James Stephen (Steve) Merrett aged 86 of Burnaby BC passed away peacefully after a 5-year struggle with Congestive Heart Failure on Tuesday October 2nd, 2018.  Steve was born in Winnipeg Manitoba on December 15, 1931 and was preceded by his wife of 48 years Victoria Ludmilla (Jakimowich). He was a loving father to his daughter Anne (carol) and son Joe (Kimberly) and his grandsons Oliver, Justin and Connor.  He had a wonderful career as an economist in the transportation, oil and gas industries.  He loved the fine arts and was a renaissance man who was always socially ahead of his time. In lieu of flowers please send a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.  Special thanks to the wonderful staff at the George Derby Centre for their loving care and support.