Manitoba lost a great community pillar this month when Ronald “Sam” Fabro passed away at 97 years of age.
Among his many personal and sport related accomplishments, Sam Fabro was also one of the founding members of the Manitoba Marathon Foundation. In response to investigative work completed by John Robertson into the living conditions of individuals with developmental disabilities living in institutional care, Sam, along with Helen Steinkopf, Dale Kendel, Jim Daly and Terry Hind conceptualized a sporting event that would function as an awareness and fundraising vehicle for the cause. By the summer of 1978 the team announced the event and the inaugural Manitoba Marathon took place on Father’s Day in 1979. As with many of Sam’s other charitable ventures, the event was driven by the community, for the community: it benefitted those in need with funding and created an opportunity for participants of all levels of ability to take part in a world-class event. Thanks in part to Sam’s work, today millions of dollars have been granted by the Manitoba Marathon Foundation to support the community.
Sam was a tireless supporter of a myriad of Winnipeg projects including the creation of Fort Whyte Alive as well as support for the Misericordia Health Centre, Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame, Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame, Villa Rosa and many others. He was recognized with many awards over the years, such as the Order of Canada in 1974 and with his induction into the Winnipeg Citizens Hall of Fame in 2013.
To read his full obituary, click here.