In Memory

Steve Dowhan (Class Of 1975)

Stephen Kenneth Dowhan. Born April 13, 1957 in Gimli, Manitoba and died suddenly from a severe brain hemorrhage at Victoria General Hospital, Victoria, BC., November 10, 2014. Stephen was predeceased by his father Steve in 2007 and grandmother Josie Skwarok in 2012. He is survived by his mother Elsie of Parksville, BC, wife Sandie of Qualicum Beach, BC, sons Carver (Krista Burt) and Cole of Red Deer, AB., sister Lynn Dutton (Craig) of Qualicum Beach, BC, sister Debbie Dowhan of Parksville, BC and sister Patty Johnson (Alan Ursel) of Parksville, BC. Also survived by nieces Brandi (Damien), Mila, Abbey and nephew William Dutton, niece Josie-Lynn and nephew Andrew Johnson (Paige) and grand-niece Eva. Stephen (Spook) grew up in Gimli until 1969, when the Dowhan family relocated to Rapid City, MB. He graduated from Elton Collegiate in 1975 and started work with Manitoba Hydro shortly thereafter. Stephen married Sandie in 1988. During his 40 years with Manitoba Hydro he lived and/or worked in Brandon, Dorsey, Grand Rapids, Gillam, Shoal Lake, Selkirk and Stonewall. While working with Manitoba Hydro International in Saudi Arabia, Sandie and Spook moved to Qualicum Beach, BC to be close to his family. He was well known for his MacGyver lifestyle and can do attitude. His best known quote: “how hard can it be”! He believed in community and served as Mayor in Gillam, volunteer fire fighter in Shoal Lake, fire works director and tech guy for Amazing Race in Rapid City to name a few. Stephen was the family trail blazer. He was the first to get involved with computers, satellite dishes, vitamins and electronics. His many passions included music, audio-visual media devices, hockey, tri-athalons, water skiing, swimming, skydiving and scuba diving. His favourite toy was his Harley motorcycle. His latest love was scuba diving and he had planned to start his own business. He was a gifted hockey player and coach as well as a soccer coach. The Blue Bombers lost a very loyal fan! His favourite hockey team was the one his sons were part of. Stephen was a kind gentle man, a son, a brother, a husband, a father, an uncle, a friend and coach. He was a patient man, always willing to share his knowledge, his love, quick smile and laughter. Everyone had to see his newest gadget or toy because he always had the first and best! Spook made friends easily and anyone who knew him was his friend and a friend for life. The family invites everyone who knew Stephen to join us on June 13th in Rapid City for a celebration of his life. A graveside memorial will take place at 12:00 noon, followed by a lunch from 1:00-3:00 pm at Rapid City Legion. Everyone is then invited for supper and a wake to say farewell to a remarkable brilliant man. Please RSVP to Patty Johnson 250-927-4497 (

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11/20/15 09:10 AM #1    

Barb Cardinal Kluchewski (Class Of 1975)

So sad to hear about Steve, Wayne and I use to hang out with Steve on many many occasions. Memories of him and his motorcycle, I still giggle. May god bless you Steve, miss you.



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