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"LOM" 2002 Obituary


LOMBARDI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-06 published
LOMBARDI, Domenic -- Who passed into God's hands on December 6, 1999. Gone are the days we used to share, But in our hearts you are always there, The gates of memory will never close, We miss you more than anyone knows, With tender love and deep regret, We who love you will never forget. --Sadly missed by your loving brother Bert, Karen, Philip, Christopher and all your family and Friends.

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LOMBARDO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2002-12-05 published
By Robin TAILOR/TAYLOR Thursday, December 5, 2002 -- Page A32
Businessman, musician, community leader. Born May 24, 1916, in Hamilton, Ontario Died Sept. 13 in Hamilton, of congestive heart failure, aged 86.
Even well into his 80s and regardless of the company he was in, Sam TAILOR/TAYLOR was always the youngest one in the room. There was always a tease, always a story to be told; with wry humour, he was always looking for a way to connect.
Born during the First World War, he spent his first year cradled under the cash register of his parents' pool hall in Hamilton's north end. He would later quip how that early version of daycare presaged his later career as an accountant.
While he loved to learn, he started school on a bit of a false note when he had to repeat Grade 1 after spending most of the year looking for snakes on the escarpment. Losing his father just shy of his ninth birthday, however, made him grow up fast. The Depression came five years early to the family of Russian immigrants but music showed a way out; by his mid-teens he was the main breadwinner.
He began by playing afternoon tea dances, earning money for bread and essentials and he soon lucked into a full-time job playing bass. A tuba player, he didn't know a thing about string instruments but cajoled his high school music teacher into lending him a bass fiddle for the summer on the pretext he would play in the school orchestra come the fall. Within three days, he had taught himself enough about the fingering and chords to make it through the audition. As a bonus, he even fit into the band uniform and so he got the job.
He went on to better-paying gigs at the Palais Royale and the Chateau Laurier's Grill Room and crossed the country playing with many of the well-known dance bands of the day. When he was 18, his mother had lost the family home. By the time he was 23, he had bought it back.
Music carried him through the Second World War. He was turned down by the air force for a combat role when he had his eyes tested for the first time in his life ("Son, you couldn't hit a German target if you were sitting on it") and was instead chosen to play in the Royal Canadian Air Force band.
As the war drew to a close, he looked to accountancy as a way to see more of the daylight hours and to allow him to start a family. Putting aside an offer to tour with Guy LOMBARDO, he studied between gigs and, in 1949, formed the Hamilton firm Taylor Leibow with his friend Kevey. They documented the deal with a handshake, started out by sharing a desk and worked in that spirit for more than half a century.
His first real vacation came shortly thereafter when he went to a small resort in the Catskills with two bachelor Friends and met a diminutive New Yorker named Peanuts. He proposed to Anna KLEIN (a.k.a. Peanuts) four days later and remained in love for 52 years.
They adopted the tune Tenderly as their own and it said everything about them. He felt that being a husband and father was his true life's work and he was a constant champion of his two children.
He was engaged in his community and the list of Jewish, civic and charitable organizations where he gave his commitment and his energy is a portrait of decency. He remembered where he came from and he wanted to give back.
He especially believed that music was an integral part of community life. A bassist with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra for 35 years, he worked hard to ensure its survival when it teetered towards bankruptcy. At the opening of the 2002 season, the musicians dedicated the concert to him.
He touched many lives. At his funeral, a standing-room-only crowd extended well to the back of the sanctuary and overflowed into the hallway. It was the most eloquent accolade possible.
Robin TAILOR/TAYLOR is Sam's daughter.

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