Sam Ellis who died at 57 years old, was well known around Dearborn and the surrounding communities, for teaching and coaching Football and mostly Wrestling. A son of Syrian immigrants, he defined the word gentleman and kindness. Ellis became known in Dearborn and surrounding cities for bringing neighborhoods together through athletics, running several community pools and baseball teams for decades. He was a national-level umpire-in-chief for baseball leagues affiliated with the United States Sports Specialty Association. In 2003, Ellis was inducted into the Dearborn Recreation Department's Special Award Hall of Fame. Having coached high school wrestling teams in Redford, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights and Inkster to countless state rankings, district, regional, and invitational championships, Ellis was also inducted to the Michigan High School Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2005.With degrees in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University, Ellis served as principal of Oakwood Middle School in Eastpointe, and, most recently, Harry Truman High School in Taylor.
He will also be remembered as a high school official for wrestling and other sports. Ellis was also known in his family for frequently taking his kids, his brother's kids, his sister's kids, his cousins' kids — often an army of children — to the movies, to the pool or to the park. In addition to his brother Tom, survivors include wife, Jennifer; daughter, Meagan, 24; son Joseph, 21; sister, Lena; and several nieces and nephews. I myself had the pleasure of knowing Sam Ellis and being a friend to this 1969 Fordson Graduate. He was my Assistant Football Coach in 1983, at Fordson, and later became a lifelong friend. We served on the Fordson Varsity Alumni Board together. He had went to high school with my Uncle Joe, and remembered him well. Facts are from the Dearborn Press & Guide July 13,2008 by Khalil AlHajal who wrote on Sam Ellis's Death.
Created by: Joel Hurley Record added: Sep 08, 2008
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Thank you Sam for all your kindness twoards me over the years. I am sorry that at least I could of said "Good Bye". I had just found out that you passed by accident. R.I.P -
Joel Hurley Added: Sep. 8, 2008