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Samuel H. Altman
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“Dear Susan I just minutes ago heard this dreadful news, based on Armand´s wonderful remembrance. Sam was such a lovely man. He did have the best...Read More »
1 of 42 | Posted by: Ann Stirling

“Just heard of Sam's passing from Harris who just heard from Byron who heard from Sherry. So very sorry for you and the family and Sam. My best and...Read More »
2 of 42 | Posted by: Robert Marks - FL - Friend

“Dear cousin Susan,I tried to find a contact number for you and/or address that my mom would've left but was not successful. My mom, Margery Gassner...Read More »
3 of 42 | Posted by: Lisa Gassner - West Hartford, CT

“December 4, 2020We are so very saddened to hear about the family's loss of Sam.Our family (6) moved from New York City in 1997 to Charleston and met...Read More »
4 of 42 | Posted by: Alice and John Saunders - Friend

“December 4th 2020. Sam was an important ingredient to our family (6) that moved from New York to Charleston in 1997. He became a friend to us over...Read More »
5 of 42 | Posted by: Alice and John Saunders

“Susan, Jon, Allie, Jack, Lily and all,Our hearts are heavy. The stories told about Sam at the funeral service were so very moving and in keeping with...Read More »
6 of 42 | Posted by: Sue, Howard & Isaac Gartzman - IL

“Dear Susan and Family,Please accept my heartfelt condolences on Sam's passing. Vivian always spoke so highly of him and I remember her telling...Read More »
7 of 42 | Posted by: Karen Sax - Radnor, PA

“We are terribly distressed to learn of Sam’s passing. He was more than a great friend. He was a great man. I have always thought of him as the...Read More »
8 of 42 | Posted by: Alex and Zoe Sanders - Friend

“Dear Susan, Gene and I are so sad to hear of Sam's passing. Please accept our prayers and thoughts for you and your whole family. Dale PoulnotGene...Read More »
9 of 42 | Posted by: Dale Poulnot - Charleston, SC

“I am the owner of the bicycle shop below his office. Sam has been my landlord for over a decade. He selflessly helped me to achieve success and he...Read More »
10 of 42 | Posted by: Daniel Russell-Einhorn

“I can not express in words the loss felt by me and my family of Sam's sudden demise. We lift the Altman's name in prayer and extend to them our love...Read More »
11 of 42 | Posted by: Patricia Mccurdy - Coworker

“We are deeply saddened today to learn of Mr. Altman's passing. He was our Club's attorney with lots of wisdom and advice given over the years. He...Read More »
12 of 42 | Posted by: Karen Vaughn - Acquaintance

“The Altman Family:Please accept my sincerest sympathy on the passing of your dear husband, father and grandfather. As a fellow attorney over many...Read More »
13 of 42 | Posted by: R. Allen Young - Friend

“So very saddened to hear of Sam's passing. I worked as one of Sam's paralegals for 39 years during which time he was a great mentor, advisor and...Read More »
14 of 42 | Posted by: Tenna Goodyear - North Charleston, SC

“We were terribly saddened to hear of Sam';s passing. He was a sweet and wonderful guy. We will miss our occasional visits and his wonderful smile. ...Read More »
15 of 42 | Posted by: Haskell Toporek - Augusta, GA

“What a shock. My world and life feel darker. But I am a better person from having known a true tzadik. Sam is truly a righteous man who has made the...Read More »
16 of 42 | Posted by: Leonard A Greene Greene - SC

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17 of 42 | Posted by: leonard A Greene Greene - SC

“I'm very sorry for your loss, may Samuel Rest In Peace. ”
18 of 42 | Posted by: John Maley - Southboro, MA

“Dear Susan,You had a champion in Sam. He was always the kindest, most compassionate person. I remember as a very young girl that one child in our...Read More »
19 of 42 | Posted by: Judy Seigel - Friend

“Sam was my employer and mentor when I first began the practice of law. Even though our practices took different paths, my respect and affection for...Read More »
20 of 42 | Posted by: Graham Sturgis - Friend

“To the entire family of Sam Altman,Our hearts are broken. We will painfully miss our dear friend, Sam, who has been so close to us for most of our...Read More »
21 of 42 | Posted by: Sharon & Eddie Toporek - SC

Dolomite mountains of Italy with Altmans and Goldbergs “Sam was family and we treasure the trips and adventures we shared. He was kind, ethical, generous-a role model for humanity. Our thoughtful and fun...Read More »
22 of 42 | Posted by: Phyllis and Herbie Goldberg - CA

“To: Susan & Altman Family:We were so shocked to receive the news about Sam. We went through high school together and remained friends for the past...Read More »
23 of 42 | Posted by: Joel & Barbara Feldman - AZ

“We have known Sam and Susan for 40 years. We have too many wonderful memories of dinners, celebrations, and visits with them to begin to count....Read More »
24 of 42 | Posted by: Lynn & Ron McBride/Norton - SC

“I had the privilege to work for Sam for about five years. I am sad to hear of his passing and my thoughts go out to his family. Sam was one of the...Read More »
25 of 42 | Posted by: Kim Weldin - Coworker

