Stephen Heal

Stephen Bruce Heal

(1948-2007)

Born October, 1948 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Steve died suddenly early March 9th, 2007, at home in Qualicum Beach. Steve is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Sandra, his son Andrew, daughter Jennifer, son-in-law Glen, and grandchildren Ana and Callum. Steve is also survived by sisters Alexandra and Jane (Peter), brothers Ted, Tom and Phillip (Sasha), as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and great friends.

Steve taught in the Shuswap School District for 35 years before retiring in June 2005. For more than 25 of those years, Steve was a well-loved drama and musical theatre teacher. Steve staged at least four productions each year, some of which he wrote himself. He inspired many students to go on to study theatre in college.

Steve was a founding member of the Shuswap Theatre Society, where he was involved in over 50 productions. He won several Theatre BC awards, including two Okanagan Zone awards for Best Actor and two for Best Director. Steve was also involved in several professional theatre productions.

Steve and Sandra recently moved to Qualicum Beach where Steve was already a busy member of ECHO Players Theatre Group.

Steve was a talented musician and visual artist. He loved spending time in his woodwork shop where he built beautiful furniture. Aside from family, theatre, golf, woodwork and travel, Steve loved playing hockey, reading, fly-fishing, photography and hiking around picking wild berries to make jams and jellies (yes, really). He also enjoyed drawing ball point pen tattoos on his grandchildrens’ bellies (yes, really).

A celebration of Steve’s life will be held in Salmon Arm at Salmon Arm Secondary Jackson Campus on April 28th at 2 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to SAS Steve Heal Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will be awarded to students who demonstrate dedication to and promise in the dramatic arts.

We’ll miss your jokes, and ever-evolving stories, Steve.

SAS Steve Heal Memorial Scholarship Fund

Salmon Arm Secondary, Box 1000

Salmon Arm BC

V1E 4P2