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Stephen Dornian

Stephen Frederick "Steve" Dornian

Wednesday, March 12th, 1930 - Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019
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DORNIAN: Stephen Frederick (Steve)
March 12, 1930 – January 23, 2019
The death of Steve Dornian, aged 88 years, of Liberty, SK occurred peacefully at Grace Hospice in Regina, SK on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Steve was born on March 12, 1930 on the homestead in Outram, SK. He was predeceased by eight siblings, Mary, Rose, Arthur, John, Kathleen, Paul, Madeline and George. He has one surviving sister, Helen (Norman) Wolff from Port Alberni, BC. He leaves behind to mourn his wife Therese, of 64 years. He was also predeceased by his son Wayne (Connie) in 2006, one grandchild, Grant in 1990, and one great-grandchild, Gracie in 2008. He also leaves to mourn six children, Robert (Gyongyi), Janette (Ron) McKenzie, Suzanne (Mark) Stengel, Glen, Sheryl (Gerry) Harty and Rodney (Tina); fourteen grandchildren, Damon (Chelsy), Erica, Kimberley, Michael (Autumn), Jill (Troy) Kocur, Linda, Dallas (Casey), Dylan (Jolene), Alysha, Marissa, Cole and Kassandra, Hannah and Hunter; ten great-grandchildren, Jenaya, Marcus, Joey, Ty, Bentley, Chris, Morgan, Madeline, Raeya, Alana. They were all very special to him. Steve also leaves and cherished all the friends and relatives of the communities of Liberty, Penzance, Stalwart, Holdfast, Imperial, Simpson and Watrous. He thanks you all for the companionship over his past 63 years. We know he wouldn't have wanted to spend them anywhere else. The MASS OF THE CHRISTIAN BURIAL will be held in St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Imperial, SK on Saturday February, 2, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. A Private Family Interment will take place in Wolffton Cemetery near Liberty, SK at a later date. A Memorial Reception will be held at the Liberty Memorial Hall immediately following the Funeral Mass. For online condolences, tributes or to make a donation in his memory to the Children’s Wish Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society please visit
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    Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 | 10:30am
    Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 10:30am
    St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church
    Main Street
    Imperial, SK S0G 2J0
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    Rev. Fr. Richard Meidl, OSB
    Rev. Father Rheal Bussier
  • Reception

    Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 12:00pm
    Liberty Memorial Hall
    Main St.
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Posted at 02:47pm

