Mr. Yuri Stezenko

Mr. Yuri Stezenko

Tuesday, August 22nd, 1939 - Monday, September 28th, 2020
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August 22, 1939 – September 28, 2020

The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. (Psalm 28:7)

On September 28th, 2020, Yuri was unexpectedly and suddenly whisked home to be with Jesus.
He leaves behind his loving wife and best friend of 56 years, Darlene. He will be dearly missed by his three children Dan, David, & Debbie (Terry Beckman); and grandchildren Hillary & Abby, Kaleigh, Ashley & Lindsay, Caleb (Sam), Matthew (Savannah), Spencer & Katie. He is also survived by his precious little sister Ena (David Weldon), and nephews Brad & Kyle (Mandy).

He was predeceased by his father and mother, Alexander & Oksana Stezenko; his in-laws Bill & Dorothy Jacobson as well as his very best friend Constable John Kusznier.

Yuri grew up in Hurkett ON, and always treasured the relationships and memories he formed there.

In 1958 Yuri began his career with Canada Safeway, starting as a bag boy and eventually leading teams as store manager. He loved the people, both his colleagues and customers, and helped build a healthy culture at Safeway for 30 years.

In 1988, Yuri took a huge risk and opened Quality Market with his sons Dan and David. His passion to serve was incredible and he built a little store that soon became part of the fabric of our community. By the late 90’s he had established and expanded the company. He had mentored his sons and felt ready to retire.

Yuri devoted his retirement to God and his family. He had a passion for golfing, and working in his yard. He was a loving husband, and serving Darlene in any way he could brought him great joy. His love for his family was extraordinary and he always put other people first. Yuri and Darlene were part of the Redwood Park Church family for many years and he loved being a part of that community. The most remarkable things about Yuri were his integrity, his humility, and his tender heart, which touched all who encountered him.

Yuri and Darlene were blessed to spend many winters in Mesa Arizona with a cherished group of friends. They loved their home away from home, and found a wonderful church community there.

A Visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday October 9th, 2020 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm in the WESTFORT CHAPEL, 420 West Gore Street at James.

A Celebration Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday October 10th, 2020 at Redwood Park Church. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a small number of people can attend in person and they will receive invitations. We would be honoured to have everyone else who would like to attend join us via the live stream YouTube event hosted by the church. The link to the service will be posted on Redwood’s website http://www. -on the home page, as early as the evening before the service.

As directed by the Province of Ontario and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, the attendance at the visitation and service is restricted to 30% capacity or less and a record of attendance must be maintained. Wearing of masks or face coverings by everyone and maintaining social distancing of 6 feet is mandatory for those attending.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 9th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, October 9th, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Everest of Thunder Bay - Westfort Chapel
    420 West Gore Street at James, one block south of Frederica
  • Service

    Saturday, October 10th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, October 10th, 2020 11:00am
    Redwood Park Church
    2609 Redwood Ave. at Westminster
    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a small number of people can attend in person and they will receive invitations. We would be honoured to have everyone else who would like to attend join us via the live stream YouTube event hosted by the church. The link to the service will be posted on Redwood’s website http://www. -on the home page, as early as the evening before the service.


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Elfy and Don Foster

Posted at 10:46pm
We are truly sorry for your loss. Yuri will never be forgotten.

Christine Walters

Posted at 12:46pm
Dearest Darlene, Deb, Dave and Dan; Just finishes watching The celebration of Yuri’s life and was transported back many years seeing some of your faces and hearing your hearts speak of your Dad. I was brought back to praying together in that back room At the old Redwood; so thankful for your Darlene and your faithful love and intercession that partnered with God’s heart and ushered in such beautiful breakthrough! Thank you Dave for sharing the struggle as well as the sweet testimony of overcoming . Praying for Gods healing oil to fill the hole left here in your hearts on earth, but rejoicing with you that Yuri’s breakthrough was so full that He will hear those words, “Well done, good and faithful servant”

Kim MacMillan

Posted at 08:36am
I am reminded "When you go through deep waters, I will be with you" many occasions of being in the presence of Yuri and his family and the comfort they provided us at several family members passing. There are times wheen there are too few words left to heal us, when what we wish for is to be carried. Lord lift us up for he is already in paradise.
Deepest condolences from Marg MacMillan and family

Carol and David Baxter

Posted at 07:52am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Karen Sutch

Posted at 04:55am
To David and his family,
Our hearts sank when we heard of your beloved father’s / grandfather’s sudden passing. The loss you are all experiencing is great, and only our Saviour and time will help heal the tremendous ache. Thank God for your faith, for with faith there is hope. David, you have always been there for our family during these life changing moments. Please know that we care deeply for you and all of your family. We will be thinking of you all as you celebrate your Dad’s life on Friday and Saturday. If it weren’t for COVID19 we would certainly attend his service to hold you and your family up. We pray that the close friends and family will lift you all during this difficult time. We will certainly keep you all in prayer. May God bring you comfort and peace. Much love and blessings to you all. Karen and Rob Sutch

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