At the age of 97, after a brief illness, Steve Crothers passed away peacefully with family by his side. Born near Rustenburg, South Africa, Steve immigrated to Canada as an infant when his Dad returned to Canada to homestead near Battleford SK. He remained working the farm after his parents retired to Cobble Hill in 1942. During a visit he met and fell in love with his future wife and soon left the prairies for Vancouver Island.
Steve worked for the Dept of Highways for many years. In his spare time, he ran a Farrier business and when called upon he hunted and trapped for the Conservation Dept. After retirement, he volunteered with the Royal Canadian Legion and visited with folks at care homes around the district. Steve loved horses, hounds and the great outdoors. He spent many hours fishing and, when the years slowed him down, he could be found splitting wood for winter and working in his yard. Steve was proud of his prairie roots and enjoyed sharing stories about growing up during the Great Depression. Being useful and helping others was important and he could always be relied upon to cheerfully lend a hand. In recent times, as health dictated assistance at home, Steve was especially thankful for the care of Candace and Diana.
Predeceased by his wife Joan, friend Sadie, sister Kathleen and brothers Bill and Angus. He leaves behind son Brian, daughter Lynn (Randy), seven grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren. Steve is remembered for his smile, ready sense of humour and willingness to befriend all. He is loved and will be missed.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, December 1st, 2018 in the Chapel of First Memorial Funeral Services, 375 Brae Road, Duncan BC.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Malahat Branch, 1625 Shawnigan Lake-Mill Bay Rd, Shawnigan Lake, BC V0R 2W2 or the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 1212 W Broadway #200, Vancouver, BC V6H 3V2, Canada would be appreciated by the family.