The Reverend Stephen John Hallford was born on May 17, 1954. He peacefully left his earthly existence on September 27, 2020, a beautiful, sunny Sunday morning, just as the leaves were beginning to turn.
A humble man, he preferred to simply be called Steve. He would never announce to anyone that he was a priest and he wasn’t one to preach. He lived a good, honest, thoughtful, and gentle life that was a tremendous comfort and example to many.
Steve grew up in Oakville, went to Trent University, the University of Toronto, and finally to the Vancouver School of Theology where he earned his Master’s of Divinity and was soon ordained as an Anglican priest.
His role in the Anglican church took him all over western Canada. Over the years he had parishes in B.C. in Lumby and Vernon, then in Alberta including Camrose, Calgary and Edmonton, and most recently at Christ Church in Flamborough, Ontario, behind which will be his final resting place. He chose a lovely spot in the cemetery there under a very old maple tree.
Steve was happiest in nature, whether hiking in the Rockies or paddling his canoe in Muskoka. He was a voracious reader, a good cook, and an even better listener. Children, adults, and animals alike were all drawn to his quietly gentle demeanor.
Recently predeceased by his parents Don and Marianne, they will be waiting to welcome him home by Christ’s side. He will be deeply missed by his family; wife Nancy, daughter Emily (Albert), stepson Daniel, stepdaughter Nicole, mother-in-law Estelle Becker (the late Don Becker), sisters-in-law Leslie (Mark), Amy (Fernanda), siblings Bruce (Ziggy), Ian (Irene), Pat (Scott), grandchildren Isla and Orion, many loving nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews, numerous friends, both new and old, former colleagues and parishioners.
The family would like to thank the wonderful medical teams at the Juravinski Cancer Center, the VON nurses, and finally everyone at the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice who took such good care of Steve until the very end. A special thank you to friend and retired Anglican priest, Peter Davison, who was a dear friend and spiritual mentor throughout Steve’s illness.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), Christ Church (Flamborough), or the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice would be greatly appreciated.
A private graveside service will take place on October 2nd with a larger celebration of his life to be announced at a later date.
Sending all our love and sincere condolences to the entire family!! Love from Pam, Orval, Trisha and Ford Tanney
Thinking about you all and sending our best wishes – love the entire McMullen clan in Alberta
My deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing away of your Dad. Rest assured that your Dad has gone to be with the Lord and his parents in heaven. I pray that the Holy Spirit comforts all of you during this time of grief, and Jesus gives all of you peace beyond all understanding. Stay strong and take care of yourself.
Love and Hugs,
Take care of yourself.
I read with sadness the news of Steve’s passing and send sincere condolences and prayers of comfort and strength to Steve’s family. I was a classmate of Steve’s at WH Morden PS and GE Perdue HS.
We are sorry to hear of the death of Stephen. When he was in Camrose, he took my wife Elizabeth’s mother’s funeral and we appreciated his help at the time. Our other connection was that Camrose was a parish that my father had been priest in charge, and later when
Stephen was in Edmonton he was the priest at another parish where my father had previously been the priest. We had a great deal of respect for him and his ministry and offer our condolences to his family.