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Left to remember him are his three surviving sons: Stephen, Doug, and Rob; his six grandchildren: Adriana, Peter, Evan, Andrew, Austin, and Daniel; his sister-in-law Olga, nephew Ernest, niece Audrey, and his friend of 74 years, Henri Bohemier.
He was predeceased by his parents: Alex and Annie; his brothers: Peter, Paul, and Orest; his wife, Elsie; his son, Fred; and his companion of 35 years, Dolores Gibbons.
Steve was a long-time and well-loved member of the Eaton's Transportation department. Over his 43-year career and starting as a parcel delivery driver with a horse and wagon (Dad loved to talk about his horse Gunner), he rose to the Manager of Western Canada Transportation.
Steve also served Canada with the Armed Forces Reserve. A member of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, he rose through the ranks to command the 735th Communications Squadron as a major, retiring as Honourary Lieutenant Colonel.
Steve was also active with Lutheran Church of the Cross, his church for many decades.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
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Publish Date: Aug 28, 2021
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 24, 2021, Aug 28, 2021
Condolences & Memories (9 entries)
I was just talking with my Dad Fred who is now 89. He heard about Steve's passing from a friend in Winnipeg. We have lived in Calgary now for many years, but we remember our years in Winnipeg with great fondness. Life seems short in retrospect. Like most of the condolences, we all remember Steve's very positive and cheerful demeanor. Our thoughts go back to those days in Winnipeg and are with the family. - Posted by: Fred, Stephen and Thom Mahler (Friends from days gone by at Lutheran Church of the Cross) on: Sep 13, 2021
My condolences to the boys and their families. Your dad was a wonderful man who along with Peter and Orest spent a lot of times with their cousin, my dad Nick. As children we always looked forward to seeing the Eatons van drive by and “Uncle Steve” opening the door and driving us all home for lunch. It was especially a welcome sight on those cold blustery days. He will be fondly missed. We were just reminiscing with my Uncle Fred when I learned of his passing. - Posted by: Pam Dufreane nee Martin (Second cousin) on: Sep 04, 2021
I also met Steve at the Reh-fit Centre. I started working at the centre 20 years ago and he was one of the first people I met. He was always a pleasure to talk to and always had a smile on his face. He will be missed. - Posted by: Shauna Watt (Friend ) on: Aug 31, 2021
Sorry to hear of your father's passing Doug. Chris & I send our condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: Leslie & Chris Filopoulos (friend) on: Aug 30, 2021
Please accept my sincere sympathy to all of you, your father was a true gentleman, friend and boss, working under his supervision was a great experience, I have known Steve for over 40 years, and until this year have been the lucky recipient of Birthday greetings, Steve you will be missed by your many friends. MARCH 4th my friend. - Posted by: Frances Pinchin (Friend & ex Eaton employee) on: Aug 30, 2021
Sending condolences to the family. He always made our day with the phone calls on our birthdays and anniversaries. He also was always happy to greet us at church - Posted by: McInnes Family (Friends from Church) on: Aug 28, 2021
Steve was a good friend. I had met Steve at the Refit and we had exercised at the Re-fit for 10 years at 6 a.m. 3 times a week with Bill and Silvia. Steve was a very good listener and loved to joke around and was well like by everybody he met. He loved to talk about his horse that he drove at Eaton’s.. Steve was proud of his son’s and some times he would talk highly about them. When his lady friend passed away Steve took it hard. God Bless. R.I.P. your friend Jack - Posted by: John(Jack)Evans (Friend) on: Aug 28, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. It was a blessing to be Steve’s pastor while I served at Church of the Cross on Arlington. Steve was always bright and cheerful and always so very well postured. I will miss his birthday call. Know that the love of God in Jesus Christ is enfolding Steve in peace and may that also bring you comfort. Pastor Kolleen - Posted by: Kolleen Karlowsky-Clarrk (Former pastor) on: Aug 28, 2021
Met Steve at Reh:Fit many years ago. Steve would phone us on our anniversary and on our individual birthdays every year and also on the right date. He was a very friendly and a true gentleman. To have known him was a true honor and we will miss him. - Posted by: Ed & Carole Popel (Friend) on: Aug 25, 2021
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