Steven John Shantz

Steve passed away on November 29 in Victoria, BC due to complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Earlier in the week he had driven three days from Edmonton to his home in Sooke. Steve is survived by his faithful and loving wife Karin (Weiler) Shantz, his mother Anne of Kitchener, sisters Sue (Mark) Havitz of Kitchener, Janice Shantz and Tricia (Rusty Miller) Shantz of Australia, and three nieces, Courtney Miller (San Francisco), Taylor Miller (Australia), and Niki DeVeto (Sarnia). Predeceased by his father Harold (Hap) Shantz in 2017 and brother-in-law Alex Renaud (Australia) in 2011.

Steve attended St. Jerome’s high school and graduated from Eastwood Collegiate and the University of Arizona. Steve and Karin met at Eastwood and married in 1980. They drove west for their honeymoon, fell in love with the west coast and never looked back. Steve’s career in human resources took him to various hospitals, BC Transit, First Air in Yellowknife, Royal Caribbean Cruise lines, and with the oil industry in Fort McMurray. He loved participating in and watching sports, enjoying the outdoors, traveling with Karin, and his dogs.

Cremation has taken place. No memorial service has been planned at this time. Donations in memory of Steve to the charity of your choice are appreciated.


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  1. Karin, please accept our condolences on the passing of Steve.
    Steve was such a fighter and despite his poor health over the past two years he always managed that big smile and pushed himself to pursue his hobbies.
    I am so pleased that he made it home and can now Rest In Peace.
    Ina and Luc

  2. Inga Lorbetski :

    To the Shantz family: I’d like to offer my deepest condolences on the passing of Steve. Although I had never met him personally, I was kept in the loop on Steve’s health by my friend of over 30 years (Sue). So sorry to hear of his passing .

  3. … Steve and I were on the same cancer journey for the past two years. We were great roommates at the Cross, and his companionship since then was a great source of understanding and strength. We were at peace with the time God would give us.
    … I’m very grateful for the time we were friends, and will always miss him.
    … May God’s peace and love be with Karin and his family.

  4. To Karin and the the Shantz Family,
    My deepest sympathy and empathy for the loss of Steven. His passing will leave an empty place in your family. Thank you for sharing details of his full and active life in the west.
    Kathy (Reinhart) Rose

  5. pat reinhart Docherty :

    I am Steven cousin in Ontario we were the same age growing up. We always had such fun on our little adventures as children. No words can express how sorry I am about your loss.

  6. Ruth Reinhart Davis
    December 14, 2018 @9:59 p.m.
    Dear Anne and girls, so sorry for your loss. This is a hard one, still miss Roy big time, even tho we were were many miles apart.
    He fought a good fight, gave his best to everyone and we cannot ask for more. Can’t get over how much he and our John look alike, wow!
    Will keep you all in my prayers and when I get out of quarentine for shingles, will have Masses said. Love to you all od bless Ruth

  7. Marianne Nichols :

    Dear Aunt Anne, Susan, Janice, Trisha & Karin,

    Our deepest sympathy to all of you in the loss of Steve. I remember sitting on the porch and the many Christmases together in Stratford at Grandma & Grandpa’s. Know that we keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Marianne & David Nichols

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