Sam Sniderman in the Sam the Record Man store on Yonge St.
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More than 100 people came out to Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel to celebrate his life.
The iconic Canadian record retailer died in his sleep on Sunday. He was 92.
"He built a legacy from nothing, and when he got to the top he gave back," his grandson, Jason Sniderman, said during a short ceremony.
"He was proud of his family and name, and I am proud to call myself a Sniderman. My grandfather worked with hospitals and wanted the best for everyone around him. He had a passion to help others."
Sniderman, 25, said in the last five years he bonded with his grandfather at the family's home in PEI.
"We both love P.E.I., and I got to know him as a friend and not just a grandfather," Sniderman said.
Everyone will die, but that isn't the end to it, Rabbi Aaron Flanzraich said.
"We need to understand that while a person has passed away, we believe they can have a sense and feel what they have left behind," Flanzraich added.
Sniderman was a member of the Order of Canada, received an award from the Governor General, was an inductee to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and had honorary doctorates from Ryerson University and the University of Prince Edward Island.
Memorial donations may be made to Sam Sniderman Memorial Fund at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Charlottetown, PEI, c/o The Benjamin Foundation at 3429 Bathurst St., Toronto, M6A 2C3.