Steve was born on March 12, 1930 on the homestead in Outram Saskatchewan. He had 9 siblings, 8 have predeceased him and he is survived by one Sister Helen & Norman (Wolff) of Port Alberni.
Steve met Therese Bussiere in Estevan and they were married on August 23, 1954 in Vonda SK.
Steve began working for Clark's Plumbing and Heating in Imperial, SK where they started their family. They then moved to Liberty where he worked for the Coop for 13 years. They soon purchased their first home. He then worked for Al Joa in Imperial. Steve then managed and owned the Pacific 66 Bulk Sales for 12 years in Liberty. Like his Father he always had a passion for farming so he then started buying his machinery and rented land till his retirement in 1998.
Steve had relaxing time to in his busy working life and raised 7 children. He was a Scout Leader and coached his favorite sport, baseball. He spent much of his free time hunting, fishing, hunting arrowheads, which he found many, bird watching, reading Louis Lamour books (and has the entire series) and playing cards – he loved a good game of crib. The one thing he didn't like doing was housework, none, he always said that it was Mom’s specialty and she was great at it.
He was active on many communities including the Optimist Club, Town Council and the Seniors club.
In the winter months after retirement, many hours were spent in his shop woodworking and scrolling beautiful pieces then travelling to craft sales to sell them. Many of his pieces have reached several corners of the world. He also enjoyed daily coffee with his friends in town and you could always find him cutting grass on his little Cub Cadet garden tractor for Sask Tel and Sask Power as well as many friends and neighbors. He still enjoyed helping anyone in the farming district to move or just drive around and watch.
All his grandchildren were very special to him and he always found the time to go watch a hockey game, a gym meet, visit an art gallery or a football game whenever he could. The oldest Grandson remembers that Grampa bought him a hockey stick whenever he needed one and came and watched him play. Others recall him plucking a turkey in front of them just to get a rise. He also enjoyed the lake and a nice fire with his family.
He loved food and was partial to some weird ones that all the kids couldn't understand why he liked it such as pickled pig’s feet. Dad taught us never to give up, especially when it came to something you love, such as fresh fish from Last Mountain Lake, this was one of Dad’s personal favorites.
Around mid-December of 1981, we arrived at Henderson’s Lake the lake where we had fished the day before and realized that we had forgot to bring our ice auger or break bar. Dad asked a fellow fisherman if he could use his breaker bar to open up the holes we had used the previous day. The gentlemen said sure and Dad swooped with the bar towards the ice, and sloop – it slipped out of his hands and down into the icy waters! Oh balls he said ! He apologized to the fisherman and let him know he would replace it and proceeded to another fishermen to ask him if he could use his bar to open up the ice holes. Of course, said the fisherman as he knew Dad. This time Dad opened the holes and set his hook and line. Suddenly he had a strike on his line and a big Jackfish sucked Dad’s line and rod down the hole. The rod which was a piece of hockey stick painted orange was visible through the ice and you could see the fish swimming slowly just under the ice. Without a moment of thought, Dad grabbed an axe from the back of the truck and chopped a hole through the ice, retrieved the fish and his orange rod! It was a beautiful fish which Dad then filleted on the ice and proceeded to a local fishermen’s shack and cooked it, shared it with the two other fishermen, the owner of the fish shack, his son and himself. The next day, he replaced the bar he had lost from the first fishermen. That was the way Dad was, always willing to share what he gained, and loved more than to share with the fellow person whether it be family, friend or stranger.
From all of us, Dad was a great provider, friend, companion, and always supportive without judgment. He was always there for us. He always said you can make a mistake, part of life but learn from the mistake you made. You should never make it twice. He was proud of his family and always adored Mom and told us and all those around him as well.
We will miss his sassy comments like when you would ask him how he was his answer was '' No better or Worse'', or'' Still Here.''
He had a great life and we are so proud of him, we miss him but will hold all his memories in our hearts forever. We love you dad.

Luc Bussière

Posted at 12:51pm
Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences to all of Uncle Steve's family and friends. Although we couldn't make it to the funeral, we were with you in spirit.
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Heather (Dornian) Oberg

Posted at 03:52pm
Aunt Terry and Family we were so sorry to hear of Uncle Steve's passing our Sincere Codolences to you all our thoughts and prayers are with you. Always enjoyed your visit to Sproat Lake so nice to have you both at our home. I have also I inherited the special woodworking gifts that Uncle Steve made for Dad he cherished them as I will. He also made me a nice basket that is special to me. Take Care and hugs to you...Rest In Peace Uncle Steve.
Dale & Heather (Dornian) Oberg
And also from Alma and the rest of our Family.

Donna Brian Michael and Lisa

Posted at 10:45am
We are thinking of all of Uncle Steve's family and friends on this sad day.💔 I am so glad we got to see uncle Steve and Aunt Terry at Etters beach that day we came so close to missing each other that day .Fate truly must have stepped in

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Posted at 10:26pm
Dear Auntie Terry and her family. We were sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Steve. He was one of our favourite uncles. Your house was always opened to all of us. Our Mom was so close to her brother,Steve. We are grateful for the numerous kind deeds he did for Mom. She loved Uncle Steve to just drop in and have a cup of coffee and the visits. He would catch her up on the local news of the town. He was just comforting to know he was there. Thinking of all of you. I know your family is close and will help you through this difficult time, Auntie Terry. Love Your niece Marlene and Lyndon. I too have a napkin holder that Uncle Steve made that has a robin and her nest on. Will always treasure it.

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