Stephen Francis Sheridan

November 19, 1947 – May 1, 2023

Stephen was the devoted husband of 42 years to Ellie; loving father to Rebecca (Jason) and Joanna (Mark) and grandfather to Maeve and her cousin on the way; and fondly remembered by siblings Jeremy (Anna) and Josephine (Malcolm) in Brisbane, brothers-in-law Martin (Diana) and Donald in the US, friends and former colleagues.

Stephen came to Toronto from Australia in the 1970s and provided decades of dedicated service as a veterinarian at the Toronto Humane Society. He was known for treating everyone he met with respect, kindness, and dignity. The clinical staff who treated him in his final four months all said the same things: “such a nice man,” “our favourite doctor.” Those who knew him well will remember his ability to insightfully cut through noise to solve difficult problems. He was deeply grounded and knew who he was.

In recent years he developed a passion for growing heirloom tomatoes from seed and became involved in neighbourhood advocacy.

A funeral mass will take place at St. Peter’s Parish, Toronto, on Friday, May 5, 2023, at 10 a.m. Online condolences may be left at In lieu of flowers, a donation in his memory can be made to Covenant House or a charity of your choice.



May 05, 2023
St. Peter's Church
10:00 AM



May 24, 2023
Judy Sheppard
Dear Ellie, Lenny and I were very sad to read of Steve's passing. I remember Steve as quiet and thoughtful and caring, a gentle and insightful man. I always enjoyed talking to him when we would see each other in the neighbourhood. Lenny, Sarah, Joe and I send you, Rebecca and Joanna our condolences. May his memory be a blessing. Judy