Steven Varnai

Funeral Service: Wednesday, January 04, 2023 at 1:30 PM
Chapel Service
Shiva: Wednesday, January 04, 2023 to
Monday, January 09, 2023

Shiva at his home
Shiva Details:
Shiva hours: Wednesday following burial, continuing Thursday to Monday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. daily.
Cemetery: Kehal Israel Memorial Park Cemetery
If you are unable to attend the funeral service in person, you may join it virtually on Wednesday, January 4 at 1:30 p.m.:

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Rhonda Fogel and Gerry Rotstein - 17 days ago

Dear Judy William and Varnai family, Our most heartfelt condolences go out to you and your entire family. May your fondest memories of him sustain you at this most difficult time. Love Rhonda Fogel

Valerey Chirke - 20 days ago

Dearly beloved family & friends of Steve Varnai , we extend our deepest sympathy in the loss of such a fine, humble, honest, and dedicated man. He built the corner stone of the West Island with Yagel bagel. I was privilege to become one of his long term employees and enjoyed the positive energy he instilled within the bakery. While working during the high holidays , Steve was always present to ensure everything was running smooth and greet his customers with gratitude and compassion. His genuine smile and charismatic demeanour encouraged his employees to provide the best service possible. It was easy to work overtime with Steve steering the ship.! We had a great team and developed friendships over the years working at the bakery together.. Thank you for all the interesting conversation in Hungarian with my husband Peter, he thought you were a real gentleman, one of a kind.! Joanne , Jessie, Judy and family members please keep your fondest memories of Steve at heart , may you find strength & courage to carry on in admiration of such a wonderful person ! Sincerely, Valerey & Peter Chirke.

Betti and Mitchell carpman - 20 days ago

It was with great sadness that we heard of Steve’s passing. He was such a fine gentleman. A true mensch. Whenever we’d go in yagel he would greet me (us) with a smile, a hug and a cookie for my kids. He always asked about my family and was genuinely interested in hearing what I had to say. May your memories be of comfort to all of you.

Stephen Myerson - 21 days ago

My sincere condolences to Steve’s family. Like most people here my family and I were regulars at his store for almost 40 years. Steve and Yagel Bagel were institutions in Dollard. He was always friendly and would stop and chat for a few minutes in the store or whenever we ran into each other out on the streets in DDO. May the family know no more sorrow.

Jewish National Fund - 21 days ago

To the family of the Late Steve Varnai On behalf of the Professionals, Board of Directors & Honorary Council & Staff of the Jewish National Fund Quebec Region, please accept our sincere condolences. May all your precious memories give you comfort and may you be spared any further sorrow.

Joan Reti - 21 days ago

To Steve's family, I went to high school with steve and when I moved to ddo and walked into yagel bagel he instantly remembered me and we started talking. Well from then on everytime I went into the bakery, there he was with his big smile and always took time to say hello. He was really such a warm and kind man. Sending you all my deepest condolences and may all your wonderful memories sustain you at this most difficult time.

Lily and Stephen Smith - 22 days ago

Our deepest sympathies to the family and friends. We are very sad to hear of Steve’s passing. We lived in Dollard for many years and enjoyed going to Yagel Bagel. We would frequently see him there. He was always friendly, with a beautiful smile would come to say hello. We would also see him at times at the Montreal Casino with his mom. He was a very special person and we have very fond memories of him and the tasty goodies that he was a part of creating.

Sherry and Jeff Myers - 22 days ago

Dear Joanne and Jessica and family, We are sending you our deepest condolences on the passing of Steve We will hope that all the wonderful memories will help you through these sad times. May his memory be a blessing Fondly Jeff and Sherry Myers

Vierka Karlin-Fink - 22 days ago

Dear Judy, William and Varnai family, I wanted to extend my deepest condolences on the loss of your brother, brother-in-law, husband and father. It has been many years since I saw Steven but just looking at his pictures brings back memories. May the times you all shared together bring you comfort. Baruch Dayan Haemet.

Doris Alter - 22 days ago

Dear Joanne, Jessica, Judy, and Family, Sending you my sincere condolences on the passing of Steve. Our family loved spending time with all of you. We have fond memories. May a lifetime of memories keep you strong. Steven loved his family.

