It is with great sadness that the family of Eugene (Gene) Stefaniuk announce his passing on December 17, 2021 at the Sturgeon Community Hospital in St. Albert, at the age of 74. Gene was born June 12, 1947 in Radway Alberta and was the oldest of 5 siblings. Predeceased by his father Michael in 1998, mother Victoria in 2004 and nephew Curtis Holowach in 2015.
Gene will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his sons Ian and Kyle, also son Robert Pearse, daughter Christine Pearse, granddaughters Amanda Pearse, Alberta Pearse and grandson Cody Pearse.
He is survived by his brother Alvin, sisters Iris Dach (Allan), Sonia Holowach (Dave) and Sylvia Brown (Gordon) and numerous nephews and nieces, who will miss him dearly.
Gene was a very good auctioneer, working in the Edmonton and Rimbey area in the stockyards. Besides livestock, he would also work equipment and vehicle auctions. He also worked in the trucking industry for many years, driving and dispatching, and really got to know a lot of people.
With all of the different things he did, Gene was a cowboy at heart and loved the rodeo circuit, trying his hand at bull riding, steer wrestling and saddle bronc. His love for horses led him to owning quarter horses and his special thoroughbred ‘Born Too Bold’, that he raced in Calgary and Edmonton. He had so many friends at ‘the barns’.
Gene was an adventurous, fun loving, kind man who enjoyed life to the fullest. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. He was someone who, once you met, you would always remember.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at a later date with family and friends.