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March 27, 1953 – Ponoka, AB
February 28, 2014 – Calgary, AB

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ricky (Rick) Steedman on Friday, February 28, 2014 peacefully at home surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his wife, Betty, and three children, Gavin (Nora), Colin and Fiona, his mother Vyonne Steedman, brothers Rob (Gillian) and Dale (Shannon), nieces and nephews Audrey & Graham Steedman and Ryan & Evan Steedman, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Philip & Heather Crowe and niece, Gemma Crowe.

Rick was born March 27, 1953 in Ponoka, Alberta the eldest son of John (Jack) Steedman and Vyonne Steedman and spent his younger years in Regina and Dawson Creek and later moving to Calgary. He graduated from the University of Calgary with a BSc in Geology and spent his working career in the oil patch as an exploration geologist, with large and small companies and most recently as a consultant.

He volunteered for many years with the Lakeview 85th Scout troop as an active leader with Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers even after his sons had completed the Scouting program. His passion for the outdoors was expressed through the many activities he enjoyed including: canoeing, hiking, mountaineering, skiing at Mount Norquay and flying gliders with Cu Nim Gliding Club. Many summers were spent at the family cottage at Shuswap Lake sailing with family and friends. He was predeceased by his father, Jack, in 2000. We would like to extend special thanks to his caregivers Lidija and Courtney for their amazing support and compassionate care and also to the ALS Society, especially Jane and Megan for their continued support during his illness.

Funeral Service will be held at The Anglican Parish of St. Mark and St. Philip (1802 – 33 Ave SW) on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 2:00 pm. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Rick may be made to the ALS Society at #250, 4723 – 1st SW, Calgary. Condolences may be forwarded through Interment to follow later in the summer in Salmon Arm, BC.

In living memory of Rick Steedman a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Betty and Family,
    My heart breaks for you all at this very tragic and sad time. I never met Rick but you spoke of him many times Betty and I know he was a very special man, husband, father, family member and friend. The world has lost one of its truly good guys and I am so sorry for all of you.
    Please know I will be thinking of you with deep heartfelt sympathy.
    Most sincerely,

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  2. Noelma Goveia :


    My heartfelt condolences to you and all the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Wishing you peace and comfort in the days to come.
    Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories.

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  3. Rebecca Verrall :

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear brother. You have my most heartfelt condolences and prayers for you and your family.

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  4. Mike and Carolyn Kushner :

    Rob and Gil,

    Please accept our condolences on the passing of Rob’s brother, Rick. He was taken far too soon. We know that this has been a very hard time for everyone in your family. We hope that, over time, the good memories begin to fill the huge loss you feel now.
    Thinking of you.

    Mike and Carolyn Kushner

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  5. Gerry Reinson :

    Betty and family,
    May I extend my deepest sympathy to you and yours on the passing of Rick. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
    Gerry Reinson.

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  6. Courtney Hicks :

    Thank you for the recognition Rick. The entire Steedman family will always have a place in my heart. Thank you for having me in your home. He is and will be sorely missed.

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  7. Lois and Harold Hornford :

    Vi and family,
    The pain may never go away, but hopefully it will get easier as time passes. May the memories and love that you have for Rick keep you strong in this difficult time. Our prayers are with you all.

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  8. Betty,

    Words can’t express our sympathies in the loss of Rick. A great husband, father, son and friend who will be sorely missed. May time be your greatest healer and fond memories your greatest treasure. We are all truly blessed to have had Rick in our lives.

    With much sorrow,
    Sandi, Brian and Gavin

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  9. Rick Wierzbicki :

    My most sincere condolences to Rick’s family. I had the pleasure of working with Rick at PanCanadian and it was always a pleasure to talk with him about work and life. I wish all of you well in this difficult time.

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  10. Eric Sondergaard :

    Gavin, Colin, Fiona and Betty,

    So sorry to hear about Rick. I struggle to find words to express the sadness that his passing brings. Rick provided invaluable advice while starting out on my career in geology, and I would no doubt be in a very different place were it not for him. I consider myself exceedingly fortunate to have met your father, and still find myself running on “Steedman time” now and then.

    Thinking of you all,


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  11. Romy and Zaia :

    Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Rick.

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  12. Terry Southwood :

    Dear Betty,

    I was shocked to read of Rick’s passing. He was one of the truly nice guys who came out to the airfield when I was the Chief Flying Instructor at Cu-Nim. Rick and I enjoyed many beautiful flights together and I will cherish my memories of him. My heartfelt condolences go out to you and all his family.

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  13. To all the Steedman family

    My deepest condolences at this time of Rick’s passing. We became lifelong friends at Petro Canada in the early 80s and that was reinforced by our shared interest in making beer. How well I remember our girlfriends Betty and Lorraine sound asleep on the couch as we were concocting the latest potion in the early morning hours. Or a few years later lifting little Gavin in my arms to show him what was happening in the plastic tubs. How time has passed.

    I had great pleasure in a few visits with Rick last year when I first discovered he was ill. Stubborn and stoic through it all and still talking with opinions about everything under the sun. We should all be so brave.

    I do not have the words to fully express my sorrow with his passing. It was too soon for him to lose the lottery of life. However, I rejoice that he is now, no longer suffering,and that he is in a better place with good beer and great food.

    Abrazos en la abundancia para toda la familia

    Geoff Martin
    Paraiso, Tabasco, Mexico

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  14. So sad and surprised to hear of Rick’s passing.
    I worked with Rick many years ago at Prodeco and I still have a fond memory of us both on the summit of Mount Victoria when we hired a guide to take us up there. I spent Christmas days over several years with his family here in Calgary (and when I would otherwise have been alone) and have always appreciated those invitations as well as the home brew.
    My sincere condolences go to Betty and all his family and even though it’s been many years since I last saw him, he will be missed.
    Geoff Amos

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