Wissam Musallam passed away peacefully on November 8, 2019, in Montreal, Quebec. After a battle with mental illness, he is now able to find the peace and tranquility he was missing.
Wissam was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1967. He moved with his family to Greece and the UAE because of the Lebanese civil war; later he moved to the USA and Canada to study.
He was always a hard worker. From part-time jobs in the restaurant business to pay for his higher education, to his work in the labs for his PhD at University of Toronto and his Postdoctoral Fellowship at California Institute of Technology, Wissam gave his best. It was because of his hard work and enthusiasm for his field of study that he was offered a Canada Research Chair position at McGill University.
Above all, Sam, as most people know him, was a scientist and a family man. He loved his children and wife more than anything in the world. He was always supportive, generous, helpful, and full of life.
He is survived by his children (Christina and Sofia), his wife (Eirini), his grandmother (Khadra), his mother (Siham), his sister (Mary), his brother (Hani), his nieces, cousins and family in Canada, the US and Palestine.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Montreal Neurological Institute and hospital or by contacting Giovanna Caraffa at (514) 398-1958.
The family will receive relatives and friends at :
1255 Beaumont, Mont-Royal
||November 23, 2019
||3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Funeral will take place on November 23, 2019 4:00 PM at the following address: 1255 Beaumont, Mont-Royal - in the Complex Parlour.
Messages in memory of Wissam Musallam
December 10, 2019
Just learning about the passing of Sam has a left a weight on my heart. What can I say about Sam? His kindness and generosity was one like no other. In the brief time I knew him, I grew to care for him. He taught me a lot. Always knowing what to say and how to put it. His brilliant mind surprised me daily. He was a loving man, and loved him family so much. My heart goes out to you all. You will be missed, Sam. Rest peacefully now.
December 04, 2019
Sam was one of my favorite professors at McGill. I'm deeply saddened to hear of his passing. I only knew him briefly, but I could see that he was a brilliant man with a true passion for teaching, and for using his research to help those struggling with disabilities.
November 23, 2019
It is with profound sadness that we heard about Sam. He was such a gentle, loving man and has left a beautiful legacy in his daughter's. We are here if there's anything you need. Our sincere condolences, your loving neighbours, Howard, Louise and Brooke
November 22, 2019
Kind. Loving. Unpretentious. Bighearted. Selfless. Solid. Honest. Witty. Hard on himself and forgiving on others. A genuine family man. So many words come to mind while trying to describe who Sam was... What a great loss! This is a devastating end to a story of self-fulfillment and achievement. My heartfelt condolences to his loved ones and the family he leaves behind. May he put a smile on your faces for the rest of your days.
November 17, 2019
I am so saddened to learn of Sammy's passing. He was my roommate for a short time when he was at UofT and working at Il Fornello. One of the kindest and gentlest men I've ever met and definitely the smartest and hardest working. I lost touch with him for awhile but reconnected with him several years ago via email. I was not the least surprised to discover all the successes he'd had since we'd last spoke. What he was proudest of, however, was his wife and daughters. Knowing Sammy as I had I can only imagine what an amazing husband and father he was. I was hopeful one day of seeing him again and introducing him to my own husband and daughter. The loss of Sammy is definitely Heaven's gain. My love and throughts to his family. Rest in peace, dear Sammy. Love u, old friend.
November 15, 2019
How devastating for you all. I met Sam when he was assigned my office in Electrical Engineering at McGill. It was really hard for me to get relocated for a “new prof”, but Sam was so kind that it was truly my pleasure to hand over my keys, especially when he showed such delight that the walls were painted pink! He said He loved it and that his daughters would love that as well. We often walked together after you al moved nearby.
You have my most deepest condolences.
November 13, 2019
Syllipitiria Eirini.... Elpizo i psihi tou na vrei tin galini sto teleftaio tou taxidi. Sou stelno tin agapi mou kai polles agalies, se sena kai sta koritsia sou. Katerina Hanoumi.