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Istvan Steve Szabo

November 19, 1937 - June 3, 2015


Steve Szabo

19 November 1937 – 3 June 2015


It is with heavy hearts that the family of Steve Szabo announces his passing peacefully at home on June 3, 2015 at the age of 77 years.

Steve is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jean, his children Joanne (Garry) Osachoff, and Dan (Wanda), his grandchildren Megan (Tyler Smith) Osachoff, Nicole Osachoff and Tiara Shaw, and his great-granddaughter, Hope Schofield, brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and so many wonderful friends.  He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Ethel, brother Leslie, sisters Elizabeth and Marie, and Jean’s parents, Floyd and Gertrude Tatlow.

Steve was born to Joseph and Ethel Szabo on November 19, 1937 in Gerjen, Hungary.  He grew up in Kalocsa, Hungary.  By age 18, he earned his mining papers. In late 1956, at the age of 19, he left for Canada by passenger ship.  After making his way to the West Kootenay area and working at the Silverton mine for a few years, Steve settled in Nakusp.  He worked various jobs until starting as an apprentice heavy-duty mechanic at Celgar.  In 1984, he started Szabo’s Mechanics Ltd. and worked on equipment up and down the Arrow Lakes, including the tugboats, until retiring in 2004.

Steve enjoyed life to the fullest every day with many passions including gardening, fishing, camping, chess, badminton, tennis, accordion, learning computers, telling stories and jokes and most of all, talking to his family every week.

He was loved by so many, touched many hearts and will be greatly missed.  We will miss hearing him say “I’m not perfect, but I’m so close it scares me”.



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From: Valley Funeral Home Ltd. Staff

Valley Funeral Home Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Chester & Marie Taje
Relation: Family friend

So sorry for your loss..I knew Steve when he came from Hungary in 1956. He was a great friend of our family . He often visited Chester and I on his daily walks . We will miss him very much as he was a very interesting and smart man. Steve rest in peace. All the best to your family..sorry we could not be there.

From: Dave and Edith Mackintosh
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

Thinking of your famley

From: Deana and Don osachoff
Relation: Related to his daughter by marriage

Our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.. We didn’t see Steve very often but when we did he made it seem like we had just spoken to him the day before.. Hugs to you all

From: The Volk Family
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

So sorry for your loss, our condolences to the family.

From: Jackie Kilburn
Relation: Steve would always stop and chat with me outside my store Dogsense Boutique. He had a great sense of humour and a friendly smile.

I did not know Steve well but always enjoyed our brief chats. I can only imagine the great loss his family & friends are feeling. For a virtual stranger like me to feel so saddened and an emptiness knowing I won’t see his friendly smile anymore. God bless to all his loved ones, you do not grieve alone.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
June 9, 2015
Beginning at 2:00pm

Senior Citizens Assn No 71
210 - 8th Avenue NW
Nakusp, BC Canada V0G1R0

Celebration of Life

210 - 8th Avenue NW
Nakusp, BC Canada V0G1R0

Memorial Gifts

Arrow Lakes Hospital Foundation
97 – 1st Avenue NE
Nakusp, BC V0G1R0

Thank You Notice

Steve’s family wishes to thank the emergency services personnel for their compassion during this difficult time.  A heartfelt thank you to all the family friends, Dr. Norm Lea and staff at the Saddle Mountain Medical Clinic and the members of the community.

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