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Date of Passing: Oct 29, 2019

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We are sad to say that Dr. Newman Stephens - "Steve" - passed away on the night of October 29, 2019 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He died peacefully, at the age of 93, in the presence of his family.
He is survived by his sons, Alex and Danny; grandchildren, Carlo, Sacha and Jaya; sisters, Helen, Enid and Iona, and their surviving children, Louis, Ian, John, Robert, Terry and Janet. He is also remembered by his daughter-in-law Eliane; brother and sister-in-law, Bruno and Marta; nephews and nieces in Brazil; and his godsons, Mark and Cesar. He is also remembered by his - and our - dear friends here in Winnipeg and across the world, and his many former students and research colleagues with whom he rejoiced in the sharing of knowledge as a path to lasting friendship.
Having lived such a long life, Steve is predeceased by many deeply cherished friends and family, but none so beloved as Dr. Carla Concone Stephens, his partner in life who passed away in 2001, too soon before her time.
True to his wishes, Steve's remains will be cremated in a private ceremony, and we will bring together his friends and family to celebrate his life on November 9 at 2:00 p.m. at Thomson "In the Park" Funeral Home.
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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 02, 2019

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Steve was my father's PhD advisor. He helped bring our family to Canada from China. I was about 1 years old at the time. We always referred to him as "Grandpa Steve". Steve and Carla welcomed our family as theirs with love and kindness. We spent countless Christmases with them, Danny and Alex, banging away on their piano, and summers camping in the Whiteshell. Though I was too little to remember much back then, through our many photo albums and stories told by my parents, I'll always remember his kind and gentle nature, and how him and Carla looked after my family as their own when we first moved to Canada. Steve and Carla are the reason we call Winnipeg home. We are beyond fortunate to have been able to share this life Steve. - Posted by: Cissie L (Family friend) on: Nov 07, 2019

  • I didn't know Steve well (I was a child when we moved away from Winnipeg) but I remember always hearing stories about him. What really stuck is how he made my parents and their classmates feel, how he encouraged them to pursue their dreams. In a way, Steve saved my life, by saving 2 Chinese immigrants with no support system, friends, or family in Canada when they arrived. He became a father, mentor, friend to them, and regretfully, only temporarily a grandfather to me. I will forever remember and be grateful to this amazing man, and be in awe of how many lives he's changed for the better. - Posted by: Kelen (Student's daughter) on: Nov 04, 2019

  • In Memory of my great mentor, Steve I couldn't breath when I saw the news from Winnipeg, a place I once lived and studied for my PhD from you, Dr Newman Stephens. A degree probably meant much less to you since you have trained so many. I couldn't believe that you were gone. I haven't got chance to report my recent results. My HIV drug was finally approved.... There were so many things that I wanted to share with you because you would be so proud of me, I guess. Now I don't have that chance anymore! No, you should be able to see us from the heaven. You should be so proud of who we are as your students. You impacted my life the most among all the men who ever taught me. You treated me as your son. I just can't forgive myself for not visiting you more. You should also be proud of your creative life with the achievement that most of the earthmen cannot have. Today we celebrate your life and glory which will influence us for all our lives. We will start another day with your imprints in our hearts. I feel so luck to have selected you as my mentor many years ago and I will continue to feel the same way in the many years to come. Dear Steve, do enjoy your next life as well. You live in my heart! - Posted by: He Jiang, Kang, Kelen, Lan (Student, ) on: Nov 04, 2019

  • He was a very friendly, kind person, and a meticulous scientist whose contributions to smooth muscle research will always be remembered. More importantly, he was a kind father and friend, who loved and helped everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him. He changed my life and the life of my family. I visited him three times this year. We will always remember and miss you! RIP! Dr. Steve! - Posted by: Gary (Gang) Liu (Student and friend ) on: Nov 03, 2019

  • Friends for over 50 years, we will remember him with great fondness. - Posted by: chris and Irene (friend) on: Nov 03, 2019

  • Steve was a treasure who meant so much to so many. He was my science dad. He helped shape me into the a critical thinker, but also someone who loved what we did. He fostered a real spiritual connection in the lab and beyond. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: David Tesarowski (Former student and friend) on: Nov 02, 2019

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