Stephen Daniel Harfield

December 5, 1981 - September 29, 2023
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Stephen Daniel Harfield, a loving husband, son, brother, and friend, passed away unexpectedly on September 29, 2023 at 41 years of age from natural causes.

Stephen was born on December 5, 1981 in Calgary, Alberta to parents Don and Donna Harfield. He graduated from high school in 2000 and went on to attend University in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in English Literature, and then obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Alberta in 2010.

Stephen practiced family law in Edmonton and Sherwood Park, Alberta. He was known for his brilliant intellect, amazing wit, his off the wall humour, and for being an incessant jokester. He was also a talented jazz pianist and an award-winning poet. He was compassionate, deeply sentimental, hospitable, and generous. He loved their pet cats Pip and Puck.

Stephen is survived by his loving wife, Kristin Jennifer Radtke, her parents Ragnar and Edeltraud Radtke, his parents, Don and Donna Harfield, siblings Timothy Dean Harfield (Elisa), sister Karen Rae Harfield (Owen Dawkins), Jared Don Harfield (Gail), niece and nephews.

Stephen lived for his family. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) or your charity of choice.

  1. I’m so very sorry for your loss. Stephen was a colleague and always generous with his time and knowledge. He will be sorely missed in our LawyerChat group, and among all his colleagues. I’m so sad he has gone so young. My deepest condolences.

  2. Kristin and family, you have our sincerest condolences. Stephen was a great person, and an excellent mentor to me. I will miss his sense of humour, helpful advice, and conversations about his varied interests at the office. We are grateful to have known him.

  3. I met Stephen when I started working as a paralegal at Queck Law in March of this year. I knew he was a jokester when the day I was introduced to him, he pressed the button on his ‘flatulence’ noise maker. I automatically felt at ease after a good chuckle. He was the first person in the firm to offer his assistance with anything technological and kept us all updated with the latest trends in the legal profession. He never mentioned to me his talent as a jazz pianist as I too play keys-he was humble that way. I’ll miss our chats and his leadership. Stephen is and will be missed greatly. Thoughts and prayers to his wife and entire family❤️🙏

  4. We are so sorry to hear this sad news. May God comfort you🙏🏻

  5. Stephen and I knew each other since law school. He was easily one of the most original people I have ever met. He will be missed in many ways; including for his mind, his humour and his willingness to always be there for a friend. My family’s heart goes out to you. Rest in peace my friend.

  6. I’m so stunned to hear this and so very sorry for your profound loss. Stephen’s wit always made me smile. He will be missed, both personally and professionally.

  7. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Stephen, sending love and prayers to his family

  8. Stephen and I crossed paths in law school and I had the pleasure of his company a few times after that. The world needs more people like Stephen: smart, curious and funny. I am sad to learn of his passing, My condolences to those he leaves behind.

  9. I am heartsick to learn this. Stephen had wit, a unique way of looking at the world, and so much kindness. The world is a worse place without him in it.

  10. I’m so sorry for your loss and hearing of his passing left me shocked and feeling from the news. I didn’t know Stephen for very long, but he certainly made an impression as we worked and volunteered alongside each other. May he rest peacefully.

  11. Dearest Timothy, Harfield family, Kristin and all those who are grieving the loss of Stephen. We are very mindful and want express our deepest sympathies to you all.

    I had the privilege of knowing Stephen through Timothy when we were all in university, and we were able to share life together through the years. We would tell jokes and I would describe Stephen’s sense of humor as the driest of Vermouth. You either enjoy it, or you don’t.

    After his call to the Bar, Stephen moved to Medicine Hat for a while. We would go out to karaoke at Mauro’s and were really terrible at it, but laughed it off as a good time to spend as friends. We would have dinners at my home and talk about life and where we were headed along our journey.

    Stephen was kind. He was thoughtful. I remember him giving me my first business card holder with him saying “You’re gonna need one of the bad boys now. You’re a professional”. I still have this card holder from about 11 years ago.

    I hope that you are all able to find comfort and healing in due time, and remember the impact Stephen made.


  12. Stephen and I stayed in touch since law school. We met through the law school / law show band in 2008. He was law show band keyboardist. His knowledge of ethics, philosophy, and morality were extraordinary. We frequently texted in the years following law school, and he would offer some of the most insightful comments on legal issues or topics in the news. His takes on virtually and issue were witty and showed exceedingly capable clarity of thought. What a great guy.

  13. Stephen was a wonderful grandson and is much missed
    Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

  14. I was shocked and saddened to learn of Stephen’s passing. My heartfelt condolences to family during this sad time. My God comfort you.

  15. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. We were saddened and shocked to hear about Stephen’s passing. Kristin, along with our parents, we wish you comfort, healing, and peace during this sad time. May you keep the best memories of your time together.

  16. I was a client of Stephen.
    Great man,Great intuition,to the point,Calm and collected,Great tactics .
    I didn’t know him personalty as a friend, but did get to know him for the past nearly four years as a client.
    I am so very sad to see you go at such a young age Stephen !!!
    Rest in peace Stephen !!
    All my condolence to his family an friends…

  17. Toutes mes plus sincères condoléances Kristin pour la perte de ton mari, meilleur ami et confident. Mes meilleures pensées sont avec toi et tes proches 🌼🌼🌼

  18. Our sincere condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  19. Kristin and family I am so very sorry to hear about Stephen’s passing. He was a kind and gentle man with a great sense of humour. My thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with you.

  20. We’re going to miss you my dear friend. We’re grateful we got to know you before your passing. You were thoughtful, selfless, honest and above all hilarious. You helped our family through some difficult years. You were not just our lawyer but a dear friend. Sincere condolences to Kristin and Stephen’s family and friends.

    Love the Banovic Family

  21. My deepest condolences to Stephen’s wife and family. He was an excellent lawyer for many reasons. He was incredibly intelligent, witty and a man of great integrity and honour. I had the highest respect for him as a friend and human being. He will certainly be missed and the world is worse off without him.

    • Stephen was a student in a Canadian Literature course I taught at the University of Winnipeg in around 2003. I am shocked and saddened at this news. He was a bright, funny, engaging man who was a pleasure to have in the classroom. My sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

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