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Garnet “Sam” Richardson (November 6, 1933 – January 21, 2016) played second for the “World Famous Richardsons”, which won four Briers and four World Curling Championships.
The team consisted of two brothers (skip Ernie and Garnet and their two cousins, Arnold and Wes.) They won the 1959, 1960, 1962 and 1963 Briers as well as their corresponding Scotch Cups (the World Championship at the time). They would play in another Brier in 1964, where they were runners up to Lyall Dagg’s British Columbia team.
At the 1976 Macdonald Brier, which was held in Richardson’s hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan, Sam Richardson served as the driver for the winning Newfoundland team, skipped by Jack MacDuff. In addition to driving the team, Richardson served as the “unofficial coach” of the rink.
Also at the ’76 Brier, Richardson had to fill in for former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, who was due to be a guest speaker at the event. Since then, Richardson made a career of making speeches as a guest speaker. Richardson would also coach the Bob Ellert team at the 1981 Labatt Brier and the Garry Bryden team at the 1984 Labatt Brier.
In 2005, Richardson was awarded with the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and he was made the Honorary Chair of the 2006 Tim Hortons Brier, also held in Regina. He is also a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.
Richardson was born in Stoughton, Saskatchewan and moved to Regina in 1945. He attended Davin Elementary School and Balfour Collegiate. He trained as a carpenter at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. After working for 35 years as a carpenter, he moved on to become a realtor, for Monarch Homes, Block Brothers, and finally for the Sutton Group. Richardson died on January 21, 2016 in Regina of complications from a rare form of Parkinson’s Disease. He was married to Kathleen (Kay) Richardson, and had two children.
Garnet ‘Sam’ Richardson was elected into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 1973.