Steve Bazuik was born March 21, 1918 and passed away April 26th 2012. Steve learned the value of hard work growing up in a farming community near Canora,
Saskatchewan. Up until age
18, Steve worked on neighboring farms to help support his family,
after which he caught a freight train to Northern Ontario to begin
a 37 year career in the mining
industry. In Sudbury Ontario,
Steve met Lena, his loving wife and best friend of 67 years. Steve always believed that if you did something, you did it right; working 27 years without missing a shift, leading award winning mine rescue teams for 10 years, and emphasizing safety as a supervisor showed that he lead by example.
Steve and Lena moved to the beautiful Okanagan in1976,
settling first in Winfield, and later on in Rutland—the
appeal of golf, curling and handyman work, trout, and
salmon fishing on Vancouver Island was the life he enjoyed.
One of Steve’s greatest passions was food, and the
Okanagan with fresh fruits and vegetables again surpassed his dreams. Steve was a genius at fixing and inventing
practical items; he could look at something that was broken, identify the problem, and correct it. The list of fixed items and inventions could fill a book. Steve’s faith in God and his strong beliefs have prepared him well for the after life.
Steve is survived by his wife Lena, sister Mary, his three
children Gary, Linda and James (Debbie), grandchildren
Shelly, Savanna, Keegan, Blaise, James, Erika, Robert, and Michael and great-grandchildren Kailen, Sasha, Kirin, and Jayda.
Steve was pre-deceased by his parents Fred and Julia and his siblings Anne, Alex, Doris, Paul, Peter, Ina, and Mike.
Special thank you to Steve’s caregivers at Brandt’s Creek Mews Care Home, May Bennett Care Home and to
Dr. Michael Bobyn.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer’s
Society of BC, 865 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 6P6 or Kelowna General Hospital, 2268 Pandosy Street,
Kelowna, BC, V1Y 1T2.
Prayers on Tuesday, May 1st at 7:00 pm at Springfield
Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. A
Funeral Mass and reception to be held on Wednesday, May 2nd at 10:00 am at the Ukrainian Catholic Church 1091
Coronation Ave. Kelowna BC, with Father Andriy Werbowy
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