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Samuel Shekman

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Samuel Shekman of Woodbridge, CT, passed away due to a tragic accident on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at West Rock Mountain in Woodbridge, CT. Sam was born in New Haven, CT and lived in Woodbridge, CT, before moving to Willimantic, CT to attend the ECSU in Willimantic, CT two years ago. He graduated Amity High School in Woodbridge, CT Class of 2012. Sam lived a full life and had a fuller one still ahead of him. He loved people and was loved by everyone – friends, little kids, adults and peers. He enjoyed playing rugby and computer games, kayaking, counseling special needs children, camping, rock concerts and was always ready to lend a helping hand.  Sam is survived by his father, Michael Shekman, Mother, Tanya Shekman, and older brother Dan Shekman, all from Woodbridge, CT.
Funeral service will take place on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 11am at East Side Cemetery, 157 South Pease Rd, Woodbridge, CT. Family and friends are invited back to the Shekman’s Family house at 41 Manila Ave. in Woodbridge following the service. In lieu of flowers please make a small donation to the Sam Shekman Rugby Fund, ECSU Foundation, 83 Windham ST., Willimantic, CT 06226.
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#1 Comment By Priscilla W. Hallman On August 19, 2014 @ 8:44 pm

I had the honor of working with Sam at the ARC at Camp Harkness. Sam was a vibrant soul, joyous, and attentive with campers and staff alike. My sympathies to his family and friends. Know his life had a positive impact. He will be remembered and missed.

#2 Comment By Scott DeMeo On August 19, 2014 @ 9:17 pm

As a teacher at Amity High School, I knew Sam in and out of the classroom. Most of my interactions with him were through the Amity Rugby Club. I will remember him as a fun loving and dedicated player who made everyone around him smile. He will be missed.

#3 Comment By Melanie Borges On August 20, 2014 @ 1:42 am

My children, Jared and Lisa Silberkleit, went to Amity High School with Sam. Our sincerest condolences to Sam’s family and friends.

#4 Comment By Julie Chevan On August 20, 2014 @ 12:09 pm

Sam was in my English class two years in a row at Amity High School. I so enjoyed watching him mature into a confident and creative young man with such a positive spirit. His writing reflected his unique perspective on the world and his sense of humor. I’m glad to have known him and so sorry for your loss.

#5 Comment By Aj & Trish Santagata On August 20, 2014 @ 5:32 pm

Tanya and family, we were deeply saddened to hear of Sam’s passing. Our hearts break for your family. We pray that you all can find some peace through this tragic time. If there is anything we can for you, please let us know.

With Love,

Aj & Trish

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
~Mary Elizabeth Frye

#6 Comment By The Arc New London County On August 20, 2014 @ 7:10 pm

To Sam’s Family,

We are heartbroken to have lost our “Johnny Cash”. Sam was one of a kind, and he was much loved by everybody at Camp Harkness. Please know that our thoughts are with you all.

So sorry for your loss,
All of us at The Arc New London County

#7 Comment By Mel Nemcek On August 21, 2014 @ 2:02 am

I had the honor to meet Sam aka “Johnny” this summer at camp. He was always full of smiles an loved life. My condolences to his family. His life impacted may in ways that can never be expressed.

#8 Comment By Tom Snyder On August 21, 2014 @ 11:00 am

Sam, I am so blessed to have known you. Our time in the classrooms of Amity Middle School was filled with joy and smiles and learning and trust and believing in good and better things. You gave that to me, and I thank you. While your years were brief, you did much for many. The night sky has another very bright star, lighting the way for us. To Michael and Tanya and Dan, my deepest and most heartfelt condolences. Go out tonight and find that star. It is Sam – forever lighting your lives.

#9 Comment By Yelena Gerovich On August 22, 2014 @ 2:29 pm

Dear Tanya, Michael, Dan and Babushka,
We are at a loss for words during this sorrowful time. Sam left this world loved and will be loved beyond. Ha’makom yenahem etkhem betokh she’ar avelei Tziyonvi’Yerushalayim. Please know that we are thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort.
Yelena and Simon Gerovich

#10 Comment By Yelena Gerovich On August 22, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

Dear Tanya, Michael, Dan and Babushka!
We are at a loss for words during this sorrowful time. Sam left this world loved and will be loved beyond. Ha’makom yenahem etkhem betokh she’ar avelei Tziyonvi’Yerushalayim. Please know that we are thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort.
Yelena and Simon Gerovich

#11 Comment By Pavel Etingof On August 25, 2014 @ 7:17 pm

Dear Misha, Tanya, and all,

We have no words to express our sorrow and sympathy and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The Etingofs.

#12 Comment By Linda Cohen On September 13, 2014 @ 4:58 pm

At The Amity Teen Center, we were all very saddened to hear about Sam.
He will be missed. We send Sam’s family our deepest sympathy. He was a wonderful young man.