In Celebration of

Samuel Zammit

January 2, 1927 -  May 10, 2021

Sam Michael Joseph Zammit, 94, died peacefully on May 10, 2021 at Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. He was born January 2nd, 1927 in Kalkara, Malta, the 3rd of 7 children from Maria (Mercieca) Zammit and John Zammit.

Education was difficult due to the war but Sam pursued and trained as a hydraulic engineer, electrician, plumber and renovator. He was an all-round handyman. In 1951 he married his sweetheart Lora Jean (Bonnici) Zammit and they had their two elder daughters Odette and Miriam in Malta. They moved to Canada in 1955 and 10 years later had their youngest daughter Joan.

Sam was an avid cottager, a man of all trades. He held an eternal love for his wife, his daughters, his son-in laws, his grandchildren, their partners and his seven great-grandsons. A survivor of war, Sam was 28 when he moved to Canada and 35 when he became a Canadian citizen. He loved his chosen homeland deeply. More than a ‘glass-half-full” attitude, he was always grateful for the glass in the first place! Sam loved to laugh, he would tell a joke as often as he would talk. He loved his McDonald's coffee, Mandarin buffet at Christmas, Chuck’s Roadhouse meals and Square One walks. Most of all he loved his wife Lora whom he dreamed of in his final weeks. Sam’s final words were “Everybody loves me, and I love everyone”

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife Lora, his daughter Miriam, his sisters Jean, Carmen and Connie and his brother Joe. He is survived by his daughters Odette (Stephen Robinson) and Joan (Michael Shanahan) his son-in-law Eric Hamilton, his grandchildren Jesse (Fiorella Robinson) Tracy Robinson, Lindsay (Mike Knez), Katie (Parker Dixon), Breanna Shanahan (Kyle Daigle), Aislinn Shanahan, Liam Shanahan and his seven great grandsons, Luke, Sam and Adam Robinson, Nathan and Brennan Knez, Nash and Jack Dixon. He is also survived by his remaining sisters Rita Swiatlowski, Tessie Jackson and sister in-law Tessie Zammit.

Due to Covid restrictions the visitation will be held privately. The pallbearers will be the small amount of family permitted to attend the funeral. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Cancer Society of Canada in his name.

“I’m not 94, I’m 47… on each foot!”
-Sam Zammit

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Rita Swiatloski (Sister/Nephew)

Entered May 11, 2021 from Toronto

To our dear Family

(Uncle) Sam will be very missed .

" Death Leave a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."

Our deepest and heart felt sympathy to our family

Love Aunt Rita and Jeff

Lindsay Hamilton (Granddaughter)

Entered May 12, 2021 from Mississauga

I’ll cherish every minute I had with Nanu, he was a wonderful grandfather and loved his family dearly. I’ll remember the smile he wore on Christmas Day because he was surrounded by so many family members excitedly speaking over one another- the huge family that HE created. When he was lonely during covid, I bought his great-grandchildren to the window to see him and he said “see family is so great!” I’m so happy to have had you for as long as I did, and grateful for the memories I have of you. Rest my Nanu, until I see you again.

Aislinn Shanahan (Granddaughter)

Entered May 13, 2021

On May 10th we lost a very strong, funny and kind Nannu.

He showed us all how rewarding it was to be hard working, how great a cottage life is, that heavy pockets can be cured by giving away loose change, and that a smile and a laugh can go a long way. (If you didn’t know this already: Nannu jokes are the ultimate dad jokes)

Although it feels like the end of an era, the memories we all share will be eternal. Nannu is now together with Nanna, Auntie Miriam and even Grandpa. Needless to say, he’s in great company.

Until we meet again 🤍

Kathryn & Shahe Jelilian Annalise & Chris Polsinelli (Friends)

Entered May 13, 2021 from Mississauga

Sam was truly a wonderful man who loved his family .. Always a smile and helpful hand.
Our sincere sympathies for your loss..
Love to all from Kathryn , Shahe, Annaliese and Chris

Bernadette Shanahan (Family)

Entered May 13, 2021 from Mississauga

What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful man. RIP


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