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Born July 23rd, 1962 in Arnprior, ONT - Passed away July 20th, 2013 in Radisson, SK
After a long and gruelling struggle with cancer, Steve was finally able to break that mooring of misery and is now away and gone with the old ones and is sailin' around in the ages. He leaves to mourn his beloved and beautiful Holly-Go Lightly: his wife, Monica - the true flower of his love and his daughter, Lindsay - a gracious chip off the old block...angels both. He also leaves his best friend and brother, Michael (Arch) and his lovely bride, Cathy of Arnprior, ONT and their growing brood. Steve will also be missed by his extended family from the valley and the prairies and other ports away; by his blonde cutie, Lisa; his steady lunch dates - Jerry, Lola; his good and solid chum Stan Holmes - know what Stan? Close enough is good enough. And a further grand pride of friends too numerous to mention. He also leaves a kid-sister, Kerri of Cornwall, ONT who always made him laugh...carry on Ker; as well as a son, Justin of Sooke, BC. The family would like to thank Dr. Nave and her amazing staff for all the years of kind guidance and care and the good souls at Home Care, especially Linda Hosegood who truly was a beacon of light in the last, dark days. Steve did not want a funeral service, but always said that if somebody wanted to throw a prayer or two his way, to feel free or, if you want, give a bum a buck or sign your organ donor card. Finally, it was Steve's wish that you consider him in the same light as a long-ago clergyman once considered one of his departed. "Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was... laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for means all that it ever meant...what is this death but a negligible accident? I am waiting for you, just round the corner. All is well, nothing is hurt; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before. How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again. (Henry Scott Holland). Please join us in celebrating Stephen's life at Winston's Pub in Saskatoon on Thursday, July 25th beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tall tales and very long lies are expected. Arrangements in care of Matthew Kozak - MOURNING GLORY FUNERAL SERVICES (306-978-5200)
Sail-on Stevie-boy, sail-on...
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on July 23, 2013
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