Sam Wool

Sam Wool, April 13, 1911 – December 12, 2016.

Such a graceful, strong guy – strong and graceful through all his 105 years. 

Well known for his integrity as a businessman and for his loyalty and steadfastness as a friend, husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, Sam was widely respected and loved.  Born in 1911 he witnessed the great and small changes in the world over the long arc of his life.  He loved America and always said, “I’m so glad my parents didn’t miss the boat.”

In 1932, with his father, Louis, in the midst of the great depression, Sam founded, owned and operated General Iron and Steel Co., Inc. for over fifty years.  He retired in 1983 after serving his industry as president of the St. Louis Chapter, Institute of Scrap Iron and Steel and of the Associated Waste Materials Dealers.  He was one of the first, after World War II to have the vision to import structural steel from overseas, bringing it by ship to New Orleans, then loading it onto barges, which then made their way up the Mississippi river to St. Louis.

He was a member of B’nai Brith, a member of the B’nai Amoona Congregation as well as a member of the Benjamin Franklin Masonic Lodge.  He also was president of La Beaume Rental Account.

Sam was an avid golfer – and a good one – until he broke his arm at 102.  He had a sharp wit, and up until he stopped driving at 103, would joke, “If I wanted a date, all I have to do is walk into the dining room of Covenant House, and yell, ‘I drive at night’.” He was a fabulous dancer and, when he spontaneously broke into song, his voice was a rich, deep and vibrant baritone.  For years, his phone message announced, “…thank you for calling – I’m out and about enjoying my good life…”  

The love story of Sam and Libbie, his precious wife of 67 years, was known to all.  Known to all as well, was his devoted and loving care of her during her long illness until her death in 2000.  His only child Joyce, his only grandchild Emily and his only great grandchild Jasper have been the fortunate recipients of his never ending support and presence and are eternally grateful to have had such an inspiring man meaningfully in their lives for such a long and happy time.

Sam had two mottoes that guided his life, and that his many nieces, nephews, admirers, and that his loyal caregiver Joanne Wilson will remember always:  “This too shall pass…” he would say in the face of adversity.  And, to illustrate his love of life – “Let the good time roll…”

Let the good times roll on Sam.  We love you.

Graveside Service: Thursday, December 15th, 2 PM at B’nai Amoona Cemetery, 930 North & South Road. Memorial contributions preferred to BJC Hospice Foundation. Please visit BERGER MEMORIAL SERVICE