Samuel Cheris

Samuel Cheris

1945 - 2023

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Obituary of Samuel Cheris

Samuel Cheris; Husband of Susan Perlman; Son of the late Hyman and Gertrude Cheris; Father of Aaron (Karla) Cheris, Zachariah (Tiana) Cheris, Stacie (Aaron) Perlman, and Giordin (Steven) Perlman; Grandfather of Athena, Sonya, Krystal, Miya, Martin, Madilyn, and Caleb.

The outpouring of grief at Sam's loss, on both the domestic and international levels of the sport of fencing, is a testament to his 60+ years of service to the sport. During that time, he held many positions, traveled throughout the world to further the sport of fencing, and steadfastly enhanced the U.S. fencing position in the world arena. He championed rules, regulations, codes of conduct, and best practices which serve to even the playing field worldwide within the sport of fencing as well as ensure the safety and an appropriate level of comportment for fencers, referees and coaches.


His dedication to local and statewide non-profit organizations, such as the Littleton Town Hall Arts Center, International Hearing Dog, The Colorado Society of CPS's, local Bar Associations, and many others, has been noted and rewarded as well.

Sam will be sorely missed for his unswerving integrity, his demand for excellence in organizational structure and behavior, and his never ending love of guiding, teaching, problem solving and making any organization he touched stronger and more fully sustainable.


Funeral service will be held on Monday, December 18th at Temple Emanuel at 10am followed by burial at Emanuel Cemetery. 

Shiva at Sam and Susie's home following service from 4p-6pm with a minyan at 5pm. 

Contributions in Samuel's memory may be made to USA Fencing, Littleton Town Hall Arts Center, Public Broadcasting of Colorado, Temple Emanuel, and the ADL.


Funeral Service

10:00 am
Monday, December 18, 2023
Temple Emanuel-Feiner Chapel
51 Grape St
Denver, Colorado, United States