In Celebration of

Steve “Štef” Smintich

April 8, 1937 -  August 18, 2023

Steve Smintich (Jazbina Cvetlinska kod Trakošćan, Croatia) passed away peacefully at Humber River Health in Toronto. He was 86 years of age. Beloved husband of almost 50 years to Darinka (nee Herceg). Devoted father of Krešimir, Jakop (Elva), and Steve (Jamie). He was predeceased by his daughter Magdalena. Adored djed to Nicholas, Sofia, Jakob, Angelina, Lukas, Xavier, and Samuel. He was a dedicated member of the Toronto Croatian community and a regular parishioner at Our Lady Queen of Croatia Roman Catholic Church.

Cherished older brother of Ljubica, Katica (†), and Anica. He was uncle to numerous loved nephews and nieces in Canada, Croatia and further abroad.

Family was at the forefront of Steve’s values and he worked tirelessly to keep the connections between his immediate and extended family. He would make a point to visit all his relations and would always be in a position to listen, encourage and advise. When family chose to follow his path, pursuing a life in Canada, he would sponsor and support.

Steve immigrated to Canada from Croatia in 1957 in order to pursue opportunities for prosperity, freedom and democracy. He never forgot his homeland and worked tirelessly within the community to support human rights, individual freedoms and self-determination for his homeland Croatia.

Steve worked many jobs in his life (drafting, auto body repair, home improvement, education savings, and insurance) and never lost sight of the “do it yourself” attitude he inherited from his upbringing.

Among his many interests, coaching youth sports; travel; folklore; and a love of the outdoors were prominent.

Steve was very active in the Croatian Fraternal Union. As lodge 515 president he grew the membership and attended various cultural functions with a noted love of tambura music. He promoted fraternalism and Croatian culture wherever he went.

Friends may call at the Turner & Porter "Yorke" Chapel (2357 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON, M6S 1P4) on Sunday, August 27th from 4-8 pm - Rosary prayers at the conclusion. Funeral Mass will be Monday, August 28th at 10 am at Our Lady Queen of Croatia RC Parish (7 Croatia St, Toronto, ON M6H 1K8). Interment to follow at Assumption Catholic Cemetery (6933 Tomken Rd, Mississauga, ON L5T 1N4).
Karmine reception at Croatian Martyrs Church Hall, to follow interment.

For those who wish to donate instead of purchasing flowers, you may make a contribution to the Magdalena Mary Scholarship fund. Checks may be written to CFU Lodge 515.


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Sandy Skarjak Kockovski (Acquaintances.)

Entered August 21, 2023 from Mississauga

Postovana obitelj Smintich,

Primite iskrenu sucut prigodom vaseg velikog gubitka pokojnog Steva. Rijeci utjeha su mnogo brojni, vasa vjera u Boga ce vam pruziti snagu, mir I slogu. Hvala Stevi za svu dobrocinstvo Hrvatskom narodu I na puteve koje je pokazao mnogo brojnim ljudima.. Pocivao u miru Bozjemu.
Nasa mama koja trenutno se nalazi u domovini, takoder izrucuje iskrenu sucut cijeloj obtitej.

Ana Vukojevic 

Entered August 21, 2023

Dear Darinka and family, on behalf of my parents and family, please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your dear husband and father, and our former neighbour. May he rest in peace

Smintich Family 

Entered August 21, 2023

So Sorry to hear about your Stef’s passing. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Linda Wolfe


Entered August 22, 2023 from Belgique

Je pense bien à vous. Je prie pour mon cousin, votre papa, grand père et mari 🙏


Entered August 22, 2023

Sincères condoléances a ma Chère cousine Darinka ainsi qu'a toute la famille,que Steve repose en paix.Amen

Life Stories 

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Stef Smintich 

Entered August 29, 2023

Please see Obituary


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