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Thibodeau, Dr. Steven

March 29, 2024

Date of Service: April 5, 2024

Dr. Steven Charles Thibodeau, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and pillar of care to his community, passed away on March 29, 2024 at the age of 70.

Born on February 05, 1954 in Kingston, Ontario to Raymond and Dora May Thibodeau, Steven was a man of integrity, and unwavering compassion. He was the 4th child in his family of 8 children (Mary, Susan, Janet (deceased), Mark, James, Andrew, John) whom he deeply cared about and had stayed connected to over his life. He was the loving husband of Jennifer (Sidwell) Thibodeau, and together they shared 42 years of cherished memories, professional development, deep care for one another, and unwavering devotion. As a father, he was a source of guidance, wisdom, and boundless love to his children, Jacqueline and Mark, whom he nurtured with radical tenderness and wisdom. Steven took extra delight when Mark and his loving wife Emma, had their children Ivy, Adler, and Sage. He would often light up and become instantly energized when he was with his grandchildren. And although he did not meet their new granddaughter to be, she will surely know what an incredible man her grandfather was.

Throughout his life, Steven was known for his dedication to his family and his community. He lived by the values of hard work, and generosity. There are few men who could be as vulnerable, caring, emotionally in tune, strong, supportive, and deeply dependable as he was.

Professionally, Steven enjoyed a successful career as mental health therapist, professor, and mentor to many. His diligence and skill set earned him his PhD. He approached his work with passion and commitment. He strove to be an ally to the Indigenous communities he worked with, including over two decades providing mental health services with Indigenous First Nations He was invested in the care and learning of the students he encountered while he had the role of professor at the University of Lethbridge. He continued to provide outstanding insights, and compassion to his clients in his private practice work.

In his leisure time, Steven found joy through connection. Whether spending time with his grandchildren, traveling to Kingston to see his mother, brothers & sisters, running at Elizabeth Hall Wetlands, meditating, reading, or watching a movie with his wife Jennifer and his dog Louie, Steven was present and connected. He embraced life with enthusiasm, a twinkle in his eye, an open heart, an open mind, and incredible dignity.

Steven will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Though he may no longer walk beside us, Steven will forever remain in our hearts creating an immeasurable legacy of compassion and wisdom. The world was truly a better place because of Steven Thibodeau.

A Viewing will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2213 6a Ave N, Friday, April 5, 2024 at 10:00 AM, with a Funeral Service to follow at 11:00 A.M. Doug Jensen to officiate. The Funeral Service will be live-streamed and may be viewed through Steven’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.