Passed away in Pointe-Claire surrounded by his family and friends on September 3, 2017. He leaves to mourn his beloved wife Ursula (née Diederich). Proud father of Ancilla, Martina, Karl and Curtis, son of Ann Augustine and the late Spiz Rompala, brother to Michael (Lisa), Jayne. He will also be missed by his niece Hannah, his nephews Kyle, Justin and Tristan, as well as many other family members and friends.
Family will receive condolences at St. David’s church (12450 Gascon, Pierrefonds (Qc) H8Z 1S2) on Friday September 8, 2017 as of 12:00 p.m. and Funeral will follow at the same place at 1:00 p.m. He will be making a stop at home before going to his final resting place at Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery. A gathering will follow the burial.
We hope you will be able to share memories about Steve in the Guest Book below.
In lieu of flowers: https://www.gofundme.com/steverompala
Funeral entrusted to Voluntas (Voluntas.ca ; (514) 695-7979).
St. David’s Church
LyndaSeptember 5, 2017 at 6:20 pm
Never without a dog-eared book, we shared a love of reading. By no means could I compete with his voracious appetite for a great author or a wonderful story. An early adopter of Stieg Larsson he introduced me to Sweedish authors. I loved to sit at practices and discuss his most recent literary discovery, our children and our lives in general. To say that he was proud of Martina, Ancilla, Karl, and Curtis would minimise the love with which he spoke of each of them, their personal achievements and their multiple stories. Our paths had taken different directions recently but he will always remain a friend and a fellow lover of the written word. Alexander Park has given me many happy memories and friendships, Steve remains one of my favorites.
Clara StehrSeptember 5, 2017 at 8:01 pm
Rompala Family I am so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time of sorrow. This neighbour will not be the same without Steve he will be missed Clara and Serge Deslauriers
Tony FurtadoSeptember 5, 2017 at 8:57 pm
Dear family and friends of Steve,
Our deepest sympathies and condolences for your loss.
Steve was the guy to have around to get things done when nobody else could.
Nobody could hold a candle to him with all his work talents together his best talent on making everyone laugh. He will be forever remembered.
Rest in peace Steve… Again, so sorry for your loss.
Tracy FriedmanSeptember 5, 2017 at 10:52 pm
I am so very sorry for your loss. Steve made the world around him a much happier place. He was always ready to lend a hand whenever needed. He sent me silly jokes that made me smile and made the office a fun place to be. He will be sadly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to you..Tracy Friedman
Nancy PurdonSeptember 5, 2017 at 11:07 pm
My sincere condolences to the whole family. I am so saddened by this news. To Steve’s children: I worked with your Dad on many occasions years ago, and we would still cross paths here and there at the office over the years. The first thing he would always bring up is you kids, how proud he was of you, about how you kept busy, about your activities, school, your achievements. A parent’s biggest accomplishment is their children, and for that, please know he was so proud of you and admired you. The love he had for you, the pride in who you have become, was very evident. May all your memories of his good humour and his ernest and positive energy give you the strength to find your way through this. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with you all.
Ed DerfelSeptember 6, 2017 at 8:04 am
My deepest condolences go out to the whole family.
I had the pleasure of meeting Steve 28 years ago at Bombardier. He was always cheerful and a pleasure to work with. Always ready to help, no matter what. It was never a dull moment with him. I lost touch with Steve for a few years only to meet up with him on a football field to watch our sons play on opposite teams.
Same old Steve… smiling, proud and cheerful.
He will be greatly missed.
Rest in peace Steve.
Emilia VillegasSeptember 6, 2017 at 8:06 am
Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow, Stephen was a wonderful colleague and an amazing man, in our conversations he always mention how important was his family to him, he was so proud of his kids. He told me ones “I have to work hard for them, they are my energy”
May God embrace you in comfort during this difficult time. Emilia Villegas
Glenn FunamotoSeptember 6, 2017 at 10:29 pm
My sympathies to the Rompala family. Steve and I have worked together for what seems like forever. I’ll miss his jokes, his constant good humour and love of life.
Susan TymchukSeptember 6, 2017 at 10:34 pm
I am shocked and sadden by the news of Steve’s passing. My deepest sympathies go out to the whole family.
