Stephen Michael LETOURNEAU
10 August, 1960 – 24 June, 2020
Captain Stephen Michael Letourneau, 59 of Langley B.C. passed away after a courageous and lengthy battle with work-related cancer. Steve was born on Aug 10, 1960 at St. Mary’s hospital in New Westminster B.C and is pre-deceased by his younger brother, Robert, who died at the age of 18 in 1980. Steve is survived by his parents David and Elizabeth Letourneau, sister Cindie Barlow (Wayne), brother John Letourneau (Liz), and sister Tammy Iversen (John). Steve’s many nieces and nephews include Robert (Emma) and Paul Schulli (Danica), Kristin Ali (Faiyaaz) , Chelsea (Spencer), Lisa (Jeff) and Jesse Iversen, and Chanel (Jarett) and Tallie Letourneau. Steve's great nieces and nephew are Victoria, Ashley, Gina, Brook, Tyson Schulli and Gisele Ali. Steve is also survived by the love of his life, Dawn, who he married in Maui on April 25, 2009, and her two sons Steve (Steph) and Daniel (Anne) Hilbich. Steve often credited his Registered Nurse wife as being responsible for his longevity, having saved his life on several occasions. This gratefulness towards Dawn over these difficult years extends throughout his entire home and work families. Over Steve's 35 years working with the Vancouver Fire Department, he served in all 20 Vancouver fire halls and was a highly respected Captain. His natural ability to guide his fellow firefighters, coupled with fast thinking, wit, and compassion were loved and appreciated by all. He always referred to his fellow firefighters as his “Work Family”, and they felt it. Steve loved to travel and has walked the Great Wall of China, 'snuba' dove in the Philippines, swam with the turtles in Hawaii, and survived a near-miss crash landing in Shanghai. But his favorite place on earth was Tulameen, BC. His parents have owned a cabin there since 1976 and Steve loved the little town so much that he built his own beautiful log cabin there. Countless days were enjoyed entertaining guests and riding dirt bikes on the back trails with Dawn and many friends. Steve has been described as brave, smart, wise, funny, kind, loyal, respectful, sensitive, intuitive, patient, witty, and most of all, inspirational. Steve was famous for captivating audiences with his unbelievably detailed story telling. Anyone who had the fortune of meeting Steve undoubtedly heard some of his stories and there is no one that would not love to hear just one more. To say that there is an eternal hole in our hearts would be putting it mildly. But we are forever grateful for the six decades that Captain Steve Letourneau graced our worlds. Due to these unfortunate and extraordinary times, a formal firefighter funeral has been postponed. However, Steve’s friends and family are welcome to join a virtual celebration and tribute to his amazing life on Sunday July 19th at 1:00 PM. Details to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund and the Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS). Condolences may be offered to the family at www.bellburnaby.com
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Stephen Michael LETOURNEAU
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6 July 2020
Dear Letourneau Family
It is with a very heavy heart I send you my heartfelt condolences. I was very saddened by Steve’s passing so young. What a valiant battle he fought but that’s not surprising. I expected he would fight long and hard. He was such a strong man.
I met John, Steve and Rob the summer of ‘78 in Tulameen. It is still the best summer of my life. We had so much fun and laughter together. Boating around on the lake in John’s speed boat, riding dirt bikes in the mountains, watching the boys eat fried eggs off the kitchen table and drinking pickle juice from the jar. So much fun and laughter. The memories are still embedded in my mind and Sandra, Nancy and I still laugh and reminisce about to this day.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
As the days continue to pass, I hope you find comfort and support in the people that surround you and the wonderful memories you carry in your mind and in your heart.
Until we meet again, God bless you all
Stay safe, much love
Erin Gillespie (or as Steve referred to me “407”)