Sam Bales
May 16, 1937 - December 30, 2021

Funeral Information

January 2 2022 - 1:00 pm
Shaare Torah Cemetery, Stewart Avenue, Pittsburgh (Carrick) 15227

SAM BALES: Age 84, of Pittsburgh, on Thursday December 30, 2021, peacefully at Montefiore Hospital. Born on May 16, 1937 in Pittsburgh, PA, 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. 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 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 fifty 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 Sunday at 1 PM 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. 


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He was. A good man.a great friend.he will be missed.with deepest sympathy.

By Jonathan and sandy porter - January 13, 2022

So sorry Arlene for the loss of Sam.  Just know that we are thinking of you and wishing you, Michael, and your family peace and comfort in the days ahead.   Gerry and Carol Bass

By Gerry and Carol Bass - January 02, 2022

Our sincerest condolences to Suzy and family... Sam was a nice neighbor and friend we will miss him...

By Joyce and Ivan Segal - January 02, 2022

To Sammy’s entire family, I send my condolences. He loved his family and he knew how to have fun. May his memory be a blessing to all.

By Marsha Davis - January 01, 2022