The world has lost one of its greatest. It is with heavy hearts the family of Steve Georgiev announce his passing on November 28, 2023. He finally lost his hard fought battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome and will be sorely missed and remembered by his family.
Steve leaves behind his loving wife of 57 years, Elizabeth, his children Valery Hobson (Michael), and Steven (Lisa). He also leaves behind 7 grandchildren whom he adored : Alexander, Madeleine, and Nicholas Hobson, Jesse, Owen, Finn and Rusty Georgiev. He is predeceased by his parents Szava Georgiev, Bozsinova Natzka and his siblings Apollonia, Anthony, Anna and George.
Steve emigrated from Hungary with his brother George after the revolution in 1956 as a shy 19 year old. He eventually settled in Galt and worked as a fitter welder for 26 years until he and his wife started a second career owning and operating their own private retirement home in 1988. They worked tirelessly around the clock for 21 years until retirement in 2009. Steve always considered himself a Canadian citizen but was fiercely proud of his Hungarian heritage and was a founding member of the Hungarian Canadian Kossuth Club in 1962. In his youth, Steve was a formidable soccer player and developed a lifelong passion for athletics. He was a devoted Habs fan and in addition to hockey, he loved watching soccer, tennis and the Olympics. Steve was also a wonderful story teller and could have a conversation on an array of topics : politics, economics, religion, sports, European history and his favourite topic, his homeland. Over the years, he and Elizabeth were fortunate enough to travel to different parts of the world including New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Hawaii, Bali, and countless cruises and trips to the Caribbean and Central and South America. As much as he enjoyed the many trips, his favourite place was always wherever his family was. Sunday evening family dinners, birthdays, trips to the cottage, summer barbeques, vacations to Florida, or just a quiet get together. This was his happy place. Steve lived simply, but he loved hard. His family was his greatest achievement and the thing he was most proud of.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Martin and the oncology team at Grand River Cancer Centre as well as Dr. Hahn at Cambridge Memorial Hospital for her sensitivity and gentle care over his last days.
In keeping with Steve’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or funeral services. The family wishes to extend an invitation to join them on January 13th 2024 from 12-5pm at 31 Irvin St. Kitchener, for a celebration of life/open house. We ask you to wear your favourite sports jersey or tennis shirt and share a happy memory with us. He always had the biggest smile and peppered our lives with humour and silliness.
In lieu of flowers and in Steve’s honour, the family asks that you give the gift of life and make a blood donation. Steve’s life was extended by several years because of the generous donations of others. We ask you pay it forward in his name.