September 5, 1964 – March 6, 2019
We are heartbroken to announce the sudden passing of Steven Dennis Pilling at age 54, while in Brentwood, California on a business trip. Steve will be greatly missed by his loving wife and best friend of 36 years, Shelley, and their children Morgan, Drew and Becca Pilling. He is survived by his dear parents, Dennis and Patti Pilling, and brother Mike (Jasmine), as well as his mother-in-law Lorna MacLaren, sisters-in-law Kerry (Sandy), Tracy, and brother-in-law Scott MacLaren. His extended family includes nephews and nieces, Ryan, Leah, Reese and Diem Laderoute, Kate MacLaren, Julia Pilling, Kira (Ingemar and Eilif), Logan and Kaz Kotilla, as well as Auntie Jody Pilling, Uncle Wim Romeyn, Uncle Bill Kennedy and cousins, Anna, Jackie and Sacha Romeyn. He was predeceased by his father-in-law, Norm MacLaren and his Auntie Adella Kennedy. Steve will be missed by lifelong family friends and everyone who knew him.
To have known Steve was to have loved him and count him as a dear friend. He was a dedicated, generous, and hardworking individual who would always put those he cared for before himself.
He had a passion for simply being with his family, as well as fishing, hockey, kayaking, cycling, travelling, watching sunsets on the ocean, perfecting his morning coffee routine, and playing his guitar on the back deck or in his campsite at Whidbey Island.
Born and raised in Chilliwack, Steve was actively involved in the hockey community; being a player through his childhood, to coaching Drew and many others, refereeing and continuing to play the sport his entire life – relationships made through this community were close to his heart.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the “Steve Pilling – For the Love of Hockey Memorial Award” care of Chilliwack School District 33, or contact the School Board Office @ 604-792-1321.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Fraser River Lodge in Agassiz on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 2 pm.
Steve’s family would like to thank everyone for all of their love and support during this very difficult time.