James Conway Steele

July 31, 1980 to February 12, 2021


Age 40 years of St. John’s, NL passed peacefully away with his fiancé, Melanie by his side at the Pallative Care Unit on February 12, 2021 after a very courageous battle with cancer.

Predeceased by his grandparents Clarence & Edna Steele and Warren & Shirley Hunt, his uncles Larry Steele & Dale Hunt and cousin Matthew Legge.

Leaving to mourn with precious memories, his fiancé, Melanie, his 3 beautiful children, Mikayla, Kody (Their mom Ashley Power) and Logan. His parents Raymond (Judy) Steele and Selena (Kevin Kerwin) Hunt. His brother, Jeremiah (Sara) of Lewisporte, sister, Marigold of Calgary, AB and stepbrother, Justin (Ashley) Crocker. His nieces & nephews whom he adored, Ryley, Ainsley, Havy Jo, Max, Silas, Mia, Kiera, Brielle and Emerson. Melanie’s parents, Ann Marie & David Ward, Her siblings, Blair, Michael (Sarah) and Karen (Jordan). As well as a large circle of family and friends.


God’s Garden

God looked around the garden,

And found an empty space.

He looked down upon the earth,

And saw your tired face.

He put His arms around you

And lifted you to rest.

God’s garden must be beautiful.

For He only takes the best.

He knew that you were in pain.

He knew that you would never

be well on earth again.

He saw the roads were getting rough,

and the hills were hard to climb.

So He closed your weary eyelids,

and whispered peace be thine.




James was my Ironman. I Love You 3000.



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Ray, Judy and Family,
We are sorry to hear of the passing of your son. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God’s love bring you comfort.
Wally & Roxanne Penney

Ray and Judy, we extend our heartfelt sympathy to you and to all of your family. Praying for God’s peace and comfort to surround you during this most difficult time.

Boyd and Ethel Richards

Ray we are so sad to hear of James passing .There are no words to describe the lost of your son .I remember how Marigold and Allison loved him and his children as well as you and his mom Selena .God only loans us our children and when they are hurting he takes them home.You will meet again I am sure and that he could not have had a better dad than you.Remember all those happy family days you had ..And find comfort in your heart he is at rest
Our hearts are with you and the family if we can help in any way please call .

We are so sorry to hear this sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during the difficult days ahead. Your cherished memories and your family and friends will help you through this. Take care and stay strong.

Ray and Family,
So sorry to hear of your sons passing.. Reflect on your cherished memories of James and may they bring some comfort to you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Ray, Judy and Family;
To say that we feel your grief, would not be totally true. to be able to empathize with you, entirely true. the loss of a love one is only felt the way that you experience it, when it happens to you. The loss is extremely difficult; the outcome is the source of reassurance. I know that James was a peace with God. conversations with you have told of the intimate communion between Father (Ray), Son(james) and with God. during the last weeks and days. God’s comfort and strength be yours’s during this continuing traumatic time.

Ray and family
So sorry to hear about you sons passing. You have always been there to support me and my family along with countless others in their grief. Even though we cannot be there physically our thoughts are with you and if there is anything we can do for you or your family please call us 685 4385.

Cindy Osmond

Ray and Judy and family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time, on the passing of your son James We pray that the peace of God will cover you today and in the days to come.

Still in disbelief.

Having worked with James for a number of years, I can say he was a good worker and a great leader. He taught me a lot of the business, and encouraged me in so many ways to make me feel valued and appreciated. Good days and bad days, I remember them all fondly.

Melanie, thank you and James so much for inviting me into your home; sharing lots of laughs, drinks and good food around the fire. I will keep those memories forever in my heart. My heart goes out to you, your family, and your kids that James always talked about and was so proud of.

Rest In Peace brother!

Ray and Judy, our sincere condolences to you and to all the family. We are praying for you as you go through this difficult time. May your cherished memories bring you comfort in the days ahead.

I’m so sorry for your lost. He was a great man, I’m glad I knew him. I send condolences to Mikayla, Kody and Logan, I’m here for you if you three need anything. Sending prayers and love to your family.

Ray, Judy and the Steele family. We’re saddened to hear of James’s passing.. Please accept our condolences, prayers, thoughts and love as you journey through this time of loss. May the Lord strengthen, comfort and be ever so near you each one today and always.

