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Stephen Thomas

7 September, 193719 November, 2020

Passed peacefully with his family at his side on November 19, 2020 at Mackenzie Health Centre, Richmond Hill. He is survived by his nephews James Alan and David Evan Hunter (Jone), great-nephew Kyle Evan Hunter. Predeceased by his parents Spero and Vana Thomas, his bother Jimmy Thomas and sister Eleanor Hunter. Stephen grew up in a time when men were men. Teaching his nephew to catch a football, he told the lad of 9 years to "get up" and when the bullet hurts that he "has to learn to take it" and "don't drop the ball". Stephen would often say, "Take a shot!" Stephen was a retired businessman whose passions included playing baseball, golf and discussing sports, economics and politics with his friends. Stephen would call it as he saw it! Stephen played softball for over 30 years and only recently called it a season when he was 82 years old. When friends at the gym and baseball teams he played on learned he was in hospital, grown men wept. As an expression of sympathy donation to Sunnybrook Health Sciences, Mackenzie Health Centre or Children's Wish Foundation. He will be forever missed and in our hearts.

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Keith Saldanha

November 26, 2020

I played softball with Steve in 1993. Who knew he was 30 years older than me? He didn't act it! He was our team's pitcher and was an intense competitor. Steve loved people and the game.
Coincidentally, he was a good friend of my father who passed away in 2011 and I didn't even know! They met at the gym and became fast friends. Steve helped my mom quite a bit through her grief and also made a point of looking out for her. He will be missed.

Robert Di Matteo

November 25, 2020

I am deeply saddened to hear of Steve passing. I worked out with Steve for many years. We always had a great time and we would share many laughs. We both had a passion for his beloved Boston Bruins. You will be sadly missed Stevie baby. Canada has lost one of their greatest athletes

Geoffrey Hollander

November 25, 2020

Steve was my friend for almost 50 years. I was very close to his sister and her sons. I worked with Steve in the old Nautilus Fitness Centers where he was my boss, my mentor and my friend. He was a nut, a crack-up and, in all ways, one of a kind. I will never forget the times we spent together and the things he taught me. He was my friend, and I miss him. Bon chance wherever you are.

Jamie Sherman

November 22, 2020

I am very saddened to hear of Steve's passing, and my condolences go out to his family and friends. Playing with and against him for nearly 2 decades, I always looked forward to seeing him toe the rubber as the self proclaimed 'best pitcher in Thornhill Baseball'. He would always challenge you to play your best, and I usually did when he was in the game, regardless of which dugout I occupied. Whether he was throwing strikes, or hitting to short right, Steve's consistency and passion for the game was contagious.
Like so many of his fabled Cardinals, he was a legend of the game.

Marc Groia

November 21, 2020

Sad news to here the passing of Steve he was one of the first people I had met almost 10 years ago when i joined the league . He was so full of life when it came to Softball I had the privilege of playing with him on LSM Masters and winning the championship in 2019 he was so happy . He also loved talking with Rocky (my Dad) about the old days of downtown Toronto . Hats off to the greatest pitcher of all time you will be sorely missed .

Mark Nuernberger

November 21, 2020

A very sad day. Steve was really inspirational, to be playing sports into his 80’s ( against some who were 30 years younger ) says a lot about him. I played softball with him for a few years, he very often had a smile on his face (at least when he was not reminding you of what a dumb play you had just made!).
A really lovable guy who will be remembered and greatly missed.

Sam Fruitman

November 21, 2020

Each time I’d see Steve at softball, we’d talk for 10 or 15 minutes about his beloved Cardinals and my beloved Pirates. We would also take friendly jabs at each other about how I was hitting him well or how easy it was for him to get me out. I will miss seeing him. RIP, friend.

Lorne Marr

November 21, 2020

I only knew Steve a relatively short period of time. But I considered him a friend and enjoyed sharing a few stories and laughs with him.

Steve was entertaining and fun guy to be around. He was very passionate about baseball and the Cardinals and was a still a very good slow pitch pitcher at the age 82. An impressive accomplishment, from a guy who had many impressive attributes.

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