The University of Prince Edward Island issued a statement today on the passing of UPEI honorary degree recipient Sam Sniderman.
UPEI President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz said, “Mr. Sniderman was a friend to many, including to UPEI, and was a great contributor to arts and culture in Canada. For example, he and his partner, the late Janet Mays, implemented the Sound and Film Archive as part of the Robertson Library collections at UPEI. On behalf of the entire UPEI community, I want to pass on my most sincere sympathies to Mr. Sniderman’s family, friends, and colleagues.”
Though the record retailer and colourful personality was a Torontonian through and through, Sam “the Record Man” Sniderman was a seasonal resident of PEI for many years and considered the Island his second home. Sam Sniderman received the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, from the University of Prince Edward Island in 2003 for his significant contributions to the music—in particular east coast music—industry, and for his support of music education and budding talent.