Samuel Murray Acton

July 31, 1923June 19, 2013

Samuel Murray Acton died peacefully on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in the Palliative Care Unit at the Pasqua Hospital after a valiant battle with lymphoma. The funeral service will be held in the Chapel of the Tubman Funeral Home, Wolseley, SK., on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 2:00 p.m., with Rev. Brian R. Mee officiating. Interment in the Ellisboro Cemetery. He is survived by his three daughters: Cathy of Calgary; Sheila of Regina and grandchildren Sam, Mackenzie and Josie; and Jackie (Bob) Mason of Regina and grandchildren Brady, Rebecca, Riley and Anne-Marie. Sam is also survived by brothers and sisters Beth Heath, Duncan (Millie) Acton, Elinor Relf, Doris (Leonard) Raunest, Richard (Marjorie) Acton, Donald (Sylvia) Acton, and Clifford (Enid) Acton. Sam was predeceased by his granddaughter Ava Kathleen in 1987, brother-in-law Bill Relf in 1992; niece Beverly Switzer in 1998; wife Ann in 2001; and brother-in-law Wilfred Heath in 2012. Sam was born July 31, 1923 on the home farm in the Rosewood District south of Lemberg, Sask. He enlisted in the Navy in 1940 to serve in World War 2 and was stationed on a minesweeper that patrolled Canada’s West Coast. After the war, Sam bought his Uncle Harry Birch’s farm north of Wolseley and in 1956 married a young Irish nurse, Ann Caulfield, who worked at the Balcarres Hospital. Sam and Ann resided on the farm in Wolseley where they raised their three daughters and in 1990 they moved to Regina to be closer to their family. Throughout his life Sam faced many health struggles, including a major stroke at the age of 46; colon cancer at age 70; and lymphoma at age 87. He faced each of these challenges with strength, courage and determination and refused to let his struggles defeat him. He lived his life with faith, love, compassion and joy and faced each new day with a smile on his face. He loved unconditionally; gave generously; encouraged endlessly; supported completely and lived joyfully. He was always and will continue to be a shining example to his children and grandchildren for his morals, values and Christian principles. Dad looked forward to his daily visits and tea at Victoria Square - thank you to the staff at Starbucks, Safeway and TD Bank for the joy you brought to Dad’s life. The family would also like to give special thanks to Dr. Dolatta and Nurse Helen at the Cancer Clinic for their treatment options which gave our Dad extra time with his family; Angela, Jenn and Daria from Nurse Next Door who provided support to Dad in his home which allowed him to remain there as long as possible; Dr. Johnson and her staff at the Palliative Care Unit who provided care, compassion, and love to Dad and his family during his final days; and to Dr. Barb Konstantynowicz who always made time to see Dad and who worked tirelessly to manage his health issues. All of you brought a smile to Dad’s face and joy to his life! In lieu of flowers if friends so desire contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society, 1910 McIntyre Street, Regina, SK., S4P 2R3 or to Regina Palliative Care Inc. 4F 4101 Dewdney Avenue, Regina, SK., S4T 1A5 may be tokens of remembrance. Arrangements in care of Tubman Cremation and Funeral Services. 1-800-667-8962


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Samuel Murray Acton

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Sandra McMain

August 11, 2013

Jackie, Cathy and Sheila, I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing! He was such a delight to be around I often think of him and he will be dearly missed.

Saroj and Greg Prihar/Zinck

July 18, 2013

Dearest Jackie, Cathy, Sheila and family,

I had the pleasure and privilege of meeting your Dad so many, many years ago. Your Dad was a lovely, gentle man who had this twinkle in his eye and a warm, generous smile coupled with this cute sense of humour. I have many very fond memories of your Dad: matchmaking Glenn with that woman whose name escapes me at the moment; tiger ice cream; Mario Lanzo, dinner at the farm in Wolseley, your parents having dinner at my parents home, your parents staying in the corner room at the Chateau Laurier, so many fond memories. I am proud to have been a friend of your Dad's and he truly was a good man. May your memories warm your hearts and lessen your pain. We are thinking of you, Saroj and Greg


July 4, 2013

I was sams hairstylist for almost 15 years and he was in for a trim right before he passed. sam was more than just a client to me and always made my day. i will miss him dearly as i know many will.thinking of all the family at this time

John Crone & Jean Lazar

June 30, 2013

Jackie, Bob & family,

We offer our sincere condolences. We feel privilaged to have known Sam.

June 29, 2013

Sheila & sorry to hear about your dad.

Gisele Dureau & Theresa Dureau

Joy Ballek

June 26, 2013

My deepest sympathies to you Cathy and your family on the passing of your father. He was such a sweet man and he will be forever missed. Sam is already missed at Starbucks and Safeway . Even customers ask. "Where's the gentleman that always sits and has his tea" . My prayers are with you in this time of sorrow

Krishan Kapila

June 26, 2013

A thorough gentleman.
May God grant him peace and strength to the family members.
Kapila Family

Ronda Wood

June 26, 2013

My thoughts are with you, Cathy, Sheila and Jackie. Your Dad was a wonderful gentleman.

June 26, 2013


I am sorry for your loss. I know how close you two were, and you will miss him dearly.

lauri fystrom

June 24, 2013

So sorry to hear of Sams passing.We chatted frequently at Starbucks.I didnt know him well but he always had a twinkle in his eye talking about the daily events and his wonderful family.Sincerely, Lauri from the Safeway Floral Dept.