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Clement STEEN

Clement Glenford Steen, affectionately known as “Glen,” passed away suddenly and peacefully on July 21, 2023, at the age of 76. He was surrounded by his loving wife of 50 years, Darcy, at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital. Glen was born in Tillsonburg on December 16, 1946, to parents John and Mary Steen, both of whom predeceased him.

One of Glen’s greatest accomplishments was his enduring marriage to Darcy, with whom he shared a beautiful life together. They were blessed with two daughters, Meghan and Kelly, and their son Ziggy Glen Fairbairn. Glen was an exceptional father to them, instilling values of love and perseverance into their lives.

Throughout his career, Glen served as a dedicated Haldimand-Norfolk Health Inspector. He climbed the ranks to become the Health Office Manager and later the Health Director for the Haldimand-Norfolk Jurisdiction. His commitment to public health and safety was commendable, leaving a lasting impact on the community he served.

Apart from his professional pursuits, Glen had a deep passion for martial arts. He achieved the rank of Second-Degree Black Belt and was affectionately known as “Sensei Steen” by his students. Glen’s love for cycling was evident, as he would embark on lengthy trips to visit his daughter in Collingwood rather than opting for a three-hour drive. Additionally, he was an accomplished marathon runner, triathlete, and Ironman. Glen’s achievements in sports led to his induction into the Ontario Rugby Hall of Fame in 2019, solidifying his status as a respected member of the Brantford Harlequins rugby team.

Glen was a man of many interests and talents. His love for the environment, gardening, science, biology, and the arts rounded out his vibrant personality. He was not only a dedicated athlete but also a skilled artist, leaving behind a collection of cherished artwork for his family to remember him by. Moreover, Glen challenged himself intellectually by pursuing a master’s degree in Epidemiology, demonstrating his unwavering dedication to personal growth.

Glen’s impact extended beyond his personal life and endeavors. Known for his humor and wit, he was often asked to MC events. He inspired others with his unwavering determination, giving life his all, and serving as an example of living life to the fullest.

A Community Celebration of Life will be held in honor of Glen. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes- Burial and Cremation Services Inc. Memorial donations in Glen’s memory can be made online to the “Rick Hansen Foundation- Spinal Cord Research and Accessibility” on the funeral home’s website, where friends and family can upload photos, share letters of condolence, and order flowers. The interment will take place in the Tillsonburg Cemetery Columbarium, ensuring that Glen’s memory will forever be cherished in his hometown.

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