Born in Beaconia, Manitoba on January 7, 1916, Steve passed away peacefully in Vernon on December 20, 2015, after a well-lived life, just short of his 100th birthday.
Despite the challenges of rural prairie life, he enjoyed his early years with his parents and 10 brothers and sisters in their small community just north of Winnipeg. When he was a young man, he made the move to Vernon with his parents and younger siblings after the two oldest boys found work there. After serving 5 years in the army during WWII, Steve farmed for many years in Lavington, managing fields for Bulman’s Cannery and working his own acreage. His spinach crops were so notable that the newspaper photographed them and dubbed him “Spinach King”, a title of which he was rightfully proud, given that others tried but failed to grow spinach for market. Lavington was also where Steve and his wife, Mollie, built their first home together and raised their children, Richard, Danny, Linda, Bob and Sandra. Eventually, the family moved into Vernon, and to support them, Steve worked a number of jobs, travelling as far north as Terrace and Stewart, before finally retiring from Finning Tractor in Vernon. He will be remembered as a cheerful, generous man, modest and hard-working, dedicated to family, gardener extraordinaire, life-long lover of horses and dogs.
Steve is survived by his loving family: son Dan; daughter Sandra; seven grandchildren: Kevin, Randy, Christy, DJ, Jody, Lynda, and Justin; five great-grandchildren: Khrys, Nola, Olivia, Alex, and Yarden. He was predeceased by his wife, Mollie, in 1992; sons Bob and Richard, and daughter Linda.
Heartfelt thanks to the caring staff at Heritage Square which was home to Steve the past 4 years.
The funeral service for Steve to be held in the chapel of Pleasant Valley Funeral Home on Thursday, January 7th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Interment in Pleasant Valley Cemetery followed by a reception in the Pleasant Valley Tea Room.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the PLEASANT VALLEY DIGNITY FUNERAL HOME. (250) 542-4333. Condolences may be offered at pleasantvalleyfh.com