Ray and the Steele Family
We are saddened with the passing of James , especially at such a young age. Many aspects of life remain a mystery and you have to leave this one with your heavenly Father. While loosing a young son is most difficult , you have a whole bunch of many pleasant memories of him and his family. These will help carry you all forward. Please accept our sincere condolences. And as we prayed many times for James and your family, we will continue to do so. May you all be comforted to know that your many friends are there for you. God Bless you all
Ray and Joyce ANDREWS

Sending love and hugs to Mikayla, so sorry for your loss. He will always be in your heart and you have many great memories to hold onto.

to Ray and family,
with sincere sympathy 23 psalm..
in this time of sadness the lord, who knows your every need, will be your comfort and those who love and care for you will be holding you in prayer. may your heart be comforted

Ray, Judy and extended family. Ray we are so sorry to hear of your son’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.. May you feel a real sense of God’s presence with you and may His grace, love and peace fill you with the strength you need to move through these difficult days. Your son is no longer suffering and we have that blessed hope of meeting again when God calls us all home.
God Bless.

Ray and Judy,
So sorry to hear of your sons passing, praying the peace of God will surround you today and in the days ahead. Sending you our love and prayers.

Ray and family : We express our deepest sympathies to you in your loss of your son.
We are remembering you in prayer and trusting that you will sense the comfort and strength of the Lord.

So very sorry to hear this sad news. Melanie thinking of you and your beautiful family during this very sad time ❤️

Marigold, So Sorry to hear this sad new. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Hold on to all the great memories of your brother.

Wendy King and Bruce Gorman

Thinking of the Steele family during this difficult time.
Thoughts & prayers are with you all. ❤️

So sorry for your loss Ray. Thoughts and prayers

Ray, Judy, Selena, Melanie and extended Steele and Hunt families
Sorry to hear of the passing of James.
Thinking of you at this very difficult time
If there is anything we can do you know my number
Deepest sympathy
Addison & Irene

Ray and families, sadden to hear of your son passing. In our thoughts a d prayers.

To Phyllis, Larry, Ray and the Steele family,

We are so sorry to hear of James’ passing. We pray that God will give you strength and courage in the days ahead. As Deuteronomy 31:6 says, Be strong and courageous, do not fear nor be afraid; for the Lord your God, goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Daisy and Ben and family, St. John’s
Evelyn Rideout, Lewisporte

The Steele Family,
So sorry for the lost of your loved one. Be assured of our thoughts and prayers as you go through this very difficult time.
Roy & Helen Miller

The Steele family, I’m so sorry to hear about James. You are all in our prayers and forever in our hearts

So very sorry, Melanie to hear. Thinking of you all so much these past few weeks. Our condolences to your family, take care. ❤️

Always came to work with a smile, and quick with a joke. A very good man. Thoughts are with you and yours during this time.

So sorry to hear this news. James always greeted our family with a wave and a smile. He always put his kids first, making them such a huge part of his life.
God bless you and all your family. Rest in Peace.

The Culletons from Moss Heather

To Ray and Family, I’m so sad to hear of James passing. May God give you and your family strength to get through the coming days. My love and prayers are with you all during this sad time.

Doreen & Raymond Sacrey
Coldbrook, NS

Ray Judy & family,so sorry for your loss.Sending hugs & prayers. Dion & Mondella Blake????

To Ray and judy and the steele family so sorry. for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with your family Joyce Charles turner

Ray & Family
Thinking of you guys today, there are no words to express, how sad it is to hear of James’ passing, we have many fond memories of James from the days we lived in Birchy Bay, and in your neighborhood and our kids hanging out together, outings on the 4-wheeler. Please be assured of our prayers. May God give you His strength and peace in this difficult time.
Love & prayer
Your friends
Duke & Mabel Quinlan

Ray Judy and your extended family.
So sorry to hear about James passing. We have been praying for you and your family for a long time and we will be praying for you in the days and months ahead. James is now free from all his pain and gone home to be with Jesus. You will see him again for joy comes in the morning. Hold unto your memories that is what will get you through this very difficult time that you are all facing. God Bless each of you hugs and prayers.

