Our loving husband and father, John Stein, 71 passed away suddenly on April 24, 2021 in Victoria, BC.
John was born in New Kensington, PA to John(decd.1970) and Gabrielle(decd. 2010) Stein, and was the younger brother to his sister, Janine Kendrick(decd. 2010). John leaves to mourn his beloved wife, Marina of 34 years, son Matthew(Emily), daughter Monica and his extended family in Canada, and the United States.
John was raised in the small town of New Kensington, PA which is where he discovered his love for adventure, and the great outdoors. John graduated from New Kensington High School in 1967 and shortly thereafter enlisted in the US Navy and completed tours in the Vietnam War. While on the USS America, and the USS Constellation aircraft carrier, John was able to tour much of the world which ignited his interest in travel. John immigrated to Canada in 1969 and resided in Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary, Cochrane, Jasper, Vancouver, and finally settled in Victoria where he met his wife Marina.
They married on April 18, 1987 and together raised two children Matthew and Monica. John was an affectionate and protective father who inspired his family to be thoughtful and kind. John had a big presence, he was incredible at engaging with people, and making everyone feel special. He cared immensely for the people in his life and did so with warmth and thoughtfulness. John had a great sense of humour, and a very quick wit that colored our lives with so much laughter. At times John would seem larger than life, he was full of beautiful stories, but humble about his achievements.
John encouraged fun and just wanted to see people having a good time and enjoying themselves. John was a true outdoorsman who loved being in nature and had diverse interests. He would spend weekends going for rides in the woods, and summer nights with his family stargazing. He was passionate about motorcycles and intrigued by Bigfoot and other mysterious stories. He would make beautiful preserves, knitted toques, and as of recent, wonderful fresh breads.
John was never afraid to pursue new interests, and loved to discover new hobbies, and explore new places. His joy for learning never ceased with age.
Dad will be missed for his amazing big hugs and treating us to ice cream while sitting at the beach. For letting us talk about everything in our lives. For always being honest, and transparent. And giving praise for even the smallest of tasks. For his treats, and surprises from quick shopping trips. For his support, and his constant reminders of how proud he was to be our dad. For his “I love you's”, and his nicknames for us.
He will be remembered for his generosity, and dedication to his family, ensuring that we were always happy and healthy, and never making us question his unyielding love.
In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to Pennsylvania Game Commission https://huntfish.pa.gov/products/quicksale/item/902
Celebration of life will be delayed, and a memorial will be held once social gatherings, and travel restrictions are lifted. If you would like to be a part of the memorial, or have any great stories that you’d like to share of Dad, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title John Stein, and your contact information.
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