Shaheen D.O., Samuel H., Saginaw, Michigan


Dr. Samuel H. Shaheen of Saginaw, Michigan died peacefully in the early morning hours on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at St. Mary’s of Michigan Medical Center surrounded by his wife, children, and close family. Born March 10, 1928 in Utica, New York, Sam or “Doc,” as he was called, was the eldest child of Hikel and Hafeeza (Nasser) Shaheen, who emigrated from Lebanon in 1910. Sam was the eldest of four brothers, whose parents had always stressed the importance of education as a means to a better life. He attended public schools in Utica and entered Syracuse University at the age of 16 (majoring in Chemistry). Sam then matriculated at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating with his degree at a young age. He was recruited to intern and practice medicine in the Saginaw area. Sam married his beautiful bride, Patricia Anne Ramah, in Springfield, Massachusetts on April 15, 1965. Sam settled in Bridgeport, where his patients were primarily farmers and factory workers. He kept an open door office schedule six days a week and many evenings to accommodate his patients’ schedules and he often accepted payment in the form of produce and homemade items. Sam’s mission in life was to provide his patients with the best care, first and foremost. He regularly made house calls in the evenings and on weekends. He had a bedside manner that affected a deep care and concern for all his patients, many of whom were generations of family members. Early in his medical career, many of his older patients wanted to simplify their lives and could not afford the expense traditional home-owning entailed. Sam deeply understood this need and was determined to find a solution. He then built the first quality mobile home park in the area, which ultimately lead to other projects. His entrepreneurial strength lay in his ability to see the needs of people and the community; and then to fulfill those needs. Mobile home parks, a nursing home, retirement communities, a conference center, a hotel, commercial office buildings, restaurants, and ultimately the Temple Theatre, are examples of his deep commitment and passion to the Saginaw, Bay City, and Midland areas. Sam would often say that entrepreneurship was in his genes, fostered by a work oriented upbringing. Sam truly believed in the opportunities his town held. He was a man of simple wants with strong visions and a keen sense of turning dilapidated buildings into town jewels. His belief and philosophy were in taking care of things; whether those things were people, buildings or even the greater community. He was not one to throw anything away, and this philosophy carried through to all aspects of his personal and professional lives. Sam’s love of family was paramount. He is leaving behind his beloved wife of 48 years, Patricia Anne; his three children, Dr. Samuel J. Shaheen (wife Holly Grunwell), Sabrina Shaheen Cronin (husband Kevin Cronin), and Peter H. Shaheen (wife Kari Pulley); his ten grandchildren; beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins; three younger siblings, Albert Shaheen (wife Gloria Atallah), Reverend Joseph Shaheen, and Eli Shaheen (wife Erica Kukulies). The family wishes to thank: St. Mary’s of Michigan Medical Center’s physicians, nurses, and staff for their outstanding care and warmth; Zach Steinbacher for his sympathy and exemplary treatment; the caring staff of Covenant’s Visiting Nurses; employees, colleagues, family friends and associates for their dedication and perseverance in helping to fabricate Sam’s visions to fruition; and special cousins John and Patty Shaheen (Haddad), and Cathy Agnew (Ramah), whose love and support have permeated Sam’s being. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Monday, August 19, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 5376 State St., Saginaw. Rev. Fr. Randy Kelly will officiate. A private entombment will take place in Chapel Hill Mausoleum. Friends may call at the Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Saturday from 2:00-7:00 p.m., Sunday at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church from 2:00-7:00 p.m. and on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. A Vigil Service will take place at 5:00 p.m. Sunday at the church. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider gifts to The Temple Theatre Foundation, 201 N. Washington Ave., Saginaw, MI 48607, www.templetheatre.org. www.snowfuneralhome.net