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By John Reitman

GoFundMe account will assist family of late golf course mechanic


A GoFundMe account has been established for the family of a golf course equipment manager who died recently in a non-work accident.

Sam Holysz, equipment manager at Gull Lake Country Club in Richland, Michigan, died Oct. 10 when a tree limb fell on him while working on his family’s winter home, according to a GoFundMe account established by superintendent Jesse Shaver.

Holysz was 41 and is survived by wife Meredith and his children, Nathaniel, Luke and Christopher Holysz, Tanner and Kiera Callahan. The account has a fundraising goal of $125,000.

"Everyone who knew Sam was touched by his zest for life, contagious smile, and the way he genuinely cared for others around him. Sam made a profound impact on the lives of so many," according to the GoFundMe page. "He was a devoted husband and father for his family, a consummate fisherman and lifelong outdoorsman, and an extremely skilled professional for his colleagues and friends of 10 years at Gull Lake Country Club. Whether you found Sam working, fishing, relaxing on the boat, or enjoying one of his many adventures, you could always be certain that he would welcome you enthusiastically with open arms and a firm handshake."

A native of Kalamazoo, Holysz was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who also loved the outdoors. A memorial service will be held in his honor on Oct. 22 at Gull Lake Country Club.

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