to stay at our home and take care of him. We were so happy as they both loved each other. We came home and found a note that said, Mink had passed away…the night before we returned. We were devastated and I was totally sad. Momently Donald arrived from work, and he was so kind and consoling telling us how peacefully Mink left, with Gloria and himself lying on the carpet comforting and easing him on his journey. I will never forget his kindness during that time of sadness as he visited and chatted and got us to laugh again during those bleak months.
The happiest times I remember was when he told us he was going to be a father, and we had many a drink to celebrate Teison's arrival. We went to his Christening -- and I had never seen Donald smile broader or laugh with such gusto; and we were so happy to share this celebration. We attended to Teison's wedding and Donald was beyond happiness and we were very pleased to be part of that land mark event.
He was kind, loving, caring, accepting and a 'friend to all ages, colours and creeds.'
He will always have a special place in our hearts - thank you for all the memories and fun times.

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