Dr. Eric Steven of Riverview, New Brunswick passed away at the Moncton Hospital on the morning of May 26th, 2021. Pre-deceased by his best friend and beloved wife, Dr. Margaret Steven, the beloved father of Stewart (Carol), Susan (Bob Hassard) and Scott (Lisa). Grandfather of Meredith and Sydney, Alix and Jordis, and several grand pets. Also pre-deceased by his older brother Douglas Steven.
Born in Hamilton, Scotland, educated at University of Glasgow, he graduated with a degree in medicine (MBChB) in 1959, followed by his Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) from the University of Edinburgh. Married in 1966, he immigrated to Canada in 1968, first residing in Brandon, Manitoba where he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC), then settling in Riverview where he practiced Ophthalmology in Moncton for most of his career, finally retiring in 2004.
He will be remembered as a man of many facets. He was an avid outdoor enthusiast, including hiking, cross country skiing, canoeing and sailing, as well as a volunteer with NB Ground Search and Rescue (NBGSARA) and Trail Master for the Dobson Trail. He was well read and could carry on in-depth discussion on many subjects, often over a glass of Port. He also had a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and was a prolific artist including pen and ink, water colour and oil painting.
He will also be remembered as a character, playing practical jokes on colleagues and neighbors. He was known to present select “works of art” to colleagues at service award functions that were only suitable for storage and likely reside in a few basements in town. He also sent letters addressed from Toronto to select neighbors claiming to be a “love child” looking to connect. Being bilingual, one memorable drawing which hung in the physician’s lounge at the Dr. Georges Dumont Hospital was of a seal and a female sheep…you get the idea!
Eric is much loved and will be greatly missed.
It was Eric’s wish that there be no memorial or funeral service.
Donations can be made to the Fundy Hiking Trail Association, Friends of the Moncton Hospital, SPCA or charity of your choice.
Condolences from family and friends
Posted by Janice Pedlar | 02-Jun-2021
Our sincere condolences go out to Stewart and his family in New Brunswick and elsewhere. We are also thinking of Carol, Meredith and Sydney at this sad time. Although we didn't ever meet Mr. Steven, we're sure his great qualities will live on in your family's stories. Brian, Janice and Matthew in Oakville