Music died a bit this weekend in Canada with the passing of Sam "the Record Man" Sniderman. Sam's record stores at one time spanned the nation with 130 locations coast to coast.
On Sunday surrounded by his family Sam Sniderman died in his sleep. He was 92.
In 1937 Sam Sniderman and his brother Sidney opened Sam the Record's first store in Toronto on College Street and later moved to its most iconic location at 347 Yonge Store in 1961.
You couldn't live in Toronto after 1961 without venturing into Sam The Record Man at least once. The neon lights and graffiti walls was a mecca to music lovers with albums that you may not be able to locate anywhere else. Sam's was where the fans of garage balls could find vinyl of their favorite musicians with over 400,000 titles for sale.
The store ended up closing in 2007, seven years after he retired.
Sam was not just a salesman. He fought for a stronger music scene in Canada finding the likes of Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot begin their careers. He would give money out of his own back pocket to help a new artist have a chance.
There will be a service on Tuesday at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel. He is survived by sons Bobby and Jason, their wives and his four grandchildren.
Fans of Sam's are invited to post their memories on the Rest in Peace Sam Sniderman Facebook page.