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"NYS" 2008 Obituary


NYSTROM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-07 published
BALAZ, Tamara " Tammy" May (née SAMUEL)
Tammy passed away peacefully Saturday January 5th 2008 with her family by her side after a long, heroic battle with cancer.
She was the beloved wife and best friend of Richard M. (Rick) BALAZ. Best Mom in the world to Lisa and Michael who love her soooo much. Truly adored daughter of the late Ernest L. and Elizabeth SAMUEL of Oakville, Ontario.
Tammy is deeply loved and cherished by her sister Kim SAMUEL- JOHNSON and her daughter Caitlin, her brother Mark SAMUEL and his children Emma and Griffin.
Fondly remembered by her father-in-law and mother-in-law Michael and Magdalene BALAZ. Sister-in-law Mary NYSTROM her husband Paul and their children Christy, Theresa and Erik. Her brother-in-law Joseph BALAZ, his wife Sue and their children Nicholas and Hailey.
Tammy was an accomplished equestrian champion and upon the passing of her father she took over the leadership of Sam-Son Farm, one of North America's leading Thoroughbred breeding and racing operations. Tammy was a director of Woodbine Entertainment Group, The Jockey Club of Canada, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and the Jockey Club of New York.
Tammy was also a director of her family's business, Samuel son and Co., Limited.
Tammy's main goal in life and her greatest achievement was to make everyone around her happy. She always put the needs of others before her own.
Visitation will take place at Glen Oaks Memorial Chapel, 3164 9th Line, Oakvillefrom 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Tues Jan 8. All are welcome. There will be a private family funeral.

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