Age 80, long-time Ann Arbor resident, passed away on Sunday, March 15 in MN. Despite a long and hard-fought battle with multiple illnesses and the loss of his wife of more than 40 years, Marion, Sam showed amazing resilience. He enjoyed his family, friends and many interests right until the end. Survived by sons, Bob (Kathryn) of St. Paul, MN and Bill (Irene) of Saratoga, CA, three grandchildren (Delia, Gloria and Sammy) as well as brother, David, of Birmingham MI, many nieces and nephews and more friends than he could count.Memorial service at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church (306 N. Division St., Ann Arbor) on Saturday, April 4 at 2:30 p.m., reception to follow. Interment at St. Andrew's. Donations in lieu of flowers to Hospice of the Lakes Foundation, 8170 33rd Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55425 or www. healthpartners. com/hospice.

Health log

A log from 2006 was kept by Delia Grimes with updates on Sam's progress with complications after a fall resulting from Parkinson's disease.

Disability advocacy

Sam Breck was Member, City of Ann Arbor, Commission on Disability Issues and Chairman, Local Advisory Board, AATA. Meeting notes from April 2003.


An archive of Sam's photography is at the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University. "The collection consists mainly of photographic images of railroad related topics, mostly in Michigan, and related subject files."

In the news

Mary Hunt remembers Sam Breck, Ann Arbor Observer, April 2009