Steve Hibbert

A photo of Steve Hibbert

Visitation:

Celebration of Life - Willow Ridge
Sunday April 7, 2024
1:00pm - 4:00pm

 With his adoring family by his side, Steve passed away peacefully at home on Saturday March 16 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. 

 Born March 12, 1956, to the late George and Elizabeth (Betty) Hibbert, Steve leaves behind his wife, soul mate and business partner, Wendie, children Aaron Hibbert, Cory Hibbert (Jessica), Nicole Hibbert, Sean Stafford (Sarah), Casie Nurse (Brent). A proud grandfather (Bumpa) of twelve grandchildren Braden, Bhrett, Broc, Brooklyn, Gavin, Jayla, Chloe, Bella, Blakely, Tenley, Avery and his Brinboo (Brinley).

Steve was born to humble, yet loving beginnings as the eldest of five children. He will be greatly missed by his siblings whom he adored, Brian Hibbert (Jacqueline), Bill Hibbert (Kathy), Doug Hibbert (Fran) and Beth Cartlidge (Paul). Sadly missed and fondly remembered by in-laws Jean Walker and Eric Baldwin, Laurie Bearss (Mike), Julie Tanguay (Rob).

 Steve was a “larger-than-life” character, never to be forgotten by all that came to know him. Not only large in stature, he had the personality to match. Steve was the epitome of “work hard, play hard”. He loved working, and loved a good time with family, friends, and business associates — many who became lifelong friends. He started working from a young age which led him to the trucking industry. In 2007, Steve and Wendie acquired SM Freight Inc. in Blenheim, ON. Over the last 17 years, Steve, as the CEO, poured his heart and soul into growing and leading a profitable and respected trucking company, employing just under 100 employees. In April of 2023 it was sold to a multi-national, public company. Knowing he would always need something to stay busy, Steve and Wendie also developed a commercial real estate and warehousing business in Blenheim, ON, (Graham Street Warehousing Inc)., that continues today.

In 2007 Steve and his wife Wendie settled in the community of Rondeau Bay Est., and it wasn’t long before Steve became the self-appointed “Mayor”. He loved his neighborhood (The Hood) and the neighbors. He held the position of the Vice-President of the community’s Association to this day. He never did anything by half measure and the bigger the equipment to get the job done, the better. He had a passion for anything and everything involving trucking, farming and equipment. His method of teaching and leading was “watch me” — never asking anyone to do anything he wasn’t willing to do himself. Anyone who truly got to know Steve knew his bark was worse than his bite. He had a soft spot for kids and supported many local sporting and youth programs in the area, never saying no to anyone who came knocking for a donation small or large. 

Steve and Wendie enjoyed many years RV’ing with friends in the summer while spending time in the winter months in North Ft. Myers FL, where he also became a notable figure and member of the local community’s “Garage Guys”. He made friends wherever he went. He enjoyed golfing and provided many of his friends with some good laughs on the course. There was never a dull moment when Steve was around.

Finally, Steve loved his family and was always there to support them. His passion for equipment and trucking has been passed down to his children; four of whom remain in the industry today. 

Steve was not ready to go as he had much left he wanted to do. He fought very hard to beat his cancer in the hopes of achieving more goals and being able to enjoy his hard-earned retirement with Wendie, and tour North America in their RV. When it became evident no more could be done to ensure a quality of life, without spending most of the time in treatment, in true Steve fashion, he took control, no longer allowing his cancer to dictate his final days. 

“Call a spade a spade” was another term he lived by which is exactly what he did. Fortunately for Steve, he passed away very peacefully without the need for further medical intervention although he was grateful it was available. The family would like to thank Nurse Practitioner Willi Kirenko, who made Steve feel so comfortable and at peace in his final days and, although MAID was not required in the end, she made herself available to the family and was there to help guide and support, as well Blenheim Community Funeral Home for their care and guidance. Thank you to all those who took the time to message Steve in his final days, he enjoyed them immensely. They were incredibly moving, funny, loving and will help to heal our broken hearts.

There are no words to describe the heartbreak we are experiencing. There will never be another quite like our Big Guy. Rest easy Big Steve, SG, Boss-Man. We’ll take it from here. Keep your stick on the ice! 

Cremation has taken place and Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday April 7, 2024, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Willow Ridge Golf & Country Club, 439 Chatham St S, Blenheim ON.  Words of remembrance and a toast at 2:00pm.

The family asks those who wish to make a donation in honor of Steve, to please consider the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation or Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwestern Ontario.  Online condolences may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com 

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Nancy & I were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Steve Hibbert. I had the privilege of getting to know Steve on a personal level during our business interactions. Not only was Steve a client, he was a loving family man and a smart businessman whose passion for his work and dedication to his family and his staff left a lasting impression on me. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Wendie, the Hibbert family, and friends.

