Donald Stevens

Donald James Stevens

Tuesday, August 27th, 1946 - Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
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Donald James Stevens
It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Don Stevens, while surrounded by family, on May 21, 2019 at the age of 72. Don will always be remembered with love by Dianne, his wife of 49 years, his children Daniel (Athena Maio), Aleisha, and Scott (Sarah Armstrong), grandchildren Nicola, Ryan, Jaelyn, Liam and Riley, and siblings Larry Stevens and Marilyn Stevens.
Born on August 27, 1946 in North York, Ontario, Don graduated from Finch Avenue Public School and Earl Haig Secondary School, and attended University of Toronto where he completed his B.P.H.E. (1969) and his B.Ed. (1970). Don dedicated his life to teaching, mentorship, and excellence in athletics through coaching. He taught and was a Department Head at Mackenzie Collegiate, a co-ordinator of Physical and Health Education for North York, and a Vice-principal at Don Mills Collegiate. An avid athlete himself, Don loved the outdoors and active living; he could often be found outside distance running, cycling, hiking, or camping. As well, he was a skilled wood worker who built bedroom suites for his three children, a cedar strip canoe, and numerous decks for friends and family.
A celebration of Don’s life will be held on Sunday June 23, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at King’s Riding Golf Club, 14700 Bathurst St., King City, L7B 1K5. Words of remembrance and tributes will be at 2:30 p.m. Family, friends, former students and colleagues wishing to attend are welcome.
The family would like to thank the staff at Simcoe Manor Home and Matthew’s House Hospice for the care and kindness provided to Don and his family in the last months of Don’s life.
For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either place: Simcoe Manor Long Term Care Home, 5988 8th Line, Beeton, ON, L0G 1A0; Matthew’s House Hospice, 131 Wellington Street East, Alliston, ON, L9R 0G7.
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  • Celebration of Life

    Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 | 1:30pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 1:30pm - 4:00pm
    King's Riding Golf Club
    14700 Bathurst Street
    King City, Ontario L7B 1K5
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 |
    Sunday, June 23rd, 2019
    King's Riding Golf Club
    14700 Bathurst Street
    King City, Ontario L7B 1K5
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


Donations are being accepted for: Simcoe Manor.


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Jewel Black

Posted at 01:16pm
My name is Jewel Black, and I was a student at Don Mills Collegiate Institute in 93/94

I have tried for years to find Mr. Stevens via social networking to thank him for EVERYTHING. Today, I am crying for a man who was like a second father to me, a man that believed in me when nobody else did. A man that recognized that there was something SERIOUSLY wrong at home.

Without knowing it, his love, confidence and just BEING there for me when I was 14, helped to save my life.

I had always hoped to find him, to show him how i've turned out, despite everything. I wanted to shake his hand and say "Thank you for being the ONE ADULT that I could ALWAYS count on."

I have so many great stories about him, if the family would like to hear, I would be THRILLED to connect. My email is and my current phone number is (250)920-6428

Until we meet again, Mr Stevens.


Posted at 12:48pm
I am heartsick. After years of wishing to re-establish contact this was not how we hoped to find you. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Jen, Cathy and I (Nancy, in photo attached) have often tried Social Media and other ways we could imagine in a effort to re-connect. How incredibly strange that Jennifer found this the very day after the service. We would have been there. I would love to hear from someone in the family if you are so inclined. My email is

Sue Silverman

Posted at 09:25pm
I was deeply saddened to hear of Don's passing. My deepest condolences to his family on their loss.
Don was the head of the physed department at Mackenzie where I was a student. Being a gym rat was the beginning of our friendship. He was tough and gentle rolled into one. He was a great athlete and understood the meaning of hard work, discipline and dedication . He passed this on to me and countless other students and athletes. We were badminton partners and were fierce. Most lunch hours, I ran with him and Mr. Dundee.
Another wonderful trait of Don's was his interest in other people's lives. He was a great listener. At one point he helped me when I was struggling and I am forever grateful. We continued to get together over the years, whenever I was visiting Toronto, catching up on each others lives. We spoke early on in his illness. Giving up running was difficult for him, as he was always an active person. However in Don Steven's style, he pushed forward.
He loved his wife Diane , his children, grandchildren and friends deeply. Wherever you are Don, may you now have ease. I miss you.
Love your friend, Sue Silverman

Kathy and Glen Bednis

Posted at 08:57am
So sad to hear of Dons untimely death. Lots of fond memories of living on Ferndale raising our families. My sympathies to you Diane and your children. Glen and Kathy Bednis

Marissa Revzen-Ellis

Posted at 10:53pm
Mr. Stevens was a teacher who motivated us to do our best. He was always kind and caring. He celebrated our successes and helped us to be resilient when things went became overwhelming. He was one of the reasons that I chose to pursue teaching as a career and I have had a wonderful career. I would like to send my condolences to his family and may they find strength in one another at this very difficult time. May he Rest In Peace.

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