IN TRIBUTE: NYS Assemblyman Sam Colman, z”l
by Yitzy Fried
It was with great sadness that the Rockland Community learned of the passing of Sam Colman, a family man, dedicated public servant, and most of all, an upstanding Torah Jew who made a kiddush Hashem wherever he went. He was 90 years of age.
Born in Poland in the year 1933, his family fled in 1939 as the Nazis were approaching. They arrived in New York only fifteen years later after being captured by the Russians.
He began working as an engineer in Rockland County and reluctantly decided to run for public office. He was elected to the Rockland County Legislature in the 70’s, and became its chairman in 1978. In 1984, he was elected to the New York State Assembly, where he served for eighteen years.
Praise for the mentchlichkeit and character of Mr. Colman came from many elected officials as well, including the Town of Ramapo Supervisor. Michael B. Specht who said, “Very sorry to hear of the loss of Assemblyman Colman. After he retired from the Assembly, Sam served as Ramapo Town Justice, where I appeared before him as a lawyer. He had a passion for justice & made sure to protect the rights of all persons in his court. He will be missed.”
He was described as smart, dedicated public servant who was intent on getting things done for his constituents.
The Levaya took place Wednesday afternoon at the Monsey Community Synagogue, where he was remembered by the marah d’asrah, Rabbi Tendler, and by his children and grandchildren.
They remembered a community member, father, and grandfather who cared about every person and made their joys and sorrows his own.
Yehi zichro baruch.