Susan Lemco-Marcovitch and Peter Marcovitch - 22 days ago

We were sooo sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. As regular clients of Yagel Bagel, Steve was always friendly, welcoming and engaging. Yagel Bagel was a major part of the West Island community, with Steve at the helm. We send to his family our most sincere condolences.

Terry Linetsky - 22 days ago

Dear Family, If you lived in DDO and didn’t frequent Yagel Bagel, you surely missed out on the best bakery. Rarely was there a time you didn’t see Steve. Most often you were greeted with his beautiful smile and twinkling eyes. He always made you feel special. Even after moving into the city, I frequented the bakery on a regular basis. If only the world were made of menschen like Steve.

Frances Winterstein - 23 days ago

How very sad it is that Steve is no longer with us! He was a mainstay of DDO. Steve’s smiling face, gentle demeanor and genuine interest in the well being of his customers were always so evident. He and I spent many hours just “talking” over the years that Steve owned the now famous Yagel Bagel. We followed the growth of his beloved daughter and my sons with a keen interest. The Yagel Bagel extended family has lost a very dear friend. My sincere condolences to the entire family.

Jacob & Lorie Cohen - 23 days ago

Dear Joanne, Judy, William and family, our deepest condolences to you. Our hearts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.

Elli and Irwin Horner - 23 days ago

Dear Family, After reading all the outpouring of affection for Steve, one thing is very clear. He was a well loved, kind, generous and respected member of the DDO community. It is with heavy hearts that we send our sympathies to you. Walking in to the bakery for over 40 years, we were always greeted by Steve’s megawatt smile. He always took the time to chat even when it was so busy in the store. He was the true meaning of a mensch and please know that his extended West Island family is grieving with you. We hope that your memories of happier times with Steve will help to see you through the difficult days ahead. Sincerely Elli and Irwin Horner

Rhea Tock - 23 days ago

BDE. 💔💔

Carole Canzer - 23 days ago

I am so sorry to hear about Steve’s passing. Being a regular customer over the years at Yagel Bagel, I would see him regularly in the store, and he always had a smile and time for a short conversation about our families and other things. Please accept my deepest condolences.

Helen & Marty Northrup - 23 days ago

My deepest condolences Judy. We have known each other for so long. Steven was the “little brother” I remember when we got together at your parents house. And I have seen him over the years I’m the bakery. Always a smile and a kind word. May he rest in peace.

helene fishman - 23 days ago

Sending my deepest condolences to the family. Steve always had a smile on his face when you walked into his bakery. May your fond memories of Steve bring you some comfort during this difficult time. Helene

Iris & Eric Rappaport - 23 days ago

Dear Jess, Words are not adequate to express the sorrow we feel for you and your family during this difficult time. Over the years we have spoken about your wonderful relationship with your mom and dad. We are here for you. Although we are not in Montreal at the moment, we are wrapping our arms around you and offering comfort in your sadness.

Suzie & Howard Schwartz - 23 days ago

Dear Joanne & Jessica, Our heartfelt condolences to you on the loss of Steve. We are so sorry to hear such sad news. Whether it was in Yagel Bagel or on Tobago, Steve always took time to chat with us and ask how everyone was. Always with a smile… Our fondest memory of Steve is when he would pull out of the driveway, top down listening to his Oldies music. He was so happy! A true gentleman who will be missed by so many! Please know that we are thinking of you and wishing you better times ahead. Fondly, Suzie & Howard

Naomi Blacker - 23 days ago

My condolences to the family. Steve was a mensch in every way. He always had a smile on his face. He would always make you feel like family whenever you came into the bakery. To me he was as big a cheerleader to my daughter Deidra as we were. He was the best first boss my daughter could ever ask for. may his memory be a blessing to you during this difficult time. BDE

Steve Light - 23 days ago

Condolences to the family Not only did I know him from Yagel, He sponsored a team in the DDO Executive Softball League, many years ago We actually both played on the Yagel Team He was the nicest guy Steve Light ,

Pamela Scher - 23 days ago

Dear Jessica, My sincere condolences on the loss of Steve. I enjoyed working with him at Yagel Bagel. He always had a smile on his face and he spoke about you every time with such love and pride.

