It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Stephen James Squarek, recently of Lethbridge, Alberta, who was called to be the Lord on February 15, 2020 while surrounded by the love of his family at St. Michael’s Health Centre. “Stever” was blessed with 62 years of an amazing life.
Stephen James Squarek was born on November 25, 1957 in Blairmore, Alberta to proud parents, Stephen Sr. and Joan Squarek. He was raised with an appreciation for family, community and pride in his work. He was skilled in carpentry and gained employment with the Municipality of the Crowsnest Pass. His charismatic nature and attention to details made him many friends amongst his colleagues.
On June 23, 1979, Stever married the love of his life, Beverly Jean Larin, and they became more than husband and wife – they were the best of friends and soul-mates. They thought their lives became complete with the blessings of their children, whom they raised with unconditional love and sacrifice but once their grandchildren came along, it was then that they knew the greatest joy of all. Stever adored his family and made them the priority in his life. He loved cheering them on in any activity they participated in and at every family gathering.
Stever had many interests and hobbies. First and foremost, he was an avid Oilers fan! He was a proud member or the Sentinel Masonic Lodge, Blairmore Legion, Hillcrest Fire Department and the local curling club. He also enjoyed his time spent at their private paradise at Lake Koocanusa, tending to his yard, curling, hunting, fishing and surprising us all with some “smart-ass” comment or joke. He loved to see people smile and looked hard for any opportunity to help someone in need. He was a very special man, role-model, family man and friend. He will greatly missed but fondly remembered.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Bev Squarek; his devoted children, Michael (Miranda) Squarek and Michelle Hardy; his cherished grandchildren, Brianna, Tyson, Addyson, Adam, Brooklyn and Lucy; his mother, Joan Squarek; his brother, Kevin Squarek; His sisters-in-law; Darlene (Layne) Davis and Caroline (Ken) Hartley; his mother-in-law, Anne Larin; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family; as well as his many friends.
He was predeceased by his precious son, Chad Squarek; his father, Stephen Sr.; his father-in-law, Peter Larin; his grandparents and Lee Wiebe.
The Celebration of Stever’s life will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 1:30 pm in the M.D.M. Community Centre, 2802-222 St, Bellevue, AB with dear friend, Rev. Eva Stanley, officiating. Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca and donations in memory of the late Stephen James Squarek may be directed to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Bone Marrow Transplant division at www.albertacancer.ca.
Fantin's Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangments. (403) 562-8555.
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