Cresmount Funeral Home - Fennell Chapel

322 Fennell Ave East, Hamilton, ON


Istvan "Steve" Bereczki

August 29, 1932August 11, 2019

Born August 29, 1932 and passed away August 11, 2019 at the Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton at the age of 86. Beloved partner to Marlene Chesney Griffiths; cherished father to Steve (Tamara), John (Brenda) and David, and stepfather to Stephen (Michelle), Kristina (Doug), and David (Amanda). Dear grandfather to Samantha, Andrew, Mathew, Spencer, Maya, Christina, Zackary, Benjamin, Olivia, Charlotte, Cara, Nicholas, Anna and Kelsey; great-grandfather to Collin, Autumn, Cailieigh, Cohen, Knox, Aria, Lydia, Tyren, Liam and Amelia. The youngest of five, he is predeceased by his siblings Piroska, Laszlo and Erzabet. He is survived by his sister Anna and his extended family of nephews and nieces in Hungary. Steve arrived in Canada in 1956 from Budapest and settled in Hamilton where he raised his family and served as a dedicated employee at Canada Brick for more than 35 years. Known as Papa Steve to his Canadian family, and Pista Basci to his Hungarian family, he will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew him. A visitation will be held at CRESMOUNT FUNERAL HOME, 322 Fennell Ave. E., on Saturday, August 17th at 12:00 p.m. with a Service of Remembrance and reception to follow at 1:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Steve may be directed to the Canadian Cancer Society.


  • Visitation Saturday, August 17, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 17, 2019


Istvan "Steve" Bereczki

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Karen Piehl

August 18, 2019

David & Family,
Your Dad was a very special Man, Dad, & Grandpa, as I remember him coming into the Silver Dollar with Zach & Ben. Always a kind word. My thoughts are with you all!
Love, Karen

Charles Zach

August 17, 2019

On behalf of all the employees at Meridian Brick I offer sincere condolences on the passing of your father.

On behalf of the Zach family részvétet nyilvánít.

May God bless you and your grieving family during this trial.

Bryan McPhee

August 17, 2019

Hi Steve and family,

Sorry to hear about your father. While working at Canada Brick for 17 years myself, I have a lot of good memories about your dad. He was a man of high integrity and very conscientious of his work. He always had a smile on his face and enjoyed singing at work. When I think about him, I carry a lot of happy memories. He is at peace now...God bless you and your family.

Bryan McPhee

Lynda Mantha

August 16, 2019

Dear John, Brenda ,Andrew, Mat and family
We were so sad to hear of Papa Steve’s passing. We have fond memories of having Papa Steve for dinner and drinking wine. He was a gentle and kind spirit and we will surely miss him. Our sincere thoughts and prayers and much love are being sent your way during this very difficult time.
All our love
Jacques and Lynda

Kathy Bocsi

August 12, 2019

Stevey, Johnny, Davey and Family, Although we all went in different directions, you are still considered our close family and our hearts are with you. Your dad was a giving and kind man and we loved him very much. My family has many happy memories from when we grew up. We spent a great deal of wonderful time together; beginning with my parents meeting him in Austria in the refugee camp and playing Hungarian Snapszer under the tree every day, while waiting for their journey to Canada. We will miss his presence and his beautiful smile. Love from our family.