July 15, 1930 - April 14, 2018

Monticello, NY

Sam Rice of Monticello NY passed away peacefully on Saturday April 14, 2018 after a brief battle of cancer at Elderwood Nursing Facility in Hamburg, New York. He was 87.

He was the son of the late Morris and Sara Ricer. Born on July 15, 1930 in Poland. Sam was a holocaust survivor. He immigrated to the United States in the late 1940s. He worked many years as a kosher chef in the Catskill Mountains during the heyday at the Tamarack Lodge and the Raleigh Hotel and amongst others. He cooked for many celebrities and dignitaries. He also volunteered his cooking at local synagogues in the area.

He was a member of the USC Shoah Foundation, long time member of the United States Trotting Association and the Monticello Harness Horsemen Association. Majority of his life he owned race horses at Monticello Raceway as well as other metropolitan racetracks.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and friend to all that knew and loved him. He will be sadly missed.

He is survived by his daughters, Marilyn Del Gaizo (Michael) and Gail Soberon (George); his sons, Stuart Rice and Jack Rice (Maria); nine grandchildren; four great grandchildren and one sister, Dina Rotsztein.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son Edward Rice as well as a brother and sister.

Funeral Services will be held at Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 396 State Route 52, Woodbourne, New York at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 19th. Rabbi Stamler will officiate. Interment will follow at Glen Wild Cemetery, Glen Wild, New York.

Arrangements under the care of Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, for further information call 845-434-7363 or visit www.colonialbryantfuneralhome.com