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Douglas Steven Livingston

Steve Livingston was born May 14, 1970 at the Carman Hospital. He was the 3rd son born to Doug and Sandra Livingston of Rosebank MB. He was predeceased by his father Peter Douglas Livingston, his grandparents Ivan and Rhea Livingston, and Clifford and Dorothy Loree. Also his buddy, father in law Ron Manns.

Left to mourn are his beloved wife of 21 years Tricia and his most precious children Tyler and Jillian. His mother Sandra Livingston, brother Drew & wife Sheryl, children Harmon, Mason, Greyson, Aislinn & Evan, brother David & wife Kim, children Amanda, Jerrica, Robyn, Sarah, Zane, Emma, & Kieran, brother Robert & wife Kimberely, children Seth and Natashia. Many Aunts, Uncles and beloved cousins. Also mourning are the communities of Rosebank and Miami and so many, many friends.

Steve grew up with his brothers on the family farm across from Rosebank. Neighbours and cousins the Duncans were back and forth with the Livingston clan regularly. Steve attended school in Miami graduating in 1989. He tried his hand at University right out of high school but needed a bit more time to figure out what he wanted to do. He worked at Continental Grain in Carman and then went to the Rosebank Proven Seed Research Farm. He had great times at the research farm meeting many people and deciding that he loved agriculture. He decided to go back to University and graduated from the University of Manitoba with his diploma in Agriculture. After graduation he got a job with ICMS doing agriculture research out of Portage la Prairie. He then worked for Lipha Tech selling bean inoculant. In typical Steve fashion during school and working he met and made many friends. At the beginning of 2001, Steve got the agronomist position at Pembina Coop (Swan Lake). Thanks to Bob Beenaerts and Tony Hoess, Steve found his passion, he loved being an agronomist. The relationships with farmers and their families and his Coop family were extremely important to him.

In 2013 he got an opportunity to be the Bean Specialist with BASF Canada. During his time with BASF he met many people and made many more friends. Then in 2016 he and friend James Oakes met with Brent Manning from the GJ Chemical Group. Brent took a chance on them and they started a new Ag Retail in Miami. They named it SJ Agronomy Services Inc. This was Steve’s dream and he was living it. Being able to work with farmers and agriculture professionals brought so much joy to his life.

In 1990, Steve met Tricia at Y Point Pelican Lake. They started dating and were together ever since. In October 1996 they were married in Miami. In 1999 they were blessed with son Tyler and that same year they moved to Steve’s grandparent’s farm two miles south of Rosebank. In 2002 daughter Jillian was born and our little family was complete. In 2005 it was decided that the old house couldn’t be repaired and we started building a new house on the farm. With help from Pembina Coop and Perry Beernaerts, along with Rheal Rouire, Tom Burnett and Adam Steppler the house was put up. Steve did many parts of the house building himself, along with his father in law Ron. Steve always said he learned so much building the house and it gave him great pride that he did it. There were many projects that Steve wanted to still complete at home on the farm, but instead he was usually to be found doing projects at the cabin, family and friends. Steve became a part of the lake family at Cow Point Pelican Lake. He was always willing to lend a hand to all the neighbours, play a round of golf, take people fishing (and filet the fish) and of course drink a beer on the deck. He was affectionately known as the Mayor of Cow Point.

Steve loved to fish, golf, boat, pull kids water skiing and tubing and socialize. He played many years with the Miami Stampeders Ball Club. This past summer the Stampeders had a reunion and he and son Tyler who is also a Stampeder played in the Alumni game. Ball coach Buddy Callum said that the Livingston’s were the first 3 generation Stampeders as Steve’s dad Doug had also played. He loved hockey. Tyler started playing hockey when he was 5 years old. Hockey became a huge part of Steve’s life. He loved coaching and developing hockey players. He attended every coaching clinic he could and learned all he could about encouraging kids to play. He was instrumental in bringing minor hockey back to Miami after it had died out. He coached Tyler for many years and then started coaching Jillian. Most recently he coached Jillian’s Carman Midget Girls Team. Steve loved coaching the girls, his goal was for them to have the most fun possible. Steve and Tricia’s favorite days were when all four of them could be together going to the kids’ games. Steve enjoyed meeting and connecting with hockey parents from across Southern Manitoba.