Nancy & I were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Steve Hibbert. I had the privilege of getting to know Steve on a personal level during our business interactions. Not only was Steve a client, he was a loving family man and a smart businessman whose passion for his work and dedication to his family and his staff left a lasting impression on me. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Wendie, the Hibbert family, and friends.

Wendie and Families. We are sending you our deepest sympathy and want you to know you are being held closely in our prayers. Steve was full of life, had great character and always made anyone feel welcome. He will truly be missed. Hold steadfast as you make way to bid him his final farewell. Godspeed Steve. Much Love and Light always…Xxoo Vickie and Jamie

So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time . Rest in peace. Ray and family

Wendie…..,Terry and I just heard about Steve. So sorry. Hope to see you Sunday.

Hi Wendi and family, sorry to hear about the big fella, he certainly was 1 of a kind, a hell of a good guy, RIP my friend.

So sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. Sending our thoughts and prayers to his family. We haven’t been in touch with him for a long time but he was a good friend years ago. Gerald (Jerry) & Ann Ward

Our sincere condolences to Wendie & family. Cherish all of your wonderful memories. Thinking of you all.

I'll Miss you my Brother,Ian

Wendie: so sorry to hear about Steve passing. Although we met as business associates, I always enjoyed meeting with both of you and considered you friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Wendie: so sorry to hear about Steve passing. Although we met as business associates, I always enjoyed meeting with both of you and considered you friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

I haven't seen Steve for years . But always rember the times with his young family back when we were trucking for Veri farms .. long way back . Rest in piece my friend ..Bob

Wendy and family, I am so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. He was surely one of a kind and will be certainly missed by many. Wendy, my heart goes out to you but I'm glad Steve is finally at peace. Aunt Sharon

Wendie & Family So Sorry to Hear about Steve. Thinking of you, all. Wishing Warm Memories for you, Always God Bless 🙏🏻 Hugs 🥰 Deb Burry & Family

Wendy and Family: We are so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. We have many fond memories of working and camping together. May the special memories you shared help you through this difficult time.

We did know Steve but are friends with his brother Bill and sister in law Kathy. It sounds as if Steve, wherever he went, left that place better than when he got there. The Golden Touch! Our condolences to the entire Hibbert family.

Wendie and family, so sorry to here of Steve passing.I had a lot of great memories of working with Steve, plus a lot of fun times.Our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.

Thinking of all Steve's family and friends at this sad time. May your treasured memories bring you comfort.

Our deepest condolences to Wendie and the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. God Bless. Enrico & Marilena Naclerio

My deepest condolences to all of Steve's family. He was a great man with a big personality. Rest easy big fella.

Dearest Wendie, and Family, I send you all my Love and prayers at this time. To say we lost a “great man” is an understatement. Everything Steve did was a testament of his love for his family and others. I am forever grateful for the time I had with Steve, Wendie and his family…… thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your wings were ready…….. but our hearts were not.

I remember the Hibbert family so well from my days at SPCS; I also remember George and Betty, the always concerned and loving parents. Steve was a very memorable student in Grade 8. Standing in line to go back into class after a recess, he came up to me and asked me if I would like to hear a joke. When I answered yes, he became the last student into the school and stayed behind to tell me his joke privately, and it was a doozie! . I still use that silly little joke in my social circles. In my mind, it will be always "Steve's joke". My condolences to the entire Hibbert family at this difficult time.

Wendie and Family, Thinking of you's during this difficult time. May the memories of Steve bring you comfort during this difficult time. R.I.P. Steve With heartfelt sympathy and love, Ruth,Karyn, Nancy & Tim Hewbank and families

We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Steve. May the special memories you made together help you and your family through this difficult time

We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Steve. May the special memories you made together help you and your family through this difficult time

My Condolence to Steve's family and friends. Dan

Wendie and family, so sorry for your loss my deepest condolences.

Wendie & Family, We are very sorry for your loss. Steve was a great friend, neighbour and golf buddy. He will be greatly missed. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Jack & Katherine Hitchcock

Wendy and family, we are so so deeply sorry to hear about Steve. He was an amazing guy. Thinking of you all.

Wendy and family, we are so so deeply sorry to hear about Steve. He was an amazing guy. Thinking of you all.

With our deepest sympathy and prayers to the whole family, condolence.

Steve was my neighbor as a kid in Kirkton, we would sit around George & Betty's always a room filled with laughs ! Burning the tires off his Javelin at the ball diamond was one of the many memories!

Wendie and family, we are so very sorry for your loss , we are here for you if you need anything. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We also are so grateful for your generous donation for Willas education fund, I should have reached out sooner but you are all in our hearts❤️

We are very sorry to here about Steve our condolences to Wendie and family through this tough time

Wendy so said to hear about Steve. He was a great friend. He helped me when my business was struggling and for that I will be ever grateful. He will be missed by many .

