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Steven Patrick Woods

December 28, 1982 - April 10, 2021


Steve Woods was a remarkable young man with an abundant sense of humour, deep interest in others, and strong powers of observation. He taught us all something about how to live.

Steve was born to an active Nelson family. His mom and dad (Pam and Guy) involved Steve and his older sister, Brynna, in sports from hiking, waterskiing, and competitive swimming to alpine ski racing. Steve embraced them all with his cadre of friends, and showed promise as a ski racer.

Sadly, in 2000, he had a skiing accident that left him quadriplegic. Showing grit and a healthy dose of good attitude Steve adjusted, with the help of his family, to his new reality in a motorized wheelchair. He struck out bravely to live his life to the fullest.

He completed a degree at UBC in Leisure and Sport Management, lived independently in New Westminster, and worked at the Langara YMCA, bringing smiles to everyone who came through the door. He also carried his slalom skills forward to his wheelchair, which he had an uncanny ability to maneuver through narrow spaces and crowds of people at great speed.

Steve continued to love sports: he was a big fan of the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer team. Never missing a game at BC Place, he chatted and cheered with his stadium friends, enjoying both the players and the antics of his fellow fans. He also took up geo-caching and enjoyed getting out with parents and friends to find sites as well as developing his own around Nelson.  He also enjoyed cooking, giving his mother lots of ideas and direction on what to make.  Walks with friends and family, dinners out and visiting with family around Vancouver were an important part of his life as well.  Exploring accessible trails whenever we saw them was always a favorite adventure since “accessible” didn’t always turn out to be that accurate.

Steve never complained about his accident, but rather blessed the lives of those lucky enough to know him with his buoyant optimism. Sadly, Steve passed away after an accidental fall in his home-town of Nelson. Steve is deeply missed by his friends and family. We all remember Steve as someone who listened carefully and did not judge. He wanted to know people for who they were – especially if they didn’t take themselves too seriously!

Steve is survived by his parents Pam and Guy Woods, by his sister Brynna Check and her husband Steve Check, and by his much-loved nieces Hannah and Evie, as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial will be held when Covid-19 limitations allow.  Memorial donations may be made to Friends of Pulpit Rock Society (Pulpitrock.ca).

“May you now take your wings and fly off to all the adventures you’ve been longing for for many years Steve” 


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From: Steve and Jan Flett

Guy and Pam,
Jan and I send our deepest condolences to the both of you and your family
Steve was a special person and we’re deeply sorry for your loss.

From: thompsonfs

What a beautifully written tribute to a brave, multi-talented, kind, and humorous man. It brought tears to my eyes. When I think of Steve I remember most the time I spent with him as his teacher in grade 9. He was so dedicated to his sports and to his studies. His dedication was built on a solid basis of goal setting. He was a very mature 15 year old who inspired many of his classmates, and me as well, to seize life and believe in yourself. My heart goes out to his family.

Marilyn Miller

From: Gosney family
Relation: Friend

Dear Pam and Guy, wherever your adventures take you, you will carry Steve in your hearts.

From: Mike and Ineke McIndoe
Relation: community activities

Guy,Pam,Brynna and family
Keeping you all close in our thoughts as you deal with Steve’s sudden death. Steve was an amazing young man who lived his life to the fullest and will be greatly missed by the many people he loved and blessed. We remember the swim meets and his smiling easy going manner despite the competition. You will be blessed with many memories. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

From: Thomas Middleditch
Relation: Friend

He really was a bright light in the world. My heart goes out to you guys and I’ll be in Nelson soon to say hello.

From: Tom and Cathy Foxcroft

Guy ,Pam,and family so sorry for your loss. Our heartfelt condolences to you .

From: Bruce and Bonnie Johnson
Relation: A friend of our daughters.

The Woods Family,
We are so saddened to hear of your loss. Steve’s influence and energy touched the lives of our daughters, Erika and Karin. It’s true, he made everyone’s life better .. just knowing him.
Our thoughts are with you all.

From: Lisa, Jemma and Charlie
Relation: Friend

Steve, we will miss your keen eyes and wisdom as you brought us into the world of geo-caching. Our deepest sympathy to all of you now and always.

From: Ross and Susan Potter
Relation: we met Steven as a child when he was in our daughters classes

Our hearts are saddened at the news of Steven’s death. We send you our sympathies and wishes of peace and healing for you all.

From: Denise MOreau

Pam, Guy, Brynna: Every time I picture Steve, it is with a big smile. He really led a full life! So sad it was not nearly long enough. I hope your many happy memories bring some comfort.

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