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Steve Teeter

Our Father passed away on May 7, 1994 at age 37. Of much greater importance than his death was our Father's life and the way he lived it!

Steve lived his life in love. He gave himself freely. He did not ask for things in return. He was a good father and a faithful friend. Even during the days of ALS our Father kept his sense of humor, his love of laughter and the smile he often wore. For those who came to visit, Steve was an inspiration and one was hard pressed to leave his presence without feeling some sense that their problems were not so big anymore.

As a teenager Steve moved from Brampton, ON to Markdale, ON. He was liked and loved as a good, solid, hard working hockey player. He became President of the Student Council. He was a faithful attender, Board Member and Sunday School Teacher of St. John's United Church and was one of the organizers and planners of the earliest men's breakfasts. In moving to Owen Sound, Steve again taught Sunday School at Division Street United Church and then at the Alliance Church. Our Father enjoyed being involved in his sons lives as he was also a Boy Scout Leader.

Our Father's life is a reminder to all that there is no knowing, nor controlling the end of our days. What we do have a great deal of control over is the quality of the life we live in the circumstances that we find ourselves. For Steve this choice meant living the highest quality of life possible, giving control of his life to God.

Our Father was not perfect but he lived his life with faith and because of this he was able to remain firm, both emotionally and spiritually. He possessed a peace that surpasses understanding; not hating God or blaming Him but rather realizing that his final witness to the world was to be found in living with ALS.


A verse that was of comfort to Steve during his days living with ALS was Philippians 4:4:

""Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let you gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anyting, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."