Sam Heyman

Sam Heyman, July 22, 2018. 

Our dear father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Sam Heyman, passed away on Sunday, July 22, from a series of health issues. He was the beloved son of Herman and Amelia (Haas) Heyman. They were all lifetime St. Louisans with roots going back generations.     

 Until eight short months before his death, Sam remained fully active, playing bridge, poker, attending Kiwanis meetings and driving around town.  Our dad loved life and could always talk easily to people wherever he went.  Our Mom, Helen Jean (Weil), was the love of his life.  They were teenage sweethearts and enjoyed 52 beautiful years of marriage until she passed away in 2002.   Our parents traveled extensively and enjoyed precious time with family.   We celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a dude ranch in Arizona where Dad rode horses, wrangled cattle and loved being with his grandchildren. One of our fondest memories of time together was the annual float trips on the Current River with close family friends.  

 Sam was a successful businessman working for many years in the family business, Bertha Hat Company.  The Company was originally formed in 1875 in St. Louis by Sam’s grandfather as Samuel Haas Trimmed Hat Company.  The Company had several St. Louis locations, the last of which was the Haas Building.  Still located on Jefferson at Locust, the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Following Bertha Hat, he worked in commercial real estate where his friendly, warm personality made him a success. 

 In his volunteer life, Sam was a founding member of Temple Emanuel, and heavily involved in Maplewood Kiwanis, boy scouts and Miriam School.  Just two weeks ago, Sam received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Miriam School at a luncheon at Westwood Country Club, an event he was unable to attend.  

 In May 2018, Dad was so happy to spend a weekend with four generations of family who came to St. Louis from Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Florida, Nevada, California and other locations in Missouri to see him for a wonderful reunion.  Dad is survived by his brother, Lou Heyman (Maxine), daughters Judy Willett (Clark) and Margie Pomerantz (Howard), grandchildren, Melissa Margulis (Tim), Matthew Willett (fiancé Torrie Wright) and Shoshanna Hnat (Mark), great-grand children Cheyenne, Emmet and Aviva, and many nieces and nephews. Heartfelt thanks to the staff at Brookdale Creve Coeur and Pathways Hospice for their care and support for all of us.  We will all miss him terribly.  BERGER MEMORIAL SERVICE