Ivan Samson, our loving brother, husband, dad, grandpa, and ggpa, 85 years of age, passed away on April 9th, 2023, surrounded by loving family. Ivan was born on August 9, 1937, in Johannesburg, South Africa to Cyril and Rachel Samson.
Family was his greatest joy. Beloved by many near and far, Ivan is survived by his wife of 63 years, Toni, siblings Esme (predeceased by Alan), Len (Myrna), Sheryl (Yacov), and children Kevin (Margo), Debbie (Karen), Lindy (David), and Melanie (Eli). Proud grandpa to Aviva (Julie), Keira, Ethan, Ben, Daniel and Ethan K and great-grandpa to Eddy.
Having lived in South Africa, England, St. Catharines, and Guelph, Ivan and Toni brought people together, building caring and supportive communities wherever they were.
Ivan was an exemplary pediatrician loved by generations of patients and their families. His knowledgeable, caring, and holistic approach was inspirational and improved the lives of too many people to count.
In memory of Ivan, may you bring people together, build community, promote equity and justice, and create joy.
The funeral will be on Tuesday, April 11th at 2:00 p.m. in the Beth Isaiah Sanctuary.
Beth Isaiah Synagogue
47 Surrey St W,
Guelph, ON N1H 3R5
The interment will be at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Guelph.
Woodlawn Memorial Park
762, Woolwich St.
Guelph, ON N1H 3Z1
Masks are required for all attending in person and the service will also be live-streamed:
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Meeting ID: 814 7222 9956
The family has asked that donations (monetary or in-kind) in honour of Ivan be directed to a charity that you feel reflects Ivan's dedication to the well-being of children.
Alternatively, donations would be welcome to Hospice Wellington, B'nai Israel Synagogue, or Beth Isaiah Synagogue. Shiva will be private.
Arrangements entrusted to GILCHRIST CHAPEL – McIntyre & Wilkie Funeral Home, One Delhi Street, Guelph, (519-824-0031). We invite you to leave your memories online at: www.gilchristchapel.com and they will be forwarded to the family.
Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Beth Isaiah Synagogue 47 Surrey St W, Guelph, ON
Apr 11, 2023
Approx. 3:00 p.m.
Woodlawn Memorial Park in the Beth Isaiah section
The family has asked that donations (monetary or in-kind) in honour of Ivan be directed to a charity that you feel reflects Ivan's dedication to the well-being of children. Alternatively, donations would be welcome to Hospice Wellington, B'nai Israel Syn
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