George De Pape


Alternate Names

Sammy Sammy


Artist, Musician, Writer


George de Pape, aka Sammy Sammy, was born in Nanoose Bay, a small village just south of Parksville on Vancouver Island, BC, on April 24th, 1908. His father Clement and mother Marie had both emigrated from Belgium. George and his wife Tatiana raised a large family on Hornby Island and Ruskin, BC. After Tatiana moved to Vancouver, George went through hard times that resulted in the emergence of his artistic side. He started writing poetry on plywood and made sculptures for his ghost show. The show was done with ropes and a tape recorder with the stories pre-recorded and ghosts being lowered from the trees. There would always be music after the shows, with George playing the accordion with any musicians who happened to be living on his Hornby Island property called Place of the Woods. Sammy passed away on November 30th, 1988 and was buried at Mountain View cemetery in Vancouver.

Adapted from Settler Sites, 2024

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