Most of all Steve loved people. He was always willing to lend a hand and especially a listening ear. After battling with depression himself, he encouraged people to talk and be kind to others. He always said you don’t know when someone is struggling so always be kind.

Steve loved his family with all his heart. Tricia, Tyler and Jillian know that he couldn’t have loved them more, they were his whole world. A few days before his death, he sent a text to Tricia to say he was on his way home, but the plane was delayed. The next text said, I miss my bed and my family can’t wait to get home.

On January 28th, 2018 Tricia and Tyler were on their way to Tyler’s hockey game in Winnipeg. Steve and Jillian had picked up fellow team mate Tayah Vanstone and were making their way to Carman for a game. They were hit by a semi truck and Steve was killed instantly. The family would like to thank all of the first responders, Carman Fire Dept & Paramedics that attended the scene and to the Carman Hospital Staff that looked after our dear Tayah. Special thanks to STARS Winnipeg who brought Jillian to the Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg. The staff at Children’s Hospital are very special people, they took such excellent care of not only Jill but their empathy for Tricia and Tyler was extraordinary.

Words cannot express how much he will be missed but his love for all of us will remain.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Miami and Area Foundation, the Miami United Church or friends of the family have opened a Trust. Donations to a trust fund for Tyler & Jillian are accepted at any branch of the Access Credit Union.

Comments  

#46 Shane & Leslie Norrie 2018-02-09 12:30
Our deepest sympathy and condolences to you all.
You are in our prayers.
#47 Carlsons 2018-02-09 12:38
Tricia, Tyler and Jillian, know that you are in our thoughts and our prayers. Words cannot express how much we loved Steve and will miss him dearly. You have such strong family and community to lean on at this difficult time, please know we are here for anything at all you need. Much love from Dean, Bev, Maddy and Curtis.
#48 Brent Wright & Luanne Anderson, ICMS 2018-02-09 17:29
Dear Tricia and family: We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Steve.
Steve’s big personality meant that that he quickly became friends and known to all he came in contact with. Although we hadn’t seen him very frequently in recent years, we still reminisced about him.
Steve’s attention to detail in terms of [censored] preparation and maintenance, and his efficiencies in seeding and harvesting are stories of legend in ICMS. When we are training new agronomists and techs 20-some years later, we still use the example of Steve’s attitude towards striving for perfection, and always having his trials ‘tour-ready’ on any day of the season. He always made us immensely proud with the appearance of his plots on the Sun Valley research station when he managed the Cargill Seed program there for ICMS. (continued...)
#49 Brent Wright & Luanne Anderson, ICMS 2018-02-09 17:30
Cont'd...... Steve learned the art of work-life balance early on. His work responsibilitie s were always done on time, in spite of never missing his 7 am weekday tee-times or weekend fishing trips. However, we still wonder about the time he accidently lost his cell phone in the lake on the weekend following his being declined permission to buy a newer model!
Our thoughts are with Tyler, Jillian and yourself, and with Steve’s close and extended family. We know that his death has left a huge hole in your family. He will be missed. Know that all of us will continue to relive our Steve stories with fondness for many years to come, whenever we get together with friends, old and new. He will be remembered. With all our sympathies, Brent & Luanne, ICMS
#50 shauna parker 2018-02-09 18:48
my deepest sympathy goes out to al of Steve s family . Steve was a great guy and will be greatly missed
#51 Ron & Ardith Rothwell 2018-02-10 09:03
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
#52 Joyne Casey-Mcleod 2018-02-10 17:20
Dear Trish, Tyler and Jillian
I'm so sorry for your loss. The service was a lovely celebration of Steve's full life. With love and hugs,
Joyne
#53 Marcy Platt 2018-02-13 05:06
Tricia, Tyler & Jillian,
We are so very, very sorry for the loss of your beloved husband & father. We cannot imagine how profound your pain must be. We have fond memories of Steve coaching Brooklyn years ago and of getting to know your family at that time. Please know you are in our thoughts & prayers. Regards, Marcy, Addison & Brooklyn Platt
#54 Suzanne Draper-Spring 2018-02-16 10:48
Dear Tricia, Tyler and Jillian. I am so very sorry for your loss. I didn't know Steve well other than through Kim and the kids talking about him. I can only imagine how you are feeling. I will be thinking about you and sending prayers for peace and healing. Take care.

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