Stephen F. Kun, BSF’55, MF’58

Stephen Kun

March 15, 1931 – February 27, 2019

Steve is remembered as an active, energetic man who got things done. His satisfaction came from planning, working on, and completing his tasks. His accomplishments were immense. Steve was born in Drumheller, Alberta, and attended school there. He enrolled in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC in 1950, graduating with a master’s degree in 1958. He began his 30‑year career with Parks Canada as an assistant warden in Banff National Park in the summer of 1951. With time taken for education, he moved through the ranks, serving as Western regional forester in Jasper, assistant to the Western regional director in Calgary and Banff, superintendent of Prince Albert National Park, chief of national parks in Ottawa for policy and planning, and superintendent of Banff National Park. He moved back to Ottawa to work on developing new national parks, and finally to Calgary as director general of the Western region. During his career, he visited every national park and historic site in Canada and travelled internationally, representing Canada in conservation work. He loved travelling by horseback through the Rocky Mountains, and came to know well the backcountry and the wardens who worked there.

After his retirement in 1988, Steve embarked on a new career ranching in the foothills of Alberta and raising pedigreed Canadian pinto horses. He and his wife Gail built a beautiful place that was enjoyed by his family and friends for 30 years. In 2017, Steve and Gail moved to Cochrane to live in a retirement community. There, they made many new friends. In 2019, they moved to Wakefield, Quebec, to be closer to their family and to live in the province they had so much enjoyed exploring by canoe and on skis. Steve is survived by his wife of 62 years, Gail (née Jeffery), his son Randall (Jerene Sutherland), daughter Jennifer (John Robson), two granddaughters, two great‑grandchildren, and his sister, Irene Forgo of Drumheller, Alberta. At Steve’s request, there will not be a funeral. His immediate family held a private memorial. Many thanks to the doctors and staff of the Wakefield Hospital. Gail’s contact address is: 2‑106, Chemin des Collines, Wakefield QC, J0X 3G0.

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