Steve was born July 12, 1933 in Edmonton, AB. He spent the bulk of his childhood in Loos and McBride, B.C. with his brothers George, John (deceased), and sisters Marie, Linda and Dora (deceased).
Steve’s parents (Elenka and Elia) had immigrated from Bulgaria and started their family when they arrived in Canada. Steve was always extremely driven, and an intelligent person so it was very natural for him to choose mechanical engineering to study at UBC. He studied very hard to finish his high school education early so he could get working to pay for university. After graduating Steve was employed by Shell Canada. This was where he met Patricia Goodman, the love of his life and they married within a year of meeting. Steve was a company man and spent his entire career with Shell rising to the rank of Manager of Operations.
Steve retired at the age of 54 but was never one to sit idly by. His wife and daughters ran a vegetarian restaurant and he was constantly there helping in whatever way he could. Steve and Pat found a 5-acre piece of land in the Pigeon Lake area and built their first cabin. The acreage grew to almost 15 acres with plenty of projects for him to work on. They had a ‘lake’ built and stocked it with trout, not to eat but to enjoy as pets. He also built Pat a unique art studio. They had their dream house built on the property and had many wonderful years there. Cross country skiing, biking, gardening, golfing, chopping wood and maintaining the property kept him very busy. Steve always liked having a project. Many wonderful family gatherings and events took place at Steve and Pat’s home. Many stray and dumped animals also thrived with their care.
Steve lost his battle with Parkinson’s Disease on October 15, 2019 at the age of 86 years. He was fierce in facing this disease and battled it with everything he had. This amazing father and husband will be so missed by his loving wife Pat, and his two daughters Elena and Nadine (Scott Harkness), as well as extended family and friends.
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