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1927 Samuel 2020

Samuel Leroy Showman

November 3, 1927 — August 11, 2020

SAMUEL L. SHOWMAN transitioned peacefully on August 11th, 2020 at his Lyndhurst, Ohio home of 47 years. He was 92 years old. He was surrounded by his family and friends.

Born November 3rd, 1927. The son of Frank Warrick Showman and Lou Emma Showman, and brother to sisters Connie, Evelyn, and Doris (all deceased). Sam grew up in Connellsville PA where he lived until he enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 in 1944. He was stationed in Norfolk, VA where he excelled in Radio School. When the war ended, Sam went to live in Pittsburg and attended the Pittsburg School of Art. He worked on the railroad where is skills in Morse Code and typing were impressive.

Sam was an exceptionally good painter. He has an entire portfolio on Fine Art (
Throughout his life Sam attended at least 10 schools including Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University, in the study of the humanities and the arts. He worked for 25 years as a Tool and Die Maker forman at Fisher Body in Cleveland Ohio. After retiring from there, he spent 22 years repairing antique ceramics for Dunhill Antiques and Restoration, bringing them back to their original beauty using his incredible painting and airbrush skills.

Sam was a friendly, loving, and loyal human being who faithfully looked after his family throughout the years. He never met a person he could not talk to. He loved to fish and work with his hands doing repairs around the house, helping with the care of his kids, and gardening when he was able. He was well loved.

Sam and Joan, his wife of 50 years who passed in 2001 raised their three children together in South Euclid, Ohio. He is survived by his daughters, Dr. BJ Showman (Euclid, OH), Patricia Showman-Nelson (Rio Rico, AZ), and David L. Showman (Mentor, OH) and his 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. They are Jennifer Chmielewski, her husband Dan Chmielewski, and their son Noah, Jessica Showman, and her son David III (DJ)., David Showman Jr., and Daniel Showman, his wife Megan and their son, Daniel. His grandchildren by Patricia and Gunnard Nelson are Ian and Wyatt Nelson.

The family wishes to extend sincere gratitude to Sam's loyal friend and caregiver, Dena Ostrovsky for helping to keep him company, comfortable and well fed throughout his final years.

The family will be doing a private service for Samuel in the coming days. No flowers or donations are requested.

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