You could sum up my dadís life with a few accomplishments that he has devoted his life to. Some of the most important ones would be - Fun, Family, Friends, Curling, Great work ethics, Sports in general, Politics, a dedicated volunteer and a renowned after dinner speaker. He was born in Stoughton, Sask. In 1933 and given the name Garnet Samuel Richardson, this eventually became just Sam. Only a handful of family members still call him by his given name.
The family moved off the farm and into Regina in 1945 where Sam and his siblings attended grade school (Davin) and high school (Balfour) where he took up the carpentry trade. Sam worked for his father building homes after school and weekends. He eventually attended SIAST in Moose Jaw where he obtained his carpentry papers and met his wife Kathleen. They have been married for over 50 years and have two children Brenda (Chuck) and Bobby (Lorraine), two granddaughters Jenny (Dave) and Jessica plus one great-grandson Cole.
After 35 years of building some of the finest homes in Regina Sam decided to move on to a new career in Real Estate. His first position was with Monarch Homes and then onto Block Brothers and now he is with Sutton Group where he has spent at least the last 13 years.
His curling career started when he was in high school and was made up of his brother Ernie and two cousins, Wes and Arnold. In 1955 the team watched Saskatchewan win their first Brier. The Richardson Team got serious about the sport and four years later (1959) they won their first Saskatchewan Championship, The Canadians and went on to win the Worlds. The team went on to win 5 Saskatchewan Championships, 4 Canadian Championships and 4 World Championships (losing only 1 game through out the 4 World Championships). A record that has never been achieved by any other team.
The Richardson Team has been inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame along with the Saskatchewan Curling Hall of Fame and the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame. Personally Sam has many accomplishments including working with Blind and Deaf Curlers and Bowlers, Sam tried out the mixed league and skipped a Provincial Mixed Curling Team to 2nd place at the Canadian Championships in 1973. He became a life time member in numerous Curling Clubs and the Saskatchewan Curling Association. Dad has coached and mentored some famous curlers and characters such as Jack McDuff, Newfoundlandís only Brier winner to date, (that was quiet the party!) along with Bob Ellert in 1981 and also Garry Bryden in 1984.
For the last 45 years Dad has traveled near and far, from Balgonie to Pittsburg, to speak at over a thousand banquets, dinners, bonspiels, charities and fund raisers. Many times he volunteered to be the guest speaker just to support the communityís curling rink or the hockey rink and so on. Many times there was no curling involved at all. He has had the pleasure to speak for the last six Brier Banquets.
Sam has been on the receiving end of several awards,Ė Nominated for Realtor of the year in 2005, Received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2005, Honorary Chair for the Tim Hortonís Brier in 2006, Member of the Governor General Curling Club in Ottawa, Received CCA President Recognition Award 2006 just to name a few.
Two of his biggest legacies will be writing a book, Say It Again Sam; which has sold over 5,000 copies and is still going strong. And over 25 years ago he started the S.A.M. Annual Charity Golf Tournament with a couple of his buddies, Aden and Mel which still is a sell out every year.
All in all he is just Sam, Dad to me but loved by many, he will always greet you with a smile, have something great and positive to say to you in that famous voice that makes you feel special. Sam stands by his family and friends in good times and in bad. He says that the things that he is most proud of are the relationships he has had with his parents (who are both gone) and love that he shares with his wife Kay and his children and grandchildren, and having lots and lots of fun with his friends, which are many!
If you know anything about him you will know where to find him on a Friday night to listen to his endless and hilarious stories that never quit.
Daughter of Sam (Garnet) Richardson
Sam (Garnet) Richardson Second