“Susan, Jonathan, Allison, your crushing loss devastates us. To all of you and your extended family, we wish you long life. Love, Joe and Edie. ”
26 of 42 | Posted by: Joe and Edie Rubin - Charleston, SC

“I only met Mr. Altman one time in 2000 when his son Johnathan was representing us in another matter. It was the weekend and I needed some paperwork...Read More »
27 of 42 | Posted by: Rev. Preston and Terry Cravey

“I was surprised and saddened to learn of Sam’s passing. Sam and I were MUSC Wellness Center workout buddies. We were also fellow Tulane &...Read More »
28 of 42 | Posted by: James O. Breeden - Friend

“Dearest Susan, Allison, Jonathan and family,We were so very saddened to hear this sad news. We have shared a history of friendship and so many...Read More »
29 of 42 | Posted by: Cynthia and Stanley Wright - FL

“Sam was one of our favorite people. We treasured him for his sweetness, warmth, steady demeanor, kindness and friendship. The world and our lives...Read More »
30 of 42 | Posted by: Madeline Millman - Friend

“I only had the privilege of knowing Sam for two weeks as the receptionist at his law firm. He and his son are the kindest employers I have ever...Read More »
31 of 42 | Posted by: Meghan Stick - Isle of Palms, SC

“Patty and I were so sad to hear of Sams passing. Sam was a gentleman and a gentle man. He will be missed by everyone who had the good fortune to have...Read More »
32 of 42 | Posted by: Marshall Miller - Mt Pleasant, SC

“Sam was a wonderful guy Family was so important to him you could see that in the way that he conducted his life He will be sorely missed And left a...Read More »
33 of 42 | Posted by: Steve & Elisa W. Weinstein

“Sam was our Bank's attorney for 16 years. Through that time Sam and I worked closely together on all types of legal issues. Sam was a great...Read More »
34 of 42 | Posted by: Ben Seabrook - Mount Pleasant, SC

“I met Sam and his lovely wife at my niece's wedding. He was an amazing person, and I am thankful I was privileged to spend some time with him and...Read More »
35 of 42 | Posted by: Angela Christopherson - NC

“To The Altman Family -- for the past decade working along side Allison we have shared so much together. Yes, the ups-and-downs of building one of the...Read More »
36 of 42 | Posted by: Grant Deady - frankfort, IL

“I worked with Sam over the past several months as his paralegal. He had a wealth of knowledge which he generously shared. I learned much from him...Read More »
37 of 42 | Posted by: Cindy Smart - Charleston, SC

“Susan and family, I am so sorry to hear this sad news. My thoughts and love are with you..I hope that your good memories will help you all at this...Read More »
38 of 42 | Posted by: Annette Sherman - Thornhill

“So very sorry to hear about my cousin Sam. My sympathy to his family and wife Susan. RIP Sam. ”
39 of 42 | Posted by: Sherri Dangerfield - Charleston, SC

“Our deepest sympathy,Cathy & Ty Cline ”
40 of 42 | Posted by: Cathy & Ty Cline - Charleston, SC

“Sam, Dear Sam,Sam and I recently worked together on the ILA project. Started as business associate and progressed to close friendship.Sam was a true...Read More »
41 of 42 | Posted by: John Nance - charleston, SC

“I have known and worked with Sam for 35 years, and have always been proud to call Sam my friend. I am so saddened by his passing, and my thoughts &...Read More »
42 of 42 | Posted by: Tony Young - Charleston, SC

Samuel H. Altman, 79, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, husband of Susan Weinstein Altman entered into eternal rest Sunday, November 8, 2020. Due to COVID, his graveside service will be private and limited to immediate family at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at Emanu-El Cemetery (Maryville). To view the service please visit the following: Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

Sam was born September 1, 1941, in Charleston, South Carolina, son of the late Israel Herman Altman and Edith Tesler Altman. He grew up working at his father's furniture store and attended Rivers High School and Tulane University. He received his J.D. from the University of South Carolina and was a respected attorney for more than 54 years. During half of that time, Sam and his son Jonathan practiced law together. As a partner at Derfner & Altman, Sam was a recipient of the South Carolina Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year and was also recognized by the American Bar Association for this work. He also served as a member of the City of Charleston Board of Zoning Adjustment for more than 25 years.

He loved to travel with Susan and their friends and had a lifelong love affair with the city of New Orleans. Sam was a huge music fan and an avid supporter of the College of Charleston basketball team. But most of all, Sam was incredibly proud of Susan's success as an artist who he championed.

He is survived by the love of his life for 55 years, Susan Altman; son, Jonathan Altman (Rochelle) of Charleston, SC; daughter, Allison Aaron (Todd) of Evanston, IL; brother, Charles Altman (Susan) of Charleston, SC; sister, Arlene Altman of Atlanta, GA; five grandchildren, Jack and Lily Aaron, Will, Cate, and Henry Altman; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Lowcountry Foodbank, 2864 Azalea Drive, Charleston, SC 29405 or The International African American Museum Administrative Office, P.O. Box 22761, Charleston, SC 29413 and Synagogue Emanu-El, 5 Windsor Drive, Charleston, SC 29407.

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