The Villages, Fla. – Salim “Sam” A. Lotuff, 84, of The Villages, Fla., and a longtime Shrewsbury resident, passed away peacefully Sept. 21, 2018. He was the husband of 46 years to the late Joan C. (Morrill) Lotuff.
Born in Worcester, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Adam) Lotuff. Sam was a graduate of Commerce High School and Worcester Junior College.
Sam was the vice president of the family owned business American Garter Company and its subdivisions Seven Sisters and Latiffa for 35 years. All three companies were located in Worcester and Ware. They manufactured upscale baby clothing and women’s clothing for major retail brands and their own brand, Latiffa.
After Sam retired from manufacturing, he went back to school for gemology, and opened Latouf Jewelers in downtown Boston with his brother Robert. After a decade of success, he and his brother officially retired from the jewelry business.
Sam was an avid tennis player and after retiring to Florida continued his passion for tennis and took up the sport of golf, where he was very proud of getting a “hole in one.” He was a loyal Red Sox and Patriots fan and could often be heard directing athletes on how to play through the TV screen.
When attending social events, Sam was known to entertain people with his exceptional dancing of the dabkah. It was not unusual to see him leading the dance while balancing a filled glass on his head. He had a passion for classic cars, routinely repairing and selling them as a hobby.
Sam enjoyed attending Sunday Mass and shared his faith with his grandchildren by teaching them prayers and sponsoring them at their confirmation. Whether it was cooking ethnic meals, repairing cars, tailoring clothes, negotiating a deal or learning about sports, he always took the time to patiently teach all that he knew.
Sunday afternoons were spent with family around the dinner table enjoying home-cooked meals, a glass of wine, laughter and meaningful conversations. One of many traditions that will be cherished by his family. He was an amazing husband, father and fondly referred to as Giddo by his grandchildren. Above all, Sam was happiest spending time with family and was a dear friend to many. He will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his children, Marc M. Murphy of Petersham, Salim A. “Sam” Lotuff III and his wife Dr. Christy Williams of Southborough, Laurel L. Hannon and her husband Lawrence of Tewksbury, N.J., and Stacey A. Johnson and her husband Ronald of Shrewsbury, and his grandchildren, Thomas and Antoinette Murphy, Luke, Jack and Reese Hannon, Anthony, Alessandra and Austin Lotuff. He is also survived by his siblings, Joseph, Robert and Shirley Lotuff, and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Mary Anne Awad.
Family and friends will honor and remember Salim’s life by gathering for calling hours Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 4-7 p.m., at The Chiampa Funeral Home, ~Sumner House~, 5 Church Rd., On the Common, Shrewsbury. At the family’s request, his funeral service will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.