Steve Seekins

A loving and devoted husband and Dad, died tragically on May 17, 2023, in Oak Bay, BC.
Steve was born September 1970 to Don and Freda (Hansen) Seekins and was raised on the Silver Valley, Alberta homestead. As the youngest of 4, he spent his early years trying to keep up with siblings Mitch, Susie and Patti.
In 1976 their Mom was killed in a motor vehicle collision that also severely injured Steve. Despite everyone’s worries about Steve’s future, he grew into a strong, articulate and compassionate man.
Steve met Kathy Jewsbury at the Applied Communications Program at Camosun College. They each moved to Medicine Hat to work in television. Their love blossomed.
Although they enjoyed their work, TV didn’t really cover the bills. Grande Prairie provided job opportunities- being closer to Steve’s Dad and Stepmom Jane was the icing on the cake.
Steve and Kathy wed in July 2007 on the beach in Kelowna. They welcomed their son Liam in 2009 and their daughter Mable in 2015. Steve was so happy to have a family. He worked to make their lives the best they could be. His goal was to move Kathy & their kids to Victoria to be closer to her parents, Rob & Evelyn, sister, Andrea, brother-in-law and cousins.
Steve and Kathy relocated to Victoria in July 2021, purchasing her grandmother’s house in Oak Bay. While Steve commuted for work in Grande Prairie for another 1 1⁄2 years, his focus remained on the family. “Thank heavens for FaceTime,” he’d say.
Last summer, Steve accepted a position with Michell Excavating in Victoria and then shifted to Oak Bay Public Works. He had regular day shifts, Monday to Friday, for the first time in his adult life. He could be at the house just after the kids got home from school!
They were able to do so many things together as a family. Their lives were so happy, and we were all so happy for them.
Steve is survived by his wife Kathy, son Liam and daughter Mable, Stepmom Jane Manning, siblings Mitch (Nicole Steward), Susie (Craig Miller), Patti (Mario Dipanfilo), in-laws Robert and Evelyn Jewsbury, Andrea (Mike Gandy) and nieces and nephews: Roxanne, Tarah, Noelle & Grayden Seekins, Matteo & Dontae Dipanfilo, Rylee & Linden Gandy.
We know Steve is also remembered by his extended family, many friends and coworkers.
A Celebration of Life for Steve will be held at 4 PM Tuesday, May 30, at the Dave Dunnet Theatre, Oak Bay High School.
The service will be live-streamed at

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  1. I have fond memories of Steve and appreciated that he kept in touch via Facebook. My heart goes out to you and the kids.

  2. To Jane and Kathy and the family
    I am so sorry for your loss .. there are no words except for you to know how much people care❣️

    Very sincerely,
    Donna Koch

  3. Colleen suhai

    My heart goes out to each one of you. We met a long time ago and over the years we lost our way. Steve was like part of my kids. If he heard me say this he would say oh yah. Steve at one end of table Tammy at the other learning their times tables till they got it right. Those were the good old days. Steve always had a place in my heart. So did you Susie and Patti. Mitch sorry I think you left home early. God bless you all as you build memories of ago. Kathy my heart bleeds for you. I did not know you but your life changed in a twinkling of an eye. Jesus will take care of you God be with you all

  4. Our sincere condolences to Steve’s family. Sincerely the Bouck family in Silver Valley

  5. Lynne Saunders

    Our sincere condolences on your tragic loss of Steve.
    Your family has been and still is in our thoughts and prayers.
    Lynne and Dale Saunders

  6. Dar Repka-Smith

    I always enjoyed Steve, Kathy and family.. I’m so sad that this has happened.. I will remember Steve as a positive, kind and thoughtful person. And an exception dad and husband. ❤️

  7. Deep sympathy and love to Kathy, Liam and Mable, Jane, and Steve’s siblings and family! We’ll help where we can. Love, Auntie Bev and Uncle Eric

  8. Evelyn Jewsbury

    Memories of Steve…..
    I will really miss Steve full stop. We had a great relationship sharing mutual respect and love of life. He made my daughter Kathy very happy as a faithful dedicated Husband. He showed great patience in his calm assertive way with his kids when it came time for a bit of discipline even on silly issues. I smiled. He had a way.
    He loved movies and wouldn’t miss the latest movie with Kathy at Silver City. It was his relaxation. Sometimes taking Liam and Mable made their day.
    And boy did he love cars. Especially his latest addition a dark grey Tesla nicknamed Shadow I’m thinking named after an old Radio Show “The Shadow”. He loved listening to those old Radio shows. The Shadow knows. His last family trip was up Island for Mothers Day.
    One last memory, he wanted to learn to sew and for me to teach him using a needle and thread. I’m thinking….ok? Those eyes in the needle can be pretty small. Takes a good eye and a steady hand maybe with one eye closed. He had a glove with stitching coming undone and he wanted to try fixing it himself instead of asking me to do it. Sounds good and that would have been next. Don’t worry Steve. I will do it.
    I hope you’re listening Steve! We will miss you!
    Gone too soon. Mom-in-Law Evelyn

