Robert Samaras Obituary
August 16, 1927 - February 21, 2018
Resided in St. Clair Shores, Michigan
Robert was the loving husband of the late Marietta and beloved father of Debbie (Brian) Dittmer, Nikki Courtney and the late Valerie. He was also grandfather “Papou” of 6 and 9 great-grandchildren.
A lifetime dedicated to integrating sports into church life, culture, and community.
Robert was won of the most progressive and knowledgeable basketball coaches in America and Canada. He used his talents to produce championship games in professional, collegiate, and high school levels.
Born in 1927, Bob was a lifetime member to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church. He served as a Council Member and led many fund raisers.
Robert received his bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees from Wayne State University. His educational career included Wayne State University Associate Professor of Health and Physical Education, Wayne State University Basketball and Baseball Coach, University of Windsor Basketball Coach. Bob created basketball clinics, was a basketball scout for various teams, and assisted a coach of a professional basketball team in Greece, to name a few of his other achievements.
A few accomplishments in his coaching career included: “Coach of the Year”15 times, led teams to 15 City and High School Titles, won 11 College Titles, won 4 National Championships out of 6 years at Windsor University and finalist one year losing the game in the final seconds, with a winning streak of 54 games in a row, Bob was inducted in the Alumni Sports Hall of Fame in Windsor.
Bob is the author of 4 books, 3 of them on basketball. The book Blitz Basketball laid out the plan for playing basketball in a matter that would later be termed a Full Court Press. It was the number one selling basketball book at the time. The other books on basketball were Treasure of Winning Basketball tips and Cut and Slash Basketball. Bob’s most treasured book that he authored, was a warm and moving memoir of his daughter Valerie, Mom I’ll Stop Crying If You Stop Crying. It revealed a courageous battle against a lifetime of Cooleys Anemia (Thalassemia) and her inspiration and courage not only to live but, to live with love, affection, and zest. At 29, she left this world as an example of what an individual can accomplish with a positive attitude not unlike her father, Robert Samaras.
His kind demeanor, great sense of humor, and warm smile will surely be missed.
Visitation Sunday 1-8 pm with trisagion at 6 pm at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave at Vernier Rd, Grosse Pointe Woods 48236.
Funeral Monday, instate 10 am until time of service 10:30 am at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 21800 Marter Rd 48080.
Burial will be at Clinton Grove Cemetery in Clinton Township, Michigan.
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Grosse Pointe Woods, MI US 48236
St. Clair Shores, MI US 48080