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Samuel Harvey Jospin died on May 13, 2015. Sam was born in 1922, in Bessemer, Alabama, the son of Rachel and David Jospin. He attended Bessemer High School where he was a star right tackle on the football team. After high school, he attended the University of Alabama, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity. He spent his college summers working in the U.S. Steel iron ore mines to help pay for his education. During college, he participated in Officers Candidate School, and upon early graduation in 1943, he joined the US Army, serving in England and the Philippines and rising to the rank of Captain.

jospin - sam (150 x 212)He met his wife and best friend of 65 years, Sara Ehrenreich Jospin, in Miami Beach, FL, in 1949. They were engaged soon after they met, and married later that year. They have two children, Walter Jospin (Wendy Shoob) and Deborah Jospin (Chris Gallagher), and four grandchildren (Alexandra and Scott Jospin, and Jonathan and Matthew Dutko). Sam is also survived by his sister, Charlotte Cohn of Gadsden, Alabama.

Sam was a long-time stockbroker, starting his career at Varnedoe, Chisholm and Skinner, which was later acquired by the Robinson Humphrey Company. Sam spent many happy years as a wealth manager and retired in 2005, as a Senior Vice President of what by then had become Smith Barney.

He was an active member of the Jewish Educational Alliance, the Agudath Achim Synagogue, the B’nai B’rith Jacob Synagogue, and the Savannah Golf Club. He served on the boards of the Savannah Public Library and various other local nonprofit organizations.

Sam loved his family, his friends, his adopted hometown of Savannah, Tybee Island, The Robinson Humphrey Company, and the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide Football Team.

The graveside funeral service will be Friday, May 15, 2015, at 1:00pm at Bonaventure Cemetery, conducted by Rabbi Ruven B. Barkan.

Remembrances: Hospice Savannah, the Jewish Educational Alliance, or the charity of your choice.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Joseph DeHaven, Dr. William Wallace, their staffs, and all of his caregivers for the wonderful care given to Sam.

Online Condolences

  1. Miriam Center says:

    Sara, Debbie and Walter,

    I will remember Sam’s wonderful sense of humor and smile when thinking of him.

    Glad that he was part of my life.

    Miriam Center

  2. Kent Alexander says:

    What a wonderful, gracious, gentle, and caring man. So very very sorry for your loss which is a loss for us all. Much love, Kent

  3. Tara Sonenshine says:

    Thinking of Deb and all of her family at this time of loss.

  4. Nicole Gallagher says:

    Sending love and peace to Sara, Deb, Walter, and the entire Jospin family.

    We will miss Grampa Sam.

    Nicole, Will, and Sacha

  5. Tracy and John says:

    Dear Sara, Deb, Walter, Jono and Matthew–we have such wonderful memories of time spent with Sam. He will be missed. Much love to you all, Tracy and John

  6. Mark and Shawn says:

    We send our love and condolences to Deb and Chris,
    Walter, Sara and Matt and Jonno. We wish we
    could be there on Friday. You are in our thoughts
    and hearts.

  7. Andrew Eills says:

    Our family sends condolences and love to Sara, Walter, Deb, Chris, Matt, and Jono. Sam was a gracious and kind person who shall be remembered. Our thoughts are with you.

    Andrew, Caitlin, Thatcher, Lucy, and Ajah

  8. Bob and Bonnie Dixon says:

    Sara, Walter,Matt and Jonno; So very sorry on Sam’s passing. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. Myung says:

    Much love to you, Deb, and your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Cities of Service says:

    The entire Cities of Service team is thinking of you and your family, Deb. We send you our love!

  11. Karen Dahl says:

    Deb and family,

    I’m so very sorry for the loss of your father.



  12. Rochelle Monk says:

    Deb, you and your family are in my thoughts. May the memories and legacy of your father console you during this time. Peace, Rochelle

  13. Greg Propper says:

    Deb, Chris, Matt, Jono and the whole family-

    I am thinking of you all today and sending you my deepest condolences. I know how much Sam meant to each of you and I was grateful for the chance to meet him myself on a few different special occasions and family gatherings. He was so kind and full of pride in each of you. He is leaving quite an incredible legacy behind. Love to all of you. xoxoxo Greg

  14. Jeannie Diefenderfer says:

    Dear Deb and family, our hearts are with you during this time of sorrow, and yet of gratitude and celebration of your father’s life.

  15. Scott's Booz Allen Team says:

    Dear Scott and family – we are very sorry for your loss. Sending our sincere regrets and condolences.
    Much love,
    Tatiana, Laura, Lisa, Lindsay, Christopher, Mark, Willma, and Charlie

  16. Diane Hessan says:

    Deb, my heart goes out to you and your family. You always spoke with such passion about your father, and he must have been a truly wonderful man — and an Alabaman, no less. He must have been very proud of you and all that you have accomplished in your life. Sending a huge hug.

  17. Jeff Kindler & Sharon Sullivan says:

    Dear Deb: You and your family are in our thoughts. Your father seems like great an extraordinary and wonderful person–just like his daughter.
    All our love,
    Jeff and Sharon

  18. Alan Solomont says:

    All of your friends at Tisch College, the staff and board, mourn the passing of your father. We know what a wonderful daughter you have been and what a wonderful person you are. We send you our heartfelt condolences and much love.

  19. Sarah Kaplan Epstein says:

    Dear Sarah, Walter, Debbie, and family,

    Sam was a dear man and always the gentleman. He raised two wonderful children, and I’m sure he was a loving and kind grandfather. I will always remember him fondly, and I wish you many happy memories of your years with Sam. I’m so grateful to have known him.

    My deepest sympathy and love,

  20. Katie Leonberger says:

    Dear Deb and Family,

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. Given what an inspiring and loving person Deb is and what I’ve heard about Sam over the years, I know he was extraordinary.

    I’m sending you all of my love and support, and lots of big hugs.

    All my best,

  21. Deb Knez says:

    Deb and family

    Please know my thoughts are with you . Your father
    Sounded like a very special man and I am sure he was
    Incredibly proud of you.

    My deepest condolences
    Deb Knez

  22. Kiff Gallagher says:

    Dearest Sara, Deb, Walter and family:

    We send our deepest condolences to you and all who share love for Sam.

    In our times with him, Sam was always equal parts gentleman and sweatheart; wise man and cool cat. We see and feel his spirit in all the Jospins we are blessed to know and love.

    In loving memory of Samual Harvey Jospin,

    Kiff, Hahva, Luca

  23. Rebecca Starling says:

    Walter and family,
    Please accept my condolences on your father’s passing.

  24. Sandy Geller says:

    Sadness and celebration of a man’s life. Your Dad was fortunate to have you as his loving daudaughter. And you are fortunate to have known the love of a devoted Father. This is such an affirmation for a woman.
    Love to you and your family.
    Sandy and Alan

  25. Marcia Hope Goodwin says:

    Dearest Deb,

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I know that your father was very special to you (as you have shared with me) and I know he must have been extremely proud of you. I am praying that you and your family will be comforted by your loving memories and by knowing that so many friends care about you. You have my deepest condolences and I’m sending big hugs.

  26. Vu Dang says:


    What an amazing life your father led. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. My heartfelt condolences and best wishes to you and all of your family during this time.

    With love,


  27. Betsy Busch says:

    Deb – My sincere condolences on the loss of your father. He does sound like a pillar of the community in Savannah, and a man with a loving and generous heart. He must have been so proud of you!

    I hope you will remember the very best times you had together, when you think of him, and hope that the love of your family and friends will help to sustain you through this loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. And here’s a big (long-distance) hug! love – Betsy

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