Madelin Tulk

Melanie,Mikayla, Kody and Logan
Selena, Jeremiah and Marigold
Raymond and Judy Steele and families

Our hearts are broken with yours today as we heard of James’s passing
At this difficult time we feel and share in your grief and pain
As family we are sending our love and prayers your way
We are so sorry we can’t be there with you all in person
Our hope and peace is in the knowledge that God
Is with you all
May His love, comfort and strength be yours today and in the days to follow
Ye are in Gods care
Love and prayers

Rona and Stephen Wilcox
Pamela, Tyler and Ashley Hunt
Jason, Brendan and Madison Hunt

Ray and family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. Thinking of you all at this sad time . Love from your childhood friend Jackie Quinlan.

Melanie, your family and James’ family, Paddy and I and all our family offer our sincere condolences on the loss of such a young partner and father.. Although we did not know James, we realize he was a very special person. The Ward family have shown our family much kindness over the years. We really appreciated Logan’s friendship with our grandson. Daniel. We are all thinking of you and hoping wonderful memories will get you through these difficult times. Paddy. Mary and family.

Melanie so sorry to hear about James. He was a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family..

Ray & family sort to hear of your sons passing,Although I never meet your son you always spoke fondly of him.May he Rest In Peace in gods hands where his pain is gone forever.

Barry Cutler
Straight Edge Barbers

Melanie and family
So sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences to you and all the family. Thinking of you during this sad time.

Melanie and family so sorry to hear about the passing of James .Hold your memories close to your heart God bless you all at this time .

Kody and Mikayla
Art and I are so sorry to hear of your Dads passing.
You are both in our prayers. Take care

To Ray and Judy and Steele family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May God give you the strength to carry on.
Reg and Beth Walters

To the Steele family sorry to hear of the passing of James, just think about the good and happy times you had with him. Praying for the family.

Ray and Family. So sorry to hear of James passing. We have very special memories of James growing up on the cove road. Thinking of you all and sending lots of love your way.

Jimmy and I have prayed nightly for James and had hoped he would be healed, it breaks our hearts because we know how you feel and I mean that. Time does ease the pain a little but it’s always there so we pray now for God to comfort you Ray and Judy and of course his children and Melanie and all the family.

Melanie and family,
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you,

Melanie & family,, sorry to hear of the passing of James,,… Thinking of you all…

So sad to hear of James passing. Thinking of you and your family hugs to all of you and trust you will find strength in each other. God bless and take care.

Melanie and family so sorry to hear of James passing.. Our thoughts and prayers are with and your family ay this difficult time.

Deepest condolences to the Family! Worked with James at Walmart, couldn’t find a nicer person!

Melanie and family, so sorry to hear of the passing of your life partner! My thoughts and prayers are with you all ,take care!

Sad news to hear about James, he was my basketball Coach in JR high and I also knew him outside of that. He was a great guy. Rip my friend

Melanie and family. So sorry to hear of James passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. ????????????

Sorry to hear of your loss. Praying for your family.

Thinking of you all and praying for peace and healing in the coming weeks. Jared and I will always remember the fun we had growing up with James in Birchy Bay. Hopefully your beautiful memories will also give you comfort in the days ahead. Xo.

So sorry to hear about James. Thinking of you all and sending lots of love your way.

Mikayla and family. We are so saddened by your loss. Your dad was your biggest fan. I think I remember seeing him at practically every one of your basketball games. He always had a huge smile and kind words win or lose. You were so fortunate to have such an engaged father. It’s clear to me that his guidance has served you well now and will into the future. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family at this time.

Melanie, so very sorry to hear the news of James’ passing. May his spirit live on forever in all of your wonderful memories.

Deepest condolences to Ray Judy and families. I cannot imagine the loss that you are feeling right now, please know our thoughts are with you all.

To Ray and Family and Selena and family.
So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all at this sad time.
Gail Quinlan
Birchy Bay

To The Steele Family and to all of James Family and Friends: With deepest sympathy from The Paynter’s. ( John, Alex, Kevin and Elsie and Families.)

My heart is broken , loved him like a brother . My thoughts and prayers are with the Steele and Ward families during this heartbreaking time. James was a great friend and I’ll cherish the memories we have. Until we meet again brother

Melanie and family
Sorry to hear about James. Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

To James’s family and friends. I am so sorry to hear of a young life gone way to soon. Hold your precious memories close to your heart. God Bless

Melanie and family
So sorry for your loss, sending you my deepest condolences and hugs. God bless you all