Monday, October 2, 2023
October 2, 2023


It breaks my heart to let you know of the passing of my husband.

Steven Leigh Stevenson

March 4, 1963 – September 13, 2011

Steve was born in Tillsonburg, Ontario. When Steve was young he loved his sports especially hockey and then baseball. Steve did a lot of farming and totally enjoyed it, especially looking after the pigs and chickens to running the farm equipment. Favourite pastime as a teen was gravel running with his brother and the boys. He then moved to Salt Spring Island with his mother Shirley LaFortune. Steve graduated from high school here, meeting many friends that he still has today. Steve was known for the biggest smile, sparkly blue eyes and crazy mustache then and now. Following high school, Steve went to trade school and became the best electrician, plus the man who a lot of people trusted and asked advise on how to solve a weird problem with electrical, plumbing, building to fishing and hunting. Steve, I believed was happiest out on his boat the “Money Sucker”, fishing and crabbing with Andrew, Ronnie and Rod. Steve loved his boy Daniel and Luke too! Steve was the kind of man who would do anything for anybody, just ‘cause, from changing a light bulb to putting the extra wire in for the future hot tub for free, to giving a complete stranger his last $40.00 and a ride to the ferry.

Steve will be greatly missed by his wife Deb and mom Shirley. Sons, Daniel and Luke. Parents Shirley and Steve LaFortune, Bill and Pam Stevenson. His brother Scott (Andrea, Mathew, Tyler and Spencer) Dean (Vanessa, Zach, Raquel, Luci), sisters Lissa (Jason, Shelbie and Sadie), Shannon (Ken, Tia, Cole, Jada, Kaden) and by his in-laws Dee Hellicar, Adam Hellicar and Katy Luedtke (Jerry, Jerimiah and Nikki).

Thanks to everyone who helped with finding Steve: Ian Marcotte, Andrew Holmes and the Search and Rescue, especially the helicopters. Thanks especially to everyone who helped make Steve’s “Celebration of Life” possible on such short notice: Dayva, Dan, Lisa, Hamish, Rod, Alana, Char, Donna, Katy, Lorraine and Salel. Thanks so much for the community support by lowering the flags at half mast at Mouat’s and the firehall and for the minute of silence at the Fall Fair. Steve would have never known how much he was loved.

The whole family wants to thank all their wonderful friends and this special community for their words of comfort, flowers, cards and support through this tough time.

You will be greatly missed Steve by those who knew you and especially by me your wife of 13 years.

– Deb, love ya truly xoxoxo

Why? That is what we ask. The truth is, we may never be able to know for sure why, but we do know that there is no single “should have done” or “could have done” or “did” or “didn’t do”. That we would have changed that why. All that love could do was done.

Steve Stevenson’s Ontario family and friends we would like to thank Salt Spring Island for the heart warming tribute to Steve. The flags flying at half-mast, the moment of silence at the fair, the inspiring messages shared at his celebration of life helps us cope with our loss. We knew the kind of person Steve was and knowing that everyone around him knew his kindness, his cheerful ways, his work ethic and generous spirit comforts us daily. The pain of his loss is felt across this country and we will always miss Steve but knowing because he was so special he will never be forgotten will carry us through.

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