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Sam Bales

BALES: Sam Bales, age 84, of Pittsburgh, on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, peacefully at Montefiore Hospital. Born on May 16, 1937, in Pittsburgh, he is survived by his wife, Arlene Bales of Pittsburgh; his children Michael Bales and Debbie Bales Gardner and husband Mike; his sisters, Ruth Kramer and Yvette Adelsberg Levy; his stepchildren, Suzy Eppling and husband John and Jay Goldberg and wife Natalie; along with his grandchildren, Dori Gardner and great-grandson Caleb, granddaughter Kim Eppling and grandsons Zachery, Marco and Aden Goldberg; along with other cousins, nieces and nephews. Sam was preceded in death by his first wife, Judy Bales; two sons Scott Sheldon Bales and Steven Scott Bales; parents, Hyman Bales and his wife Sarah Tzfanis; and grandparents Chananie Belfer and wife Fannie Weinstein. Sam came from a proud family of immigrants from the Eastern European countries of Romania and Moldova, who came to the United States to build a better future for their families. Sam graduated from Peabody High School and Connelley Trade School, where he became a master plumber and a founding member of AMPAC (Associated Master Plumbers of Allegheny County). He spent over 50 years employing his trade to the Pittsburgh greater metropolitan area, and especially Squirrel Hill. Both his sons, Steven and Michael Bales, followed in their father’s footsteps and became master plumbers. Michael continues the tradition to this day. As a plumber, Sam always felt that he was helping his friends, not his clients. He loved to fish, loved the opera and adored his crazy little dog “Sweetie.” In addition to his family, Sam loved his country and served six years in the United States Air Force as he was in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard in the munitions field. Graveside service and interment will be held on Jan. 2 at 1 p.m. at Shaare Torah Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Family and friends will be received at the residence of Michael Bales, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorial contributions be made to UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital or Humane Animal Rescue. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated. schugar.com PJC

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