Sue Cowan - 23 days ago

My Deepest condolences on the loss of a wonderful caring man, Steve was a great boss and a devoted husband and father, he will be Sadly missed. Sue

Marla and Cliff Benderoff - 23 days ago

Dear Joanne and Jessica and family. On behalf of Cliff, Erin and our family, I offer my deepest condolences to you on the loss of Steve. I remember him well; especially his smile and warmth. His smile was larger than life and he was a pillar in our community. Always so helpful and always caring. My deep prayer is that the outpouring of love from the community helps you during this difficult and sad time. May your memories comfort you and may his memory be forever a blessing.

peggy wolinsky - 23 days ago

Dear Jojo and Jessica, I was so sorry to hear the sad news of Steve's passing. I remember him fondly as a genuinely sweet soul who was always so happy to hear the news of the family. His kind demeanor, big smile and hugs to match will be missed by so many. May his memory be a blessing .

Carolyn Broda - 23 days ago

Dear Varnai Family, My deepest condolence on the loss of Steven. I moved to the West Island in 1986 and went all the time with my husband and children to Yagel Bagel. Steve was always there with his outgoing smile and welcoming attitude generous and kind always. He always made you feel welcome. He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him. May he rest in peace and may you all be spared further sorrow.

Rajan - 23 days ago

Dear Joanne and Jessie, It is with a broken heart that I write this. I have known and worked for Steve for 28 years. He was a real gentleman and a good friend who will be missed dearly. I loved you Steve. My deepest condolences to you.

Tina Spinder Shulman - 23 days ago

Dear Joanne &Jessica Gary and I send our condolences on the passing of Steve. We remember when Andrew and Jessica were friends in elementary school and whenever we were in Yagel he always asked about our family, so warm and friendly. Tina & Gary

Brissa, Brian, Brandon& Blaire Berkovits - 23 days ago

Dear JoAnne, Jess and family, Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Steve. 36 years ago we walked into Yagel Bagel and there was Steve with the biggest welcoming smile. He always had a kind word and as our children grew he warmly embraced them by ensuring they each had cookie. Steve was a community man and ensured that the community was well served. We will treasure our memories. May your individual and collective memories give you all comfort and strength and may the love of family and friends help you through this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you The Berkovits Family

Linda and Johnny Mestel - 23 days ago

Heartfelt condolences to the family and to his old Yagel community. Truly a lovely warm mensch of a man. . he was part of our holidays and our lifecycle experiences always helpful and kind. Rest in peace

Jeff Bergman - 23 days ago

To the Varnai family my deepest condolences on the loss of Steven. My first job was at Yagel Bagel over 20 years ago. I have very fond memories at working at the bakery and getting to know Steve. I do remember him giving the ‘younger employees’ life advice and what he did to be successful in business. I also remember him cutting old fashion smoked meat after we cleaned the machines and 10 minutes before we closed. We all chuckled but he was a good guy so we didn’t mind cleaning the machines again.

Ryan Brownstein - 23 days ago

My sincere condolences on the loss of Steven. He was a regular customer at Montreal Stereo/Video where I worked and also saw him often at his excellent bakery Yagel Bagel. Always enjoyed talking with Mr. Varnai. May he rest in peace.

Shelley Mann - 23 days ago

Dear Jessica, I’m so sorry to about the loss of your dad. You always spoke with so much love for him and your mom. I remember how close you were and how you supported him through his health challenges. I hope in time, that your will remember all your good times shared, with smiles in your heart. Sending you strength and warm hugs,

Cynthia Desser-Padan - 23 days ago

Dear Joanne and Jessica, We were deeply saddened to hear of Steve’s passing. You were all such dear neighbors when we lived close to each other in DDO. But distance never stopped Steve from greeting us warmly and asking about the family. I know I speak for many in the community when I say that Steve will be greatly missed. May all your special memories help you through this very difficult time. Cynthia & Gadi Padan and Family.

Annalie Cooperman - 23 days ago

Dear Joanna and Jessica. Sending you my deepest condolences on Steve's passing. May all your memories be a blessing. Rest in peace Steve.

Ronnieshear - 23 days ago

Dear Joanne & Jessica, I am so sorry for your loss, Steve was a really great friend to me , all ways reaching out to me for different things.there will always be a huge void. your suffering is over, RIP my friend.