  9. Brenda McDonald

    So sorry for your families loss. I wish I’d had the pleasure to meet Steve. Cousin Brenda McDonald (Hansen) Nova Scotia

  10. Richard Seekins

    I am so very sorry to hear about Steve.
    My deepest condolences to Jane, Kathy, Liam, Mabel, Mitch, Susie & Patti.

    Steve was a great man. I believe that his life can best be defined by his love for his children and his successful efforts to provide for his family. As we know, he overcame so many trials and tribulations throughout his all too short life. And in doing so, set an example for all the family and for the people that knew him. I am very proud of him. He will be deeply missed.

    All my love to all,
    Uncle Rick Seekins

  11. Star (Seekins) Kolody

    My deepest condolences to Jane, Kathy, Liam, Mabel, Mitch, Susie & Patti.

    There are no words to express my sympathy, except that my heart truly aches for all of you, in this tragic, devastating loss of Steve.

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers as you navigate through this heartbreaking loss of a life gone way too soon.

    Rest Easy Steve, in the ‘Angel arms” of Mom & Dad.

    Aunt Star (Seekins) Kolody

  12. I never met Steve face to face as I live in Asia, but we met through fb some years ago and spoke mostly through private conversation over the years.

    I have rarely met such a positive, humble and genuine person, wanting to make himself the best he could, so he could present a role model just by making good choices, being patient with himself and others…

    He loved his kids tremendously and was madly in love with his wife, also in a genuine and uncompromising way that I have rarely seen elsewhere.

    Our shared interest was fitness. Fitness is always a challenge for any person, especially past the big 4-0, but I see the success he had with it as a testament to personal principles like consistency, patience and persistence. The results he made happen in his life speak strongly to his character of humility and willingness to take on difficult, long-haul challenges.

    This was reflected in the rest of his life as well as devoted himself completely to his family, supporting them in the best way he could as a father and pillar for each of them.

    He was in my eyes, a remarkably good man, husband and father. A true role model for his family and anyone else who wants to wear the shoes of a man respectable, honorable and true.

    The loss of this fine man from this world will be felt differently by each who knew him, but he will not soon be forgotten.

    I have benefitted from knowing him, and I knew him only a little.

    My heart goes out to those who knew him more.

  13. My heartfelt condolences to Kathy, Liam, Mabel, Jane, Mitch, Susie, Patti,
    and to all of his friends and coworkers.

    Sending healing hugs to all those that knew Steve.

    Gone but never to be forgotten. RIP.

    Your cousin,
    Darcy Hughes

  14. Joyce Sturmey

    We are so sorry to hear of your families loss.
    Joyce and Ken Sturmey

  15. My deepest condolences for this profound loss. Steve will be greatly missed. I wish I had more memories with Steve but I remember him making me laugh when I was younger. My heart goes out to everyone during this time.

  16. This is such a terrible tragedy. We visited the site of the accident and can’t believe how it could have happened and yet it did.
    My heart goes out to all those grieving the loss of Steve.
    Here is Steve on the job in Alberta. it is a short clip showing he was trustworthy and compassionate.

  17. Heather Hutchinson

    Steve was a great friend. I have many happy memories of hanging out together in our younger days in Grande Prairie, and it was lovely to see how much he adored his family. He wilk be missed.

  18. Lisa Howie ( Frostad )

    Terrible sorry to hear about Steven. A very brave soul who had been through more then any child should have to bare. You accomplished so much in your life. Condolences to Kathy and the Children. Love you Mitch,Susie ,Pattie and Jane. You are all in our prayers.

  19. Elisa & Brian

    Steve, incredible heart, funny and seriously fun guy, genuine, and wonderfully unique, we were so fortunate to have you, and your great laughter, even though briefly, in our lives. We may not have kept in touch as we would have liked, but you were often in our thoughts. Much love to those who hold you close in their hearts especially during this devastating time. The world has lost a good, good man.
    So very sorry Susie.

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