TORONTO – Sam Sniderman, founder of the Sam the Record Man music store chain, has died.
He was 92.
Sniderman died Sunday in Toronto in his sleep, surrounded by his loved ones, his family said in a statement.
The coast-to-coast chain, once one of the biggest in the country, went bankrupt in 2001. His flagship store on Toronto’s Yonge Street, which opened in 1959, closed in 2007.
In addition to being a businessman, Sniderman was well known as an advocate for Canadian music and its artists.
Along with his wife, he founded the Recordings Archive Library at the University of Toronto.
He was presented with the order of Canada in 1976.
Sniderman is survived by his sons, Bobby and Jason, their wives and his four grandchildren.
A service will be held Tuesday at Benjamin’s Park Memorial Chapel and details will be announced of a memorial service to be held in October.