Elana Zimel - 23 days ago

Dear Varnai Family my heartfelt condolences to you all Steve was such a kind and friendly person. Always with a smile whenever I walked into the bakery. May all your memories be a blessing Elana

Harley Morenstein - 23 days ago

My deepest sympathies and condolences to the family. Steve, thank you for all the support in my younger years playing football. 🤍🤍🤍

Asok - 23 days ago

Joanne and Jessica, My heart feels so heavy knowing this news. Steve gave me my first job after coming to Canada and I worked for over 35 years with him. He wasn't just my boss, to say the least, he was a close friend. He always asked about my family which showed what kind of gentleman he was. He taught me a lot that I will forever be grateful for. With his bright smile that could light up a room, his genuine care for people, his love for his family and his kind heart, I will deeply miss you my friend. You have touched many lives.

Laszlo Klein - 23 days ago

My deepest sympathies to the family of Steve Varnai. Steve and I go back, my mother and Steve's mother were like sisters, all the heartfelt feelings to all the relatives. That store is one of a kind. Love you.

Susan Eichler - 23 days ago

Dear Varnai family We moved to ddo 32 yrs ago , Yagel Bagel was the place to get fresh baked goods , a wonderful welcome smile from Steve and always bumping into people you knew. My deepest condolences on your loss . May he Rest In Peace.

Tova Havis - 23 days ago

Dear Jess and family, There are no words. Jess- you always spoke about your dad and how close you were. He was so proud of you and I know you brought him so much happiness . Sending you all of our positive thoughts. Tova, Andrew, Abbey and Rebecca .

Suzie Shaffer - 23 days ago

My heartfelt condolences on Steven’s passing. As a client and neighbour he was always so kind and gentlemanly. May his memory be a blessing

Robyn Wilkenfeld - 23 days ago

I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of Steve. I am a longtime client of Yagel, and remember fondly his smile when a customer walked in the door. I loved chatting with him, and he always would include what his daughter was doing, looking like the proudest Dad ever. May the memories you have of him help you through this difficult time. Robyn

Steven -Irene. Kerner - 23 days ago

Our sympathies to Joanne and Jessica Steven was a larger then life individual .He had it all a loving wife a daughter he adored and a successful business and many friends with whom he was loyal to May the tears of sadness turn to joy when his name is mentioned In the future

tony leo - 23 days ago

our deepest condolence to Jessica and the family

Celia and Harvey Goodman - 23 days ago

So sorry to hear that Steve passed away. He truly was a kind gentleman. Rest in peace

Lisa Garfinkle - 24 days ago

I’m so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing - what a wonderful kind hearted man - I’ll never forget his kindness to me and my son - what a mensch - he will be missed - my deepest condolences

Heidi Kirman - 24 days ago

My heartfelt condolences to the family. What a kind man. Big heart!

Dr. Zina Suissa - 24 days ago

Mr. Vernai was such a kind, considerate man. He always took the time to chat with me and as I saw with all his customers. He would often tell me about how proud he was of his daughter. Sincere condolences to the family. R.I.P. May his memory be a blessing!

Sarah SABLOFF - 24 days ago

Dear Jojo and Jessica, My deepest condolences on the passing of Steven! He was such a sweet, funny kind man especially when I walked into Yagel Bagel! Was always nice to me and the customers! May his memory be in your hearts forever!!🙏🏻❤️🤗❤️

Michelle Fridman - 24 days ago

Dear Jess and family, Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your father. You always spoke of him with so much love and all your stories about your dad always brought a smile to your face. I know how close you were and how special he was to you, and I am most certain he did too. May your many beautiful memories bring your comfort at this most difficult time and may his memory always be a blessing. Sending you so many hugs. Love, Michelle Fridman

