NEW ALBANY, In. (WDRB) -- Samtec owner and local philanthropist Sam Shine passed away Friday, Nov. 15 at age 86.

Shine founded New Albany-based manufacturing company Samtec in 1976, which is now a global brand with locations in 40 countries. Shine was also known for his work in nature conservation through the Sam Shine Foundation, and also played a roll in keeping Joe Huber's Family Farm open. 

Shine was instrumental in the re-opening of Huber's Family Farm and Restaurant in January, a couple of months after the family business went on the auction block. The auction of Huber's generated $2.7 million for the prior owners after the land was split into 20 different tracts. Shine purchased the farming acreage around the restaurant, with one Huber family member calling him a "huge support."

There will be a public visitation held at Naville and Seabrook Funeral Home in New Albany on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity United Methodist Church. 

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