PAUL I OTI STEFOW

The Globe and Mail (Prairie Edition) - - BIRTH AND DEATH NOTICES -

April 29, 1 942 – Oc­to­ber 1 0, 2018 A pri­vate soul, hap­pi­est at work, with his wife or his grand­sons, Paul Ioti Stefow ex­ited this world sud­denly the morn­ing of Oc­to­ber 10, 2018 in the arms of Eve­lyn Ste­fov, his wife of 50 years. Pro­fes­sional en­gi­neer, lover of his­tory, pur­veyor of dry wit and sar­casm, con­sum­mate pro­fes­sional, Paul was a man for whom two things mat­tered most: fam­ily and work. Paul was born in Mace­do­nia, Greece to Dra­ganí and Dim­itris Ste­fou in 1942, the youngest of 4 sons fol­low­ing An­toni, Christo and Niko. His char­ac­ter was shaped by be­ing forced to leave Greece for Ro­ma­nia in 1948 as a child, dur­ing the Greek Civil War, along with his brother Niko, whom he loved dearly. Ro­ma­nia pro­vided young Paul an op­por­tu­nity to study, per­fect his beau­ti­ful pen­man­ship, and cul­ti­vate a love of lit­er­a­ture and the clas­sics – which, later in life, turned into a love for spy nov­els and the daily news. Paul re­ceived a de­gree in me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing in Brasov, Ro­ma­nia, as a top stu­dent, and then re­trained, along­side his wife, at the Uni­ver­sity of Toronto where he re­ceived a Master of En­gi­neer­ing. De­spite his early years and mi­gra­tions, Paul felt fiercely at home only in Canada. His few re­treats among fam­ily in­cluded trea­sured hol­i­days at the cot­tage in Muskoka and the condo in Hal­lan­dale, Flor­ida. Un­beat­able at backgam­mon and chess, his hob­bies also in­cluded long neigh­bour­hood walks and the peace­ful­ness and sat­is­fac­tion of rid­ing the lawn­mower at the cot­tage. His com­mu­nity of friends, for whom he felt quiet loy­alty and love, were reg­u­larly sub­ject to his straight-talk, hu­mour and face­tious­ness. Dur­ing his long and suc­cess­ful ca­reer, he rose from an en­try-level en­gi­neer to Se­nior Vice-Pres­i­dent – hold­ing roles with Cater­pil­lar, then the Ur­ban Trans­porta­tion De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion – his first foray into light rail mass tran­sit and city-build­ing. He then moved onto Spar Aero­space, Al­ca­tel and fi­nally Hatch. At Hatch, he helped build Toronto’s Shep­pard Sub­way Ex­ten­sion, then the York Uni­ver­sity Line 1 ex­ten­sion – “not bad for a poor im­mi­grant,” as he liked to say. His re­fusal to re­tire led him to a third sub­way project, barely be­gun, but a sym­bol of his love and com­mit­ment to his work. He was a self-made man who al­ways put 100 per cent into the projects to which he de­voted his life, in­clud­ing the Cana­dian con­tri­bu­tion to the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion, ro­bot­ics, and nu­mer­ous works of pub­lic tran­sit. Paul is sur­vived by his wife, Eve­lyn; his daugh­ter, Dana Ste­fov (Sébastien Mail­lette); and his two grand­sons, Alexis and Sacha Ste­fov Mail­lette who he loved deeply and who lov­ingly called him Dedo. Paul’s fu­neral will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 16th at York Ceme­tery, 160 Beecroft Road, Toronto. A view­ing will be held on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 15th from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the same ad­dress.

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