Obituary Note: Sam Hyde

photo: Journal Gazette

Sam Hyde, the owner of used bookshop Hyde Brothers Booksellers in Fort Wayne, Ind., who was "known for his wit, humility and love of learning," died June 9, the Journal Gazette reported. He was 71. The bookstore celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2012. Long-term plans for the location haven't been announced.

Marilyn Hyde, his wife of almost 39 years, said her late husband was always reading: "Several hours a day. He always had a book in his hand--in the car, at the beach."

Laurie Walls, who has worked at the shop for three years, said, "He was an amazing storyteller... and everybody was a friend. Nobody was a stranger here."

On Facebook Wednesday, the bookstore posted: "Last night, we lost our beloved friend and fearless leader, Sam Hyde. He was surrounded by his family. He truly was the fantastic person you thought he was. Our thoughts and love are with his family. We know everyone's next question will be 'What about the store?' Sam didn't want us going anywhere. We will be open normal business hours. If you feel the need to stop by, do not hesitate. Sam understood the comfort of being surrounded by books."

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