Walter Steeves

Walter Herman Steeves of Saint John, husband of the late Pearl Edith Steeves, died unexpectedly on Thursday, 28 December 2017 at the Saint John Regional Hospital.  Thus, death has unwittingly promoted him to the glory of heaven and reunited him with his wife of 68 years.  Born in Moncton, NB on 19 July 1922, he was the firstborn of the 9 children of the late Vincent Steeves and the late Ruth Steeves (née Duffy) of Berry Mills, NB.

Walter was a veteran of World War II, serving in the RCAF for 3½ years.  Following the war, he worked for N.B. Tel for 42 years, retiring in 1982 with fond memories of living in Moncton, Newcastle, Bathurst, Woodstock, Fredericton and Saint John.  He was an avid sports fan and spent many enjoyable hours coaching youth hockey and ball teams.  He was the charter secretary of the Nashwaaksis Y’s Men’s Club in 1960.  He also served as Sports Director for the Town of Nashwaaksis.  As an active member of Forest Hills Baptist Church in Saint John, he served on many boards and committees, including many years as a deacon.  He also served as Christian Service Brigade Director for the Saint John area.

Walter is survived by his son Brian (Gail, née Corey), and daughter Sue Taylor (Rick), 6 grandchildren — Esther Steeves (Jarrod Bayne) of Edmonton, AB, Rachel Bryant (Charles) of Saint John, Angela Marshall (Peter) of Quispamsis, Meredith Reicker (Tony) of Sussex, Matthew (“Matt”) Taylor (Sheri) of Oromocto, and Emily Taylor of Calgary, AB — 11 great grandchildren — Alexander (“Alex”) Bayne, Charles (“Carl”) Bryant, Lillian (“Lillie”) Bryant, Nathan Marshall, Hannah Marshall, Abigail (“Abby”) Marshall, Brayden Reicker,  Zachary (“Zach”) Reicker, Benjamin (“Ben”) Reicker, Clara Taylor, and Kaitlyn (“Kate”) Taylor — his sister Annie Sherwood (the late John Sherwood), a brother Norman (and his wife Ruth), and 2 sisters-in-law — Audrey Steeves (the late King Steeves) and Mae Steeves (the late Harold Steeves).  Besides his wife, Pearl, whose death occurred a mere 17 days earlier, Walter was predeceased by 2 infant sons — Gary and Kevin — and 6 brothers — Dewey (the late Helen Steeves), King (Audrey), Ralph, Eldon (the late Shirley Steeves), Harold (Mae), and Donald.

 

Arrangments are under the direction of the Fundy Funeral Home, 230 Westmorland Road (646-2424).A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 30th at Forest Hills Baptist Church, 36 Mountain Road.;  Rev. Roger Graham officiating, with a reception to follow.  Interment will be in the spring at Steeves Mountain Cemetery, Steeves Mountain, NB.  Memorial donations may be made to Forest Hills Baptist Church and the donor’s preference.  Walter’s family is grateful for the excellent care provided to both him and Pearl by the staff at 4A North, Saint John Regional Hospital, and at Loch Lomond Village, Walter’s home for the past 6 months.


Charitable donations may be made to:

Forest Hills Baptist Church
36 Mountain Road, Saint John NB E2J 2X1
Tel: 1-506-633-7515   Web: http://fhb.church

Pearl Steeves

Pearl Edith Steeves, the wife of Walter Herman Steeves, died on 11 December 2017 at Loch Lomond Village, after a long battle with dementia.  As a believer in Jesus Christ, she has passed beyond death and is now free from all tears and crying, mourning and pain.  She died in the midst of the holidays, her favourite time of the year, and has gone to her heavenly home to be with her Lord for Christmas.

Born in Newcastle, NB on 16 April 1929, Pearl was the daughter of the late Austin Steeves and the late Susan (“Susie”) Steeves (née Colpitts).  She was the last survivor of her generation, having been predeceased by brothers, Lloyd, Ivan and Allen, and sisters, Susie and Shirley.

Pearl married Walter on 8 August 1949, and they had four children:  Gary, Brian, Susan (“Sue”) and Kevin — with Gary and Kevin dying in infancy.  After brief periods of residency in Newcastle, Bathurst, Woodstock and Nashwaaksis, the Steeves moved to Saint John in 1964, where they became a fixture at 84 Mountain Road, Forest Hills for more than 50 years.

Though dementia significantly reduced the quality of her life in her final years, Pearl lived a full life, marked by devotion to Christ and love for her family.  Wherever she lived, she assumed an active role in her church — since 1964, Forest Hills Baptist Church, in which she served as a member of the choir, Woman’s Missionary Society and the Willing Hands.  She was also committed to the ministry of prayer and assisted with the church’s prayer network.

Pearl’s family were exceedingly precious to her, from Walter down to the youngest great grandchild.  Her son-in-law, Rick, and daughter-in-law, Gail, were regarded as her own children.  She convened her family often over the years, as holidays were marked and birthdays celebrated.  And, of course, the Steeves cottage on Washademoak Lake was the scene of much family activity.

As mentioned, Pearl loved Christmas.  She was a consummate shopper and always the first to have her cards in the mail.   Christmas dinner with all the trimmings for large family gatherings was one of her specialties.  And the Boxing Day party for the children and grandchildren at 84 Mountain Road was an annual custom for many years — later becoming the Boxing Day breakfast at Cora’s.

On top of all this, Pearl managed to find time for knitting and crafts, membership in the Y’s Menettes for a number of years, and, after Walter’s retirement, a number of road trips with King and Audrey (Walter’s brother and wife) to such places as Florida and British Columbia.  Pearl was also known for her ready hospitality, the door to her home always being open to family, friends, passers-by and strangers.

Besides her husband Walter, son Brian (Gail, née Corey), and daughter Sue Taylor (Rick), Pearl is survived by 6 grandchildren — Esther Steeves (Jarrod Bayne) of Edmonton, AB, Rachel Bryant (Charles) of Saint John, Angela Marshall (Peter) of Quispamsis, Meredith Reicker (Tony) of Sussex, Matthew (“Matt”) Taylor (Sheri) of Oromocto, and Emily Taylor of Calgary, AB — and 11 great grandchildren — Alexander (“Alex”) Bayne, Charles (“Carl”) Bryant, Lillian (“Lily”) Bryant, Nathan Marshall, Hannah Marshall, Abigail (“Abby”) Marshall, Brayden Reicker,  Zachary (“Zach”) Reicker, Benjamin (“Ben”) Reicker, Clara Taylor, and Kaitlyn (“Kate”) Taylor.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, December 13 at Forest Hills Baptist Church, with Rev. Roger Graham officiating.  Pearl’s family will receive visitors at the church during the hour preceding the service (10-11 a.m.), and a reception will follow the service.  Interment will be in the spring at Steeves Mountain Cemetery, Steeves Mountain, NB.  Suggested recipients of memorial donations are Forest Hills Baptist Church and the Alzheimer Society.


Charitable donations may be made to:

Forest Hills Baptist Church
36 Mountain Road, Saint John NB E2J 2X1
Tel: 1-506-633-7515
Web: http://fhb.church

Alzheimer Society Inc. Saint John
221 Ellerdale St., Saint John NB E2J 2M1
Tel: 1-506-634-8722
Email: mharris@alzheimernb.ca
Web: http://www.alzheimer.ca/en/nb