It is with great sadness but also grateful hearts that the family of Herbert Carl Stevenson announced his recent passing at the Eston Healthcare Centre on April 5, 2023, at the age of 91 years.
Herbert Carl Stevenson was born on February 16, 1932, the third of five children born to parents Ellaf (Stevie) and Marjorie (Stinson) Stevenson. He and his siblings Muriel (Patterson), Robert, Donald, and Edward Stevenson grew up in Eston and all shared a love of sports that would carry on throughout all of Herb’s life.
In July 1951 Herb married his childhood sweetheart Shirley Anne (Hamilton) who he had known since he was 5 years old. Together they raised 4 children Garry, Brian, Susan (Gannon), and Brent most of those years being spent living on the family farm near Richlea. After having enjoyed the farm and raising their family, Herb and Shirley moved to Eston to a house on Main Street where they became the local coffee shop for many, including family, friends, and visitors right up until his passing.
Herb and Shirley celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on July 17, 2016, before Shirley’s passing in November 2016. Although their long lives together were very blessed, they experienced painful times as well with the loss of their only daughter Susan (Gannon) in July 2009 and their oldest son Garry in February 2012.
Herb’s passion was always some form of sports. From an early age he always enjoyed playing hockey and baseball, most of those years with the Eston Ramblers. His skill in baseball would take him to a baseball camp in Corpus Christi, Texas at the age of 16 and into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame on three different occasions. His first being in 2000 as a player for the Eston Rambler Baseball team, in 2007 he and the Stevenson family and the Town of Eston were inducted and the third as a member of the Gull Lake Jr. ball team for winning provincials in 1949.
After baseball and hockey, he enjoyed and excelled in curling as well, having gone to 6 Northern Brier playoffs and as the skip in winning 2 Lions Provincial Championships. He was also an avid hunter for many years and also in his later years, gained a love for golfing and was able to play a few rounds right up to the ripe old age of 90. He was also honoured to be inducted into the Eston Gallery of Glory in 2020 for his many years of supporting the community in various activities and events throughout his life.
Herb was predeceased by his wife Shirley, son Garry (Nancy) and daughter Susan Gannon (John). Herb leaves to mourn his sons Brian (Shelly), Brent Carson, daughter-in-law Nancy (Hartsook), and son-in-law John Gannon, his 7 grandchildren, Shauna (Peter), Chad (Charlene), Sarah (James), Brandie (Rob), Barrett, Shannon (Jason), Shanna (Kelly), and 14 wonderful great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank all of Dad’s family and special friends who have been so supportive in loving, caring, praying, and visiting with him over the years. We would also like to thank the staff at Rosetown Hospital, Royal University Hospital, and the Eston Health Centre for the wonderful care Dad received over the past several months. Sincere thanks also to Pastors’ Doreen Hewitson and Greg Cooper, ushers - Cliff Olorenshaw, (tribute) Daryl Froystad, Darcy Morrice, and Darren Oliphant, pianist – Brenda Robinson, Soloist – Laurie Thompson, Florist – Kelly Knight (Fresh), the United Church ladies for the wonderful lunch provided after the service, and Kelly Froese – Kindersley Community Funeral Home and Crematorium. All of you helped make Dad’s ‘Celebration of Life’ all that he would have wanted it to be.
Please note the interment will not be able to happen due to the amount of moisture in the cemetery. There will be a Memorial Service first held for Herbert on Friday, April 14th at 2:00 p.m. from the Eston Full Gospel Church, Eston, SK with Rev. Doreen Hewitson and Rev. Greg Cooper officiating.
If desired, donations in memory of Herbert may be made to the Eston Riverside Regional Park Golf Course. Details below.
Eston Riverside Regional Park Golf Course
Box 883, Eston SK S0L 1A0