The father of former Minnesota Duluth captain Matt McKnight of Halkirk, Alberta, died last Friday in a farming accident in Halkirk. Steve McKnight was 59.
Matt McKnight, 28, is the leading scorer for the Lausitzer Foxes in Weilswasser, Germany. He played for UMD from 2004-2008.
The obituary notice for Steve McKnight:
Stephen “Steve” Brian McKnight
Born: Sunday, April 5, 1953
Died: Friday, Nov. 16, 2012
2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012
Location: Our Funeral Home
Steve McKnight passed away on November 16, 2012 at the farm he loved near Halkirk. He was born on April 5, 1953 in Castor, Alberta on an unusually snowy spring day to Bob and Shirley McKnight.
He was a gifted athlete and coach in many sports but hockey was number one surpassed only by his love for his family. He married his soul mate and best friend Patti Harrison, of Stettler, AB on May 8, 1982. The apple of his eye arrived eleven months later when his daughter Kerbi was born. Matt, the apple of Patti’s eye came 14 months later.
Steve received his elementary and junior high schooling in Halkirk and attended high school in Stettler. He continued on to the University of Alberta where he obtained his teaching credentials and played hockey with the Golden Bears.
Steve’s teaching career spanned 17 years in Gadsby but he was the ultimate sports guru in the Stettler, Halkirk, Gadsby, Botha and Castor areas.
Everyone was drawn to Steve’s infectious laugh and beautiful grin. His compassion for all shone through in such a selfless manner and he was wealthy by virtue of his countless friends and family.
Steve is survived by his wife Patti, daughter Kerbi McKnight of Lethbridge, son Matt and Jessica McKnight of Germany, and his mother Shirley McKnight. He is also missed by his sisters and brothers-in-law Bill and Dianna, Leslie and Don, Lyle and Lora Lea, Anne and Brian as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and many friends. A full circle – Steve came back to the farm he loved.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Heartland Chapel of Stettler Funeral Home. Memorial donations to a Children’s Sports organization, yet to be determined, make checks payable to Stettler Funeral Home, Box 1780, Stettler, Alberta. T0C 2L0.
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