Oliver Vilnis Steins

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ŠTEINS;  OLIVER VILNIS ~ February 8, 1958 – March 16, 2021 ~ left this Earth after a lengthy battle with ALS in Cobourg, Ontario. Beloved husband of Anita (nee Hofmans), and father of Lija (Jackson), Kristina and Aleksandra and adored member of the Port Hope community. He is survived by his only brother, John Šteins, sister in law, Paula Hassard in Dawson City, Yukon and his dear cousin, Aija Thomas, in Melbourne, Australia. Many thanks to all who supported him through this terrible disease, specifically, the entire community of Port Hope, who demonstrated their unwavering support through donations, fundraisers, visits, and moral support via the Viking Shield community. Port Hope carried Oliver through the final years of his life with love, support and dignity. We would also like to thank his NP, Jane Spencer, the PSWs of Saint Elizabeth, the nurses at the Northumberland Hills Hospital, Cobourg, who gave him excellent end of life care, his palliative doctor in Cobourg and his doctor at Sunnybrook.

Service Information

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the ALS Society of Canada. He will be interred at York Cemetery Toronto. Arrangements entrusted to Fallis & Shields Funeral Home, Millbrook. Donations or condolences may be made at www.fallis-shields.com


Sending love and condolences. He will be missed.

Barb & Tom Hall

I am so glad I got to know Oliver and Anita and family during the Brookside years. My thoughts are with you all.

Jane Goody

Our deepest sympathies, he will be missed.

Val and Joe Azzarello

Anita, Lija, Kristina, and Aleks- We are so very sorry for your loss of Oliver. We always enjoyed a chat with him, and have so many stories whether from work with trucking, or Masons, and Ganaraska Art. He will be missed by many. He fought hard.


I am so very sorry for your loss. Oli was always such a loving person and his incredible pride in his family always showed. I will always remember thinking as a kid that Oli was "so cool" in his black movie set jacket <3 thoughts and prayers with you always.

Jill Lackey

A true friend who I will miss, especially the political discussions.

Peter Schmitz

To Anita, Lija, Kristina and Aleksandra: It was with great sadness we heard of Oliver's passing. We wish you peace and may you forever hold in your hearts fond memories of your husband and father. Truly Jane & Jay

Jay Sherwin

Thinking of you at this time. We are sorry for your loss!

Pat & Bob Barker and Lily & Alex Morrow

Anita, Lija, Kristina and Aleksandra: Please accept my deepest condolences.

Joanne Drury

We were so, so sorry to hear of Oliver's passing. We send hugs to his lovely wife and cherished daughters.

Hugh and Carrol Levin

So sad to lose Oliver's amazing personality and talent. Walton Street will not be the same without him. Sincere condolences to his family and many friends in Northumberland County.

Tony & Lolly Prinzen

Truly a wonderful brother mason, generous heart and good friend to many, Oliver will be greatly missed by myself and all his brethren from Hope Lodge and Ontario District. Anita, Lija, Kristina, Aleksandra, and family we wish you peace and comfort in your loss with the sure and certain hope that we will all join him one day in the Grand Lodge Above, where there will be none of the constraints or sufferings of ourcorporeal bodies.

Ron DeMerchant

Our family is so very sorry to hear about your loss. Oliver was a kind and generous man. He framed four of our favourite family photos, and we will be sure to think of him each time we look at them. Gord and Mary Sleeman

Gord and Mary Sleeman

We miss you Oliver and wish you well wherever you are. We never failed to drop in to see you when we went into town and still marvel at your talent. The world needs more men like you.

Nancy Massie & Ian Todd

So sorry to hear of Oliver's passing. A larger than life personality that we will all miss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Anita, Lija, Kristina and Aleksandra.

Margaret and Rod MacKenzie

Oliver was my close friend during the early to mid 70s. We grew up and hung out together at Junior High & early High School until he moved up north. He was a giant both in personality and size. I always appreciated our friendship. and his interest in Art, Theater & Music. I was honoured to have him as a friend. My sincere condolences to his family.

Joey Grygier