Sept 2, 1962
Dec 21, 2012
Stephen was born in North Vancouver on September 2, 1962 to start his life’s great adventure. He grew up in the Lower Mainland and graduated from Mission High School in 1980. Afterwards, Stephen held a variety of jobs in the Lower Mainland through the years. He worked at the Harrison Hot Springs Hotel for 15 years then became an owner/operator of a local business in Vernon BC for 13 years. Through all of this, his love of people and customer service shone through.
His easy going nature and genuine love of people, along with a good conversation, some good food and music endeared him to many. He often said that “one should always explore their own backyard” and he did just that. When he wasn’t camping, fishing or gardening, he was often working on his cars or lending a wrench to those who needed one. His other passion was food and when he cooked, everyone got a taste.
Along the way, he made many friends that became his “extended family” and when you needed him, he was there. He gave each and everyone an honest piece of himself and each of the lives he touched enriched his own.
His adventure will continue on as each of us has a get together, a good meal with family, a chat, looking through photographs or by just simply remembering.
He will be missed dearly by his wife, Deborah and daughter Morgan, sister Kay (Michael Evans), nephew Blake (Evans), (father/mother in law) Allen & Kasandra Bardell, (brother/sister in law) Robin & Lynne Tolksdorff, niece Celischa Tolksdorff, sister in law Sue Graham and countless friends he met and called family along the way.
The Powell family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the many caregivers who enriched Stephen’s life. Dr. B.Botha, Dr. Le Roux, Dr. H. Hwang, Dr. E. Hardy, Dr. C. Blyth, Dr. E.Solano, Dr. R. Perini. Special thanks to all of the staff at the Vernon Cancer Clinic who genuinely care about each individual and their family that comes through their door. Special thanks to all of the staff on the 3rd floor west at Vernon Jubilee Hospital for the support, care and patience you gave to Stephen and his family. A thanks also goes to Brenda at Brenda Hala’s Photography and Dave at The Natural Choice Dog Salon who together, made us look our best. Thank you to all of our business customers who called to ask “How’s our boy?” The care and compassion you showed us was much appreciated. Thanks to all of the family and friends who were only just a call away when needed.
There will be an Open House at 616 Decosmos Rd. Vernon BC on January 19th and 20th , 2013 from 10 am to 5 pm.
Stephen lost his hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer. Anyone wishing to memorialize him may make a donation in his name to:
Tom McMurtry & Peter Baerg Cancer Centre
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