OBITUARY

Samuel A. Hyde

October 11, 1947July 9, 2019

Samuel A. Hyde, 71 passed away on July 9, 2019, at Lutheran Hospital. He was the son of the late Raymond and Francis Hyde. He was the owner of Hyde Brothers Books. He is survived by his wife: Marilyn, son: Jacob (Ciara) Hyde 0f Huntington, daughter: Victoria L. Jauregui Wysong of Ft. Wayne, brother: Joel H. Hyde of Ft. Wayne, 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son: Benjamin Hyde. Visitation will be Sunday from 2-6 at D.O. McComb and Sons F.H. 1140 Lake Ave. Ft. Wayne, IN.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, July 14, 2019

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Jane Vorndran

July 12, 2019

We had to move into a house that was one floor because of my health. I had to pare down my library, sadly. I took Sam a ton of my beloved books. I couldn't think of anyone who would treasure them like I did besides Sam. When he saw all those books in the back of my car, I explained why I had to get rid of so many of them. He asked what was wrong. I told him I was diagnosed with MS and kept falling down stairs so we had to move. He said his mom had had it and he understood. I think he accepted many more of my books than he would have normally because he did understand. Thank you, Sam. I miss you!

Vicki Wysong

July 12, 2019

Oh Daddy I'm going to miss you. You have been my rock my hero you're an awesome dad awesome grandfather we have a lot of memories to share until we meet again I love you

Annette Lieberum

July 11, 2019

Last Easter Sam read a children’s book to his bookstore flock. Here’s a link in YouTube:
https://youtu.be/RpRLEz4-Lc0


Ronald Fritze

July 11, 2019

I was profoundly shocked when I learned that Sam had died. I have not lived in Fort Wayne since 1970 when I went off to college. But I come and visit my Mom several times a year. Some time in the late 1980s I discovered Hyde Brothers Books. I am a book person and I love second-hand bookstores and have been to many in Chicago, London, Cambridge, and Houston. I knew Sam's place was the real deal. So any time I am in Fort Wayne at least one stop at Hyde Brothers is required. Hyde Brothers has always been the best and my favorite bookstore and I have been to the Strand in NYC. Sam knew his books and he knew his customers. He will be missed.

AJ Calabresi

July 11, 2019

Sam will always be remembered as a kind and gentle soul. He was a big part of the Fort Wayne Community. I first met Sam in 2003 in his bookstore and he always was welcoming and considerate. When the stress of the world overwhelmed me - I always found peace and solace in his bookstore. Whenever I needed a book for school or personal enjoyment, he would find it for me ... I’ll miss him dearly.

Stella Stuckey

July 11, 2019

Sam always gave me the time of day. He knew my home life wasn’t that pretty and that I used his store as a refuge of sorts. Lots of my teen angst was worked out in the lower level of Hyde’s amongst the true crime and fiction mysteries. He made me a lover of written words way back then... Now my 20 year old daughter loves to spend an afternoon sitting in the very same spot I used to. Thank you to the Hyde family for sharing him with us. My condolences to you all during this time.

Annette Lieberum

July 11, 2019

Sam was kind to me — always. He will be greatly missed.

Jan Perkins

July 11, 2019

When I first moved to SW Iowa, I was a fiend for books about my home state Indiana. One in particular was Caves of Indiana. I stopped in Hyde Bros during a visit home and inquired about a copy. Sam took my name and number. About a month later, he called and said he was willing to sell me his personal copy of Caves of Indiana. I will treasure it always and also never forget Sam’s willingness to part with his copy of a book he obviously had deep feelings for just to make one customer happy. Rest In Peace Sam...I’m going to miss you.

Joe Gatchell

July 11, 2019

He never forgot a book, I’ve had several calls over the years from him when he found a book I was looking for, oftentimes years after the fact. (5+ once). I loved to frequent his store as a teenager and still as an adult in my 40’s get nostalgic going back there seeing the same faces. You will be missed.

Rhonda Guilliams

July 11, 2019

I called Hyde Brothers Books looking for book written by a relative in the very early 1900s. I was super surprised one day to get a phone call that he had found the book...................17 years later. He certainly cared about his customers, near and far! RIP Mr. Hyde and thank you for exceptional customer service.