Sam Siclair

December 08, 1919 ‒ March 19, 2017

Galion, Ohio

Sam S. Siclair, 97, of Galion passed away Sunday evening, March 19, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.

He was born December 8, 1919 in Galion and was the son of Dominic and Florence (Suratchi) Siclair. On April 18, 1947 he married Kathleen Watts and they enjoyed 69 years of marriage until her passing on May 18, 2016.

Sam was a 1939 graduate of Galion High School and went to proudly serve his country in the United States Navy as a Boatsman 1st class during World War II. He and his wife owned and operated Galion Canvas from 1957 until 1986 at which time they turned the business over to their son. Sam was a former member of the Galion Elks Lodge 1191 and the American Legion Scarbrough Post 243 both of Galion and was currently a member of the Galion Golden Age Center and the American Civil Liberties Union. He previously served as chairman of the Crawford County Democratic Party and was very active in politics and enjoyed gardening.

Sam is survived by his children Diane Bryant of Sandusky, Steve (Nancy) Siclair of Galion, Sherry (Susan Blakley) Siclair of Atlanta, Georgia, Mary (Steve) Willis of New Albany and Tammy (John) Erlsten of Galion; 8 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren and two sisters Mary Curran of Galion and Clara Zara of Mansfield.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife and three brothers Nick, Tony and Carl Siclair.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Civil Liberties Union or the Galion Golden Age Center in care of the funeral home.

The family would like to thank all of his caregivers, Cathe, Randi, Darlene, Chris, Tiffany and Paula.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Sam Siclair, and condolences may be made to them at

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  • Tammy and John and family, We are so sorry to read about the death of your Father. What a wonderful man he was. May he rest in Peace now with your Mother. Thinking of all of you.

  • Was so sad to read that Sammy had passed. Always enjoyed talking and having a good laugh with him. Prayers sent to the family.
    Geral and Judy Dyer

  • Condolences to the Siclair family. Sam was a great man and friend. Loved working for him, during the summer of 75. RIP

  • Dear Diane and family, Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your dear one. Sam gave me my first job and he was a great and caring man. Loved his laugh and that is how I’ve always remembered him — with a big smile. Praying for your comfort and peace. Pam Faulds Hager

  • Dear Siclair family,

    Such a loss after a long and meaningful life. Now Sam’s spirit has joined with your Mom’s. What a memorable, authentic pair who steadfastly held to their beliefs. Who couldn’t love them?

    I’m reminded that Sam was an immigrant’s son who built and contributed in many ways. We’re grateful

    Peggy Cagle

  • Diane and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our condolences to you and your family. With sympathy, Debbie and Rich Renock

  • There’s so many things about Sam that I will miss. Sitting at the table while he ate his breakfast talking about “crump” , him trying to show me how to make a bell out of a thin rope, something he use to teach while in the Navy, to the many “thank you’s” he’d say daily for every little thing you’d do for him. I will always remember fixing some popcorn about 2 am. And Sam hollering from his bedroom “hey I want some of that popcorn.” He informed me he made the best popcorn. That was true. I will miss my dear friend.


  • So sorry to hear of Sams passing. My condolences to the family and Gods blessings. With sympathy
    Colleen Hocker Schuman

  • My most sincere condolences to the family. So sorry to hear of Sams passing. He will be missed.

    Colleen Hocker Schuman

  • So sorry for your loss, I will truly miss my yearly visit with Sam! May he rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Rick and Jan Germann

  • My thoughts and prayers to Mary, Tammy, Steve and all of the family and friends of Sammy, what a great guy. The world was a better place with Sammy in it. He was so much fun to be around. He will be missed.

  • My sympathies and prayers to all of the Siclair family. Sam and Kathleen were wonderful people and I will always remember them fondly. Sammy always had a kind word and smile for me when I saw him, and always wanted to do something to help with whatever was going on. A very generous soul.

  • To the Siclair Families,
    Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of your father. Sammy was a great role model for many.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • Dear Sam,

    I will miss you. I will miss your love of life; the stories about the deer and foxes living on the back acres; the tour of the yard, gardens, and pond; our concretion connection; your interest in my boring engineer’s stories; your curiosity about the world; your liberal politics; and the way you always made me feel welcome.
    I will always remember my best friend Sherry’s dad Sam. Yes I will miss you.