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Date of Passing: Jul 29, 2020

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It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Fred Steeves on July 29, 2020, at Grace Hospital, at the age of 86.
He is lovingly remembered by his soulmate and love of 37 years, Donna Archer, children, Susan Hong (Len) and grandsons, Gordon and Jeff; Rand (Jackie); Rod (Maria), granddaughters, Jacqueline (Roberval) Da Silva (Raphael, Gabriel, and Michael) and Michelle Steeves, and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents, Evelyn (Brown) and Harold 'Mike' Steeves, by his sister Frances Thorsteinson (Don), and by his former wife Patricia Haig.
Fred was born in Vita and lived in Pinawa and Seven Sisters. He came to Winnipeg as a teenager and attended Glenwood and Glenlawn schools in St. Vital. He loved playing basketball and coached later in life. At Glenlawn he formed a lifelong friendship with Dave Williamson and they developed a fantasy hockey "Leeg" which they played until the time of his death. His career spanned 30+ years at CN in Winnipeg, Montreal, and six months in Australia. The highlights of his retirement life included spending winters in Arizona where he met up with another lifelong friend from Glenlawn, and winning a trip to Mexico in 2000. Prior to losing his legs to diabetes, his passions included golf, bowling, and many spectator sports. Fred was a very laid-back individual who took everything in stride. He made friends wherever he went, and was kind to everyone.
We wish to offer a sincere thank you to the wonderful caregivers and friends at River Park Gardens and Poseidon care facilities.
Cremation has taken place. Due to Covid restrictions, a private family service will be held.
Flowers are gratefully declined, however a donation can be made in Fred's memory to the Salvation Army or another charity.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 08, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Donna what a lovely picture of Fred!! I didn’t know Fred that well but any time I did meet him he was always so friendly and pleasant. He was always fun to talk to on the phone whenever I had to call you. I was so saddened to hear of Fred’s sudden passing. You have been through so much in the past few years with Fred’s health issues and with not being able to see him in person other than through a window for the past few months with COVID. This must have been so hard for you. I can’t imagine not being able to hold your partner’s hand, or giving him a hug/kiss for comfort when he went into the hospital. And, then to learn he has passed from a heart attack. You were not even able to say good bye. However, as you mentioned you had 37 wonderful years with Fred. Years of happiness and adventures. You will always have these memories to keep him close to you forever. My thoughts and prayers are with you. My sincerest condolences to you and Fred’s family at this sad and very difficult time. Should you need anything I am here for you. - Posted by: Sharon Lomonaco (Friend) on: Aug 09, 2020

  • Dear Susan, We are so sorry for your loss but do take comfort in knowing your father has met the face of God. Take care of yourself. Darlene and Linda - Posted by: Darlene Hoffman and Linda Ramsay nee: Polanski (former high school friends) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • Our sincere condolences to the Steeve Family for their loss. We met Fred and Pat in the 1970's through Mike and Sandy Prior, who were next door neighbors of the Steeve's. Besides being a wonderful host and Friend, Fred took me to the horse races in Winnipeg and tried to teach me the fine art of playing the horses. Also, Fred had the ability to tell wonderful stories and we enjoyed them immensely. - Posted by: Roy and Gail Fodchuk (Good friend of the Steeve Family in Winnipeg in the 1970's) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • Dear Donna I am so sorry to hear of Fred's passing. My thoughts are with you. Sincerely Heather Carmichael - Posted by: Heather Carmichael (Friiend) on: Aug 08, 2020

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