SébastienSeptember 6, 2017 at 10:50 pm
All my condolences to the whole family.
Steve thought me a lot at Bombardier. Always ready to help and have fun.
Speaking faster than the speed of light (to my French native hears…) every discussion was always great.
We could always feel his happiness and love when he was talking about his family.
My thoughts are with you. Sébastien
Christiane BlaisSeptember 7, 2017 at 4:17 pm
My deepest sympathies to you Michael and your whole family. May the soul of your brother rest in peace. I want you to know that my best thoughts are with you and your family.
Saïd SadoukSeptember 7, 2017 at 6:28 pm
Dear Rompala Family & Friends,
I’m so sad and sorry about the loss.
Since I knew him (about 18 years ago), Steve never lost his smile, humor, proudness and cheerfulness.. There is absolutely no doubt about his dedication to his family and proudness about the education of his kids, their hobbies and achievements (I remember the videos he shared with me about the tractor in his backyard). I’m sure Rompala family is left with a strong and positive heritage of moral values from Steve.
My condolences, deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to the whole family… We’ll never forget you Steve.
We belong to God and to Him we shall return.
Randy & Dawn DagenaisSeptember 8, 2017 at 9:31 am
Dear Ursula, Ancilla, Martina, Karl and Curtis. Please receive our most heartfelt condolences for your loss. He was taken far too soon.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Randy, Dawn, Hannah and Sophie
André ChampagneSeptember 8, 2017 at 1:40 pm
My sincerest condolences to the whole family. I worked briefly with Steve when I worked at Bombardier, and he was such a great guy to have around with all the knowledge he held and his great cheerfulness! I am sad today, and in shock…
Richard ChongSeptember 8, 2017 at 5:59 pm
Steve was a great boss, mentor and friend. His gift to me was his saying, “It’s all about the people.” Something we can all live by. My condolences to the Rompala family.
Marion DoyleSeptember 9, 2017 at 9:24 am
My deepest condolences to the Rompala family. Steve was one of those special people who is truly passionate about life and applied his passion and energy to every aspect. Whether it was improving operations processes at Bombardier, discussing his daughter’s journey through medical school, sailing adventures, house renovations or mentoring his Bombardier team Steve’s passion and love of life was always evident. Steve’s sense of humour and laugh were contagious and I remember fondly the many coffees and lunch discussions shared.
Mick PerreauxSeptember 9, 2017 at 3:22 pm
Ursula, Ancilla, Martina, Karl and Curtis, my condolences to each of you. I am very sorry that I was unable to be there with you for the service as I was away for the week, but I’d like you to know that I did have the chance to chat with Steve a few times at the pool this summer and the one thing that was very obvious was how very proud he was of his family and how happy he was to share that. My thoughts and prayers are with you and bless you all.
Karen ParodySeptember 12, 2017 at 11:55 am
Ursula and family, I was so sad to hear the news. My condolences and sending healing thoughts to you and your family. Robert and I remember the numerous chats we use to have with Steve in the halls of Von Humboldt while our kids where in Saturday school. I would always speak with him when he would come into the bank and he was so proud of his family. Steve always said kinds words about each and everyone of you. Thinking of you. Karen Parody
Erika JohnsonSeptember 12, 2017 at 1:06 pm
I had wanted to leave a comment here last week, but have struggled to find words to offer… The service provided a lovely remembrance, and I truly admired the grace and courage of your whole family as you received us. Steve had an impact on so many people here at work over the years, and I will remember him as someone who was helpful, fun, and had a larger-than-life personality. My hope is that you are able to draw strength from within, and from those around you, as you journey through these incredibly difficult times.
Karen RhodesSeptember 23, 2017 at 8:42 pm
My sincere condolences go out to Ursula, and the whole family at this very difficult time.
My earliest memories of Steve are in our youth while ride-sharing to get to Cegep.
I remember us all sharing laughs, discussing our classes, and somehow coping with the cold weather. Later on, I’d sometimes see Steve at Pointe Claire Yacht Club. He always had a smile,
and a cheery update.
Smooth sailing, Steve.