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Sam Rice Passes

Published: April 15, 2018 11:51 am ET

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Standardbred racehorse owner Sam Rice, of Monticello, New York, passed away peacefully on Saturday (April 14) after a brief battle with cancer at Elderwood Nursing Facility in Hamburg, New York. He was 87.

He was the son of the late Morris and Sara Ricer. Born on July 15, 1930 in Poland, Sam was a holocaust survivor, and he immigrated to the United States in the late 1940s.

Rice worked many years as a kosher chef in the Catskill Mountains during the heyday at the Tamarack Lodge and the Raleigh Hotel, amongst others. While Rice cooked for many celebrities and dignitaries, he also volunteered his culinary time and talent to local synagogues in the area.

He was a member of the USC Shoah Foundation, long time member of the United States Trotting Association and the Monticello Harness Horsemen Association. Throughout the majority of his life, he owned racehorses at Monticello Raceway, as well as other metropolitan racetracks.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and friend to all that knew and loved him. He will be sadly missed.

He is survived by his daughters, Marilyn Del Gaizo (Michael), Gail Soberon (George), his sons, Stuart Rice and Jack Rice (Maria), nine grandchildren, four great grandchildren and one sister, Dina Rotsztein. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son Edward Rice as well as a brother and sister.

Funeral Services will be held at Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 396 State Route 52, Woodbourne, New York at 11:00 a.m.

Interment will follow at Glen Wild Cemetery, Glen Wild, New York.

Please join Standardbred Canada in offering condolences to the family and friends of Sam Rice.

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