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Friday June 14, 2013

Dr. William Samis August , 12 1931 - June 12, 2013
It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of our darling Bill. Much loved husband of Jane, loving father of Jim (Kim), John, Chris (Nicole) and Karyn Levy (Jonathan). Proud ''Gup'' of grandchildren Calvin, Charlie, Virginia, Madeleine, Gabrielle and Sebastian. Sister of Katherine Samis. Uncle of Frank (Grace), David, Robert (Sarah) & Kathy (Karl). Brother-in-law of Robert Smith and Marda Jeffrey (Ken). Predeceased by parents Dr. Tweed and Kathleen Samis and sister Jane Smith. Educated in Toronto, Bill graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, class of '56 and went on to specialize in Ophthalmology, practicing into his late 70's. He was on staff at Toronto Western Hospital and York-Finch General Hospital , Toronto (now Humber River Regional Hospital Finch Site), where he served as Chief of Ophthalmology at the latter from 1972 to 1984. He studied phacoemulsification (at that time, a highly disputed technique used in cataract extraction) under Dr. Charlie Kelman in New York in the early 70's and with the help of Dr. Lionel Chisholm and an anonymous donor, a phacoemulsifier miraculously appeared and the first ''phaco'' in Ontario and one of the first in Canada was performed by Bill at the Toronto Western Hospital in 1975. He loved baseball enough to endure cold and snow at the opening Toronto Blue Jays game in 1977. He embraced skiing ,even though he started at a later stage in life and loved annual trips to Vail, Colorado , where he looked forward to the weekly grooming (from top to bottom) of Riva Ridge - a constant challenge. He enjoyed golf at Toronto Board of Trade, The National, Daufuskie Island, S. C. , presently Mad River and in Jamaica with his favourite caddy, Reggie, with whom he shared a cattle farm. And he LOVED driving his little Porsche Boxster. He was affectionately known as The Silver Fox due to the colour of his hair and his car. He shall be sadly missed by his family, friends colleagues & patients. He had an amazing life and was treasured by all who met him. Special thanks to Drs. Sam Berger, Peter Rowan and Tang-Wai for their ongoing care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Humber River Regional Hospital Finch Site Foundation, The Salvation Army or The Scott Mission Toronto or charity of your choice. Visitation will be at Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. West on Friday, June 21st from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m, with a service on Saturday, June 22nd at Grace Church On-The-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. Toronto at 11:00 a.m.

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