Wendie & family, Our sincerest condolences in Steve’s passing. Steve was a man that once you met him, you never forgot him. He was such a good man to so many of us, and the ‘hood will surely miss his presence. The World has lost a good man. Kevin & Linda Sheehy~~~

We visited with Steve in December before he left Florida for more treatments in Mexico. He looked much better and his attitude was very positive. We were very optimistic that he was on the road to remission. Steve was certainly bigger than life, I didn’t know him in his business life, but I did play golf with him and he always swung at the ball like it was a life or death moment. Playing poker wish him was another intense situation, losing was not in his vocabulary. Steve will be greatly missed here in Magnolia Landing, his passing leaves a tremendous void in our community. RIP Steve. Our sincerest condolences to Wendie and family.

We are so very sorry to hear of your loss, Our deepest and sincerest sympathy to you family.

Dear Wendie & Family, We extend our condolences to you on the loss of Steve. Our paths crossed many times in his early years while living in Whalen Corners. He always loved a party and had the greatest booming laugh!

Wendie and family, so sorry for your loss my deepest condolences.

Wendie and family, so sorry for your loss my deepest condolences.

Wendie & Family. So sorry to hear of Steve's passing. Sending our sincere condolences to you and your family. Thinking of you. Rick & Maxine Posthumus

Wendie, Casie, Brent, Cory & families - I am so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. Such a beautiful, heartfelt tribute to a truly wonderful man. I'm so grateful I had the opportunity to work for Steve and your family. Thinking of you all.

to the Hibbert family, Being a newer neighbor in Rondeau Bay Estates, but not a stranger to Rondeau, I look forward to remember and honor Steve's good name in our future. Heartfelt thoughts to the Family during this very very difficult time, Rob 11522 Meadowview (aka Rondeau Rob)

Sincere and heartfelt condolences to all of the family in this extremely difficult time.

Wendie & Family Sending my sincere condolences to your and your family during this difficult time. While I didn't have a long time to get to know Steve, I was instantly impacted by his sincerity, his love and passion for his company and his integrity. Your wonderful memories will carry you and your family through this difficult days. Wishing you are your family peace and comfort in the coming days.

It is with a broken heart 💔 hearing of Steve’s passing, I loved the opportunity to deal Steve being his Goodyear representative and enjoying playing golf and just being Steve’s friend. God bless you Steve and your family, you will certainly be missed by all. ❤️

Dan and I are so sorry for your Great Loss. Steve's Obit was very heartwarming and heartbreaking. Sounds like Steve's life never had a dull moment. May he Rest in Peace now and watch over you and your Family with Love and Care..God Bless...Cecille and Dan

Wendy we hope you are at peace in this troubled time Rest assured Steve is no longer in pain. Jason and Anne Anstey

Wendie & Family - I am so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing - he was a lot of fun to work with back in the Walker days. May the love of constant caring friends soften your sadness, may cherished memories bring you moments of comfort, may lasting peace surround your grieving hearts. Thinking of you all...xo

Dale and I are very sorry to learn of Steve's passing. We send our sincere condolences Casie and Brent, Avery and Brinley and all of your extended family. Although we did not have the opportunity to meet Steve it is clear that he was a force to contend with and understood how to live life fully. His mantra of "work hard, play hard" ... there is no better way to live!

I send my condolences too wendy and family of Steve's passing. It was always a pleasure working with steve and a down right hoot to be around...sadly missed.

Brian,Bill,Doug,Beth and Wendy and family's So sorry for your loss. As kids we all had a lot of fun together. Thoughts and prayers go out to you all at this time.

So sorry for your loss my prayers and condolences to all the familay

Our hearts very heavy to hear about Steve’s passing ! Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time . There are really no words that to ease this loss of Steve , nor the pain felt by many. This man who was so full of life , never having a bad word to say . Always had the time to joke accepted one like family ! Rest easy big guy you fought a tough and courageous battle but alas now pain free !! Rest easy keep in trucking you will be dearly missed

Our deepest condolences to the Hibbert family, may your loving memories bring comfort during this difficult time. Sue and Wayne Brown

Steve was larger than life and a truly one of a kind . Rest easy big guy

Sincere condolences to all the family on Steve's passing ..May he rest in peace

My sincere condolences to Wendie and family on Steve’s passing. You couldn’t get through a conversation with Steve without him cracking a joke. An honourable man who achieved an amazing career. 🕊️

Dear Wendie and Family, Our Deepest Sympathy in the loss of your Dear Steve. Wishing you peace to bring comfort,Courage to face the days ahead and Loving Memories to forever hold in your hearts. We are thinking of you and your family during this sad time. We will truly miss our Dear Friend. Sincerely Jane and John

Sending our condolences to the Hibbert Family on the passing of Steve. He was great asset to RBE and will be missed. Thinking of you at this difficult time Dayle & Donna