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Community mourns the death of Gary Samis

Gary Vincent Samis, known affectionately as The Commish and a big part of the Prince George Cougars organization, died in Vancouver May 13.

Samis worked with Petro-Canada and then Sun-Corp for over 30 years with commitment and dedication, according to an obituary posted on his Facebook page. After he retired, he fulfilled his lifelong dream of working with a WHL team by becoming the Corporate Sales Manager for the Prince George Cougars. He also commenced the Prince George Cougars Alumni Hospital Charity Golf Tournament, raising funds for The Spirit of the North HealthCare Foundation. He was also an active parishioner of Immaculate Conception Parish, serving on both the parish and finance councils.

He was born on March 1, 1952 at St. Vincent Hospital in Vancouver. Gary was the eldest son to predeceased parents, Lorraine and George Samis. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife, Theresa of 44 years of marriage, children Allison (Paul) and Ryan (Leah) and six beautiful grandchildren Jake, Thomas, Charlotte, Cora Lee, Geneva and Lincoln. Also survived by his brother Verne and twin sisters, Maureen (Clark) and Marilyn (Frank) and nephews and nieces; Aunt Jocelyn and Uncle Bob and cousins; all of whom loved him dearly, including his little pup “second Chance.”

The Prince George Cougars Hockey Club issued the following statement on Samis’ death:

It’s hard to put into words the positive impact he had on our community. Like many, we’re struggling to cope with his loss, and will have more to say about his legacy in the coming days.

We send our deepest condolences to his wife Theresa, children Allyson and Ryan, and his entire family.

 A prayer vigil will be held on Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. His funeral will take place on Friday, May 24 at Sacred Heart Cathedral at 10 a.m. Reception to follow.

The family would like to extend a thank you to the excellent care and dedication of the staff at the University Hospital of Northern BC and St. Paul’s.

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