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MANLEY, Stephen Arthur St. John

May 19, 1949 – Halifax, Nova Scotia
May 11, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

With very sad hearts we announce the passing of our wonderful Stephen on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from cancer.

Stephen was an avid Chelsea F.C. soccer fan having played keeper in university. He volunteered at the Folk Festival, in the beer gardens and Film Festival with his son. He loved to travel around the world with his family. Stephen loved his family unconditionally.

Stephen was brought up in Dartmouth and went to Dartmouth High and Dalhousie University, graduating in Commerce. He came to Calgary in 1981 and started working with Alberta Mortgage and Housing, going through many Ministries for thirty-three years, ending as Executive Director for the Homeless Support Program and Human Services for Alberta, and retired in 2014. He loved helping people and was truly a scholar and a gentleman.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Elizabeth Manley and survived by his daughter Tara Shomady (Shawn); grandsons, Elias and Marcus; and his brother Lee Manley (Linda). He is also survived by his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Thomas Elliot (Sandra) and their children Laurie and Donna, William Elliott (Michael), David Elliott (Marilyn) and their children Vicky and Chris. He was predeceased by his son Shawn in 2017 and parents Art and Connie Manley.

Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com. If friends so desire, donations to honor a life well lived may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 55 St Clair Avenue West, Suite 500,Toronto, Ontario M4V 2Y7 Telephone: 1-888-939-3333, www.cancer.ca.

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

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  1. Sending our love at this very difficult time. We remember Steve as a kind and gentle man- words that are said often enough, but none more true for Steve. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Dan and Julio.

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  2. I’m so terribly sorry for your heartbreaking loss. You have my deepest sympathies at this truly sad time. Stephen was a kind person and will be missed by many.
    Hoping you find the strength and love in friends and family to face the tough days ahead.

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  3. Elizabeth and family,
    I pray that you will be comforted at this time.May God give you the courage and peace. I only recall meeting Stephen when he was in Nova Scotia for his father’s funeral. I am thankful that he did keep in contact with his cousins on the Manley side. I remember when I was little visiting them when they lived off Boundary St, Esdaile Avenue. I am talking late 50’s early 60’s.we can all say there has been a lot of water under the bridge over the years. I know he must have been a beautiful person. Now he is with his Saviour. I just lost my husband in February. My heart goes out to you.. Take care Susan (Manley) Ryall.

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  4. I had the privilege of working with Stephen with the Alberta Government and the honour to have brought well wishes when he retired from government service. Stephen was a kind, gentle man with a good heart and deep sense of compassion. I saw this first hand when during the 2013 floods in Calgary and Stephen and his staff worked around the clock to help vulnerable people impacted by the flood’s displacement. On behalf of his government colleagues, we extend our deepest sympathies to Liz and to all of the family.

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  5. Chris Borstmayer

    Betty, we’re sending you our love and prayers at this difficult time. Steve was such a kind and gentle man. I hope that you can find courage and strength to move forward after your loss.
    Thinking of you.
    Chris, Bruce, Erin, Neal and Julie.

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  6. Terri Watamanuk

    I am saddened to hear of Stephen’s passing, my deepest sympathy to you and family. I had the privilege of working with Stephen in Edmonton, He was a very compassionate and caring boss, that respected us all and would always challenge us to do our best! He will be missed by all. May you find strength in family and friends during this difficult time.
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  7. Natalie Taylor

    Dear Liz and family,
    We are so saddened to hear about the passing of Steve. We will remember him for his warm and easygoing nature and will think of him fondly whenever we watch a Chelsea game. Our thoughts are with you and yours.
    Matt, Natalie, Isla and Rowan Taylor

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  8. Gerry Kresowaty

    I was very sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. I remember him fondly when he worked on the Parent Council at Father Whelihan. I always admired him for his cool head and warm heart. He approached matters realistically, with reason and understanding. He will be greatly missed by many. I was also sadden to hear about Shawn. They were both great people. My condolences to the family.

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