Our guy, Stephen was born in his hometown of St Albert at the Sturgeon hospital on January 25, 1997.
Our family was heartbroken when we heard the news of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash in which Stephen did not make it. He had recently turned 21 years old and had a promising future ahead of him. It was confirmed that Stephen died of his injuries immediately and did not endure any suffering.
He will be forever lovingly remembered by his number one fan and brother, Justin Wack, as well as his Mom and Dad, Tricia and Alan–semicolon– his grandparents, Lois Heinemann, Erna Bitner & John Mifsud, George and Yvonne Wack–semicolon– honorary grandparents, great aunt and uncle Sara & Irvine Saxer, who also carried such a special place in his heart, aunty Joy (Allan) Beveridge, aunty Anita Heinemann and cousin Isabella, uncle Terry and Aunty Marilyn Wack, with cousins Alicia (RJ), Danika, and Hailey.
Stephen’s billet families will always hold a special place with us. They welcomed our boy into their homes as if he was one of their own. The Pilger crew in Camrose, Rene in Whitecourt, and most recently for the last couple years, the Clements in Humboldt. You kept him fed (which we all know was no easy task) and gave him a loving place to stay while he pursued his passion of hockey away from home. For that we will always be thankful.
Stephen is survived by such a long list of loved ones, both family and friends, we can’t possibly begin to name them all. It doesn’t make any relationship less special, our guy was just so good at making connections. He made such a point of keeping up with his special relationships between both family and friends. Please know who you are, and know that we know that you know…..you know what we mean, ha.
Stephen had a very strong faith, and we know that our big guy is now with the Big Guy. He is reunited with some special family, his uncle Russell and Grandpa (Pa) Heinemann, we are sure were waiting with open arms. Many other great aunts/uncles/grandparents as well.
Normally, our family would like the world to know all about what an amazing guy we had in Stephen. The magnitude of this terrible tragedy has changed that a bit – many now know about Stephen’s hockey life and passion for videography. I guess we could still fill in a few blanks. He was a very intelligent young man – getting through school on the honour role each year. He was loyal to his friends and family. He was a compassionate human being, never forgetting the underdog. He was witty with such a good sense of humour and infectious laugh. He was just so much to so many.
In lieu of flowers, we ask for Memorial Donations to go to STARS Air Ambulance, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 8M7 or online at www.stars.ca. Our guy didn’t make it, but many Humboldt Broncos did because of their efforts.
We would also like to send a special Thank You to the strong support or our friends and family, all of the first responders, the Humboldt Bronco team that has worked tirelessly, the community of Humboldt who pulled together like family, and the well wishers from all across the country and the rest of the world. Your support is both noticed every day and so very much appreciated by our family.