Joel Ifergan - 24 days ago

I would like to extend my condolences to the family. May all the memories easy your pain and sorrow. I know Steve all the way back to Northmount High where I was one year ahead of him. We lost touch and then I saw him at Yagel Bagel where we caught up. He had just opened the store and my family and I just bought a house in DDO. He confided in me that things were slow and he didn't think he made a good move. I told him if he could stay afloat for 6 months to a year things would turn around. That DDO was a growing community and he had to build his name and loyalty. For years he would greet me with his pipe in mouth and always remind me that it was the best advice anybody gave him. Then he would take off because I would give him my piece of mind after a Bills loss. Needless to say he endured my wrath for many years especially after 4 consecutive Super Bowl losses. Due to his health I never saw him but always asked about him whenever I went in the bakery and very saddened about him moving on . Steve ,rest in peace and enjoy the Bills games smoking your pipe and know ,that coincidentally, last nights Bills game was postponed. BDE

Leonard Rauch - 24 days ago

Dear Johanne & Family: my deepest sympathies on your terrible loss. Steven was one of my closest friends who was always caring. One of my favorite experiences with him was our European backpack trip after graduating from CEGEP. Steven never stopped talking about the never ending accomplishments of Jessica to the point that I often had to say " Steven you told me that 10 times before" He will be missed by many but never forgotten. Rest in peace Steven.

Deidra Blacler - 24 days ago

My deepest condolences to the family, Steve was always a kind and special person. He was more than a boss to me, he was my cheerleader in anything that I wanted to pursue. May your memories of him bring you joy at this difficult time.

Tommy Walder - 24 days ago

We met when we were five years old and immediately became good pals. You were always there with sound advice and a kind word. I miss you so much old friend..

Allan and Marilyn Klein - 24 days ago

We are very saddened to hear about the loss of our dear friend Steve. Our heart felt condolences to Jessica and Joanne. I have known Steve since our college days and have remained friends for over 45 years. He was always very kind hearted and love to talk about our families. In fact, we were texting happy new year salutations on Saturday night. He was a family man who loved Jessica and Joanne. He will be sorely missed!!

Phyllis Weinstock - 24 days ago

Steve, I don’t know where to begin. You were the most kindest, caring person ever. Not only were you my boss you were a true friend to me and you will be missed. Joanne, Steve loved you dearly and spoke so highly of you. Jessie, your dad was so proud of you and all your achievements. This is a terrible loss. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

The Weinstock Family - 24 days ago

Our deepest condolences to the family on this loss. Melanie, Adam, Brian & the Weinstock Family

Lorne Grintuch - 24 days ago

Dear Varnai family, Jessica I know very well, and even though I've never met your dad, he must have been very special, as he raised such and incredible and strong young lady. My thoughts are with you as you navigate through this challenging time.

Karen & Howard (Hershie)Cohen - 24 days ago

Dear JoJo and Jesse, Words cannot express how deeply saddened i was to hear of Steve’s passing. There are no words that can fully do justice to his memory. He was a true old friend with an engaging smile, laugh, humour and a great, great heart. We enjoyed many good times, trips, and celebrated your marriage and Jessie’s birth and her accomplishments. We shared our lives, if not in person, then over the phone or Facetime. Even with his medical issues of recent years he alway approached life with humour and optimism. Karen and I will truly miss Steve (Pishti). May his memory be a blessing. Hershie

Saul Levine - 24 days ago

Dear Varnai family, Having been a long-time DDO resident, I would sometimes see Steve 3-4 times a week at the bakery. We’d often have a friendly conversation. If he was in the back and hear my voice, he’d pop his head out and overfill my order with a few more bagels or cinnamon rolls. Living in Toronto now, I miss him..He was an icon in my DDO life. I send you my deepest condolences.

Yona Corber - 24 days ago

Dear Joanne and Jessica , please accept my most sincere condolences on your tremendous loss, Steve was a wonderful human , a true gentleman and family man , so very proud of Jessica's accomplishments.

Karen Weinstock - 24 days ago

Steve, thank you for everything you did for me. You were a good person and you will be missed. Joanne and Jessie, my deepest condolences on this terrible loss. Love and strength to you in the difficult days ahead.

Debra Siegel - 24 days ago

Dear Joanne and Jessica, what absolutely awful news. Steve was always very good to me at the bakery. I will never forget that. Deepest condolences on your loss.

Karen and Allan Glazer - 24 days ago

Dear Joanne, Jessie and family, we are so sad to hear about the passing of Steve, working with him for so many years, he was like family, a great boss, and an amazing person, will miss him, hope all the memories you shared last a lifetime Karen and Allan Glazer