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Born: Jan 07, 1924

Date of Passing: Mar 19, 2015

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(CRABBY) STEVE MAKSYMYK January 7, 1924 - March 19, 2015 It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of (Crabby) Steve Maksymyk at the age of 91. He passed away peacefully at his home in Komarno, Manitoba. He is survived by his brother Paul (Doreen) and sisters Olga, Nellie (Bill), his two sons Steven (Mitzi) and Terry (Marlene), grandchildren Gretchen, Steven (Anna), and Katrina (David). He is predeceased by his wife, Mary (Minnie), infant siblings, Michael and Nettie, Joe (Elizabeth), Anne (John), Rose, Leona (Bill), and brother-in-law Louis. Steve was born on January 7, 1924 in Malonton to his parents Dmytro and Mary Maksymyk. He was raised alongside his brothers and sisters in Malonton before leaving home at the young age of 15 to work and then join the Merchant Navy in 1939. What was meant to be a short tour extended to seven years of service for the Royal Canadian Merchant Marine. Steve served as a fireman on the Merchant Navy ships, which were responsible for supplying the global Allied war effort. This tumultuous time saw Steve travel to all corners of the Earth and included service in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres. Nearer to the end of his time in service, he adopted the name "Crabby" after a long night out in San Francisco. Upon returning from his time in the Merchant Navy, he met and married Minnie Skibo. Together they started Crabby Steve's Barn Dances which lasted for over 40 years. Famous in the Interlake, these barn dances were the epicentre of entertainment for the local population. Going to Crabbys on a Saturday night became the highlight of the week. For this, he will forever be remembered. Later in life, Steve enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. He tended to his large garden despite a distaste for vegetables; frequently showcasing his gigantic tomatoes and pumpkins. He was always available to talk ("no problem" he said) and to have a beer, frequently citing "poor management" in response to his friends' woes. His dog, Gunnar, was the centre of his daily routine. Please join us at the memorial service and celebration of Steve's life on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the Teulon Rockwood Centennial Centre at 2:00 p.m. The family wishes that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a charity of your choice or to Legion 141. MACKENZIE FUNERAL HOME TEULON 204-467-2525

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 24, 2015

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • My deepest sympathies. Another part of history has passed. - Posted by: Noreen Stone (friend) on: Mar 26, 2015

  • Crabby Steve was a great person to know and work for, as I played recorded music at most of the midnight dances in the latter years. Crabby and his family were very nice people to work for, and I will always have fond memories of Crabby. A true legend has passed. - Posted by: Al Yablonski (Friend and employee) on: Mar 25, 2015

  • Steve and Minnie were my parents' friends and closest neighbors. We grew up with Crabby's as a place for music, dancing and meeting our friends. Under their watchful eyes we enjoyed Saturday nights. Alex and I were married at Crabby's on March 6th, 51 years ago. Steve gave "The Toast To The Bride". Our condolences to the family. He will be missed but never forgotten. - Posted by: Gladys Karish (Neighbor/Friend) on: Mar 24, 2015

  • To a great visionary of his time, who provided a social outlet for the youth of the community with great dancing music and a wonderful wooden dance floor. - Posted by: Katheryne Irene Dudar () on: Mar 24, 2015

  • My parents grew up in the Foley and Willow Creek areas of Manitoba. Throughout my years of growing up I heard so much about "Crabby Steve's", I almost felt like I had been there myself, though of course, I wasn't. My Dad absolutely loved going there on the weekends. Every time we went by the spot where the old barn dance building had been, my Dad would say that he had some of the best times of his early adult years there. What a contribution it was to so many people from those times. Diana - Posted by: Diana McNeill (Sadlowski) (daughter of Peter and Anna Sadlowski) on: Mar 24, 2015

  • Mom, Brian and I wish to pass on our condolences. Yes Crabby was a living legend and always had a 'smart' comment for everything. Mom will never forget his comment when she had accidently left the chicken soup on high and left home ... he yelled from the driveway - 'don't cook tonight, call chicken delight! I think that's when he nicknamed her 'Burnie'. Too funny. Well I sure hope he's entertaining everyone in the next world and growing lots of garlic, carrots and beets for them. We will always remember him with a smile on our face. - Posted by: Cheryl Newman (family friend) on: Mar 24, 2015

  • Dear Mr. & Mrs. Maksymyk, somehow I'm thinking that you would get a chuckle with the "Mr. & Mrs." part. Some 37 or so years ago I met my husband at your establishment. "Crabby Steve's" was more than just a place to go on Saturday nights. It was a meeting place for all on weekends, as there was nowhere else to go as everything shut down at midnight. On long weekends the dances were on Sunday nights and didn't start until late & end in the the wee early mornings and the house band usually, "Beavercreek Boys" played to a packed house. It wasn't licensed nor was there any indoor plumbing for the gents (just the ladies, thanks Minnie) but that didn't stop folks from frequently going out to their cars for a "little refreshment" shall we say. I always wondered why it was called "Crabby Steve's" and it took your passing to find out. As husband & wife, we always reminisced about "Crabby's" everytime we drove out to Arborg on #7 North. I thank you for the wonderful memories Steve & Minnie, as now I feel like we really have met. May you rest in peace Steve & have that old time waltz with Minnie, as I'm sure she's been patiently waiting for. Sincerely, Bernice Okaluk (nee Zubriski) - Posted by: Berncie Okaluk (Never met but frequented "Crabby Steve's") on: Mar 24, 2015

  • My second date with my future husband, Daniel Marks, from Berlo, was dancing at Crabby Steve's. Many more wonderful nights of dancing ensued, especially the Sunday Midnight Dances. My condolences to the family. He left a wonderful legacy behind. Just last week I told a friend in BC about our times at Crabby Steve's. Doreen Marks - still remembering the dancing. - Posted by: Doreen Marks () on: Mar 24, 2015

  • His Legend will live forever! As a family member, Crabby will be fondly remember with his quick wit and definitely his "Crabby" Humor which always made us laugh. Dearly Missed by all the Doroschuk (family) - Posted by: Heather Doroschuk-McSherry (Cousin) on: Mar 24, 2015

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