Stephen Bak

Stephen Joseph Bak

Sunday, August 17th, 1930 - Friday, February 19th, 2021
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Bak, Stephen Joseph August 17, 1930 - February 19, 2021

It is in sadness, but with extreme gratitude for his life, that the family announces the peaceful passing of Stephen Joseph Bak at the Welland Hospital at the age of 90. A treasured husband for over 58 years to Agnes (nee Gadsby). Cherished father to David (Marcie), Stephanie (Robin) and Adrian. A gentle and kind grandpa to Erica, Nadia, Katrina, Ava, Helene, Stefan, Connor and Amelie. Steve will be sadly missed by his sister Rose and his brother Andy. Predeceased by his brothers John, Paul, Michael and sister Mary.

Born in Czechoslovakia, but proudly Canadian, he was a great peacemaker. Steve was a devoted son to his parents Mary and Michael, a guiding light to his brothers and sisters, a devoted husband, a proud and gracious grandpa and uncle to many, as well as a passionate participant in the local bridge club. Steve's most enduring and consistent character traits were his humility and his faith in our Lord.

As a cancer survivor, his life of perseverance and gentle vigilance is surely most aptly epitomized in the recent Lenten recommendations of Pope Francis; "Let us renew our faith, draw from the living water of hope, and receive with open hearts the love of God, who makes us brothers and sisters in Christ". As we mourn the loss of Steve, please keep this prayer in mind.

Visitation is taking place on Thursday, February 25th, in half hour sessions beginning at 1:00- 1:30, 2:00 - 2:30, 3:00 - 3:30, 4:00 - 4:30 and 5:00- 5:30pm. Evening visitation will be 6:00 - 6:30 pm, and 7:00 - 7:30 pm.
Please call the funeral home to book your appointment time. Face masks must be worn and social distancing is required.

A private Funeral Mass will take place at St. Joseph's Parish in Grimsby on Friday, February 26th at 12:30pm. The live stream can be found here.

Interment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery in Welland.

As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to Prostate Cancer Canada at
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    St. Joseph's Parish
    135 Livingston Ave
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    Holy Cross Cemetery


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Patricia Pezzano

Posted at 11:16am
My deepest condolences are with you and your entire family during a very difficult time - all the best.

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Sylvia Christie

Posted at 05:01pm
Dear Agnes and family, we are so sad to read that Steve has passed. As one of his bridge partners of many years I am so grateful for his patience and everything he taught me about bridge. He was a kind gentleman. Deepest sympathies from John and Sylvia Christie.

Dennis, Koula and family

Posted at 02:03pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Steve was such kind and caring person and will be sadly missed.
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Myrna Mackey

Posted at 01:29pm
Agnes & family,
Thinking of you with deepest sympathy. You will miss Steve every day; take refuge in your memories. I enjoyed my time with Steve at the bridge table.
Myrna Mackey

Tim Nohara

Posted at 08:08pm
Dear Mrs. Bak, Dave, Stephanie, Adrian & families:
Janet & I are so sorry to hear of your loss. I wish we could see you in person to give you all big hugs. Dave, the last time I spoke to your Dad was at St. Alexander Church just a few months ago, and I was asking him how your Mom was doing. He looked and was his usual self, a gentleman through and through. I have enjoyed our short but warm conversations with your parents through the years, beginning when we were kids in St. Catharines and attending St. Julia's, and during these latter years here in Fonthill at St. Alexander. Your Dad knew and was a friend to the Lord his whole life. I have every confidence that our Lord has called him home. I hope this provides you all with some consolation during this difficult time. Please know that your family and your Dad are in our thoughts and prayers.
Janet & Tim Nohara

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