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BODNAR, Steve Frank

Posted By Obits On May 24, 2018 @ 4:47 PM In Fish Creek Chapel Obituaries,Obituary | 3 Comments

February 18, 1936 – Budapest, Hungary
May 23, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Steve Bodnar passed away peacefully on Wednesday May 23, 2018 in Calgary, AB at the age of 82 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter Rosemary (Greg) Johnson, son Steven (Nicki) Bodnar, grandchildren Dustin and Skylar Bodnar and former wife Georgina. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Anna Deigner and Marika Bodnar, nephews Leslie and Joe, nieces Susan and Emese, as well as his long-time friend Ernie Lucente. Steve is predeceased by his parents Erzsebet and Ferenc, brother Leslie and brother-in-law Joseph.

Steve emigrated from Hungary to Canada in 1959 where he built his steel fabrication business entirely from scratch. He loved the outdoors, animals, good food and good company. He taught his children the meaning of hard work and honesty. He will be remembered for his entrepreneurial business spirit, endless generosity, lively sense of humour and great passion for golf.

In honour of his wishes no service will be held. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca [1].

Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Steve Bodnar, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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Condolence from Delsing Stevenson on May 25th, 2018 11:42 AM

Rosemary and Greg so very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Condolence from Doug Hopkins on May 27th, 2018 5:27 PM

I was a student and worked at BR Steel in the old shop and the new shop in the summers of 69 and 70. Steve was always supportive and fun to be around. He and his partner Doug Brury were two of the nicest people you could work for or just know. Steve’s courage and optimism at coming to a new country and starting not just one but two successful businesses were a testament to the spirit of the refugees which this country sorely needs. I have often thought of Steve in this time of rising nationalism. My sincere condolences on you families loss.

Condolence from Mark Petrovich on May 29th, 2018 9:48 AM

I went to work for Steve in 1982 and in 1985 purchased Bodnar Steel from him and Georgina. Mary and I will always be grateful for that opportunity. Steve retired that year and took up golf seriously and I partnered with him on may occasions. I’ll remember Steve for his hard work, incredible sense of humour and fairness to his employees. We had a lot go laughs together and I’m so sorry to see him pass away.

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