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MACHIAS - Stephen Paul Berry Sr., 61, of Machias, died with his family at his bedside, on April 5, 2016, in Augusta. He was born on March 13, 1955, into the Native Aleutian community on Saint Paul Island, Alaska.

After attending Washington Academy, Stephen raised his family in the Machias Valley. He wore many hats during his working years, including employment by the Maine Department of Corrections for 15 years - where he was his union's (ASCME) Sargent-at-Arms - and serving as a reserve police officer, EMT and substance abuse counselor. Among his entrepreneurial enterprises were his chimney sweep business and his trademark "Stevie B's Sausages."

Even as his health declined, Stephen continued to serve his community, including as a hunter safety instructor and being active as a Senior Volunteer Companion. He was recently recognized via the Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism for donating over 1000 hours during 2015. He loved people, did a lot for others, and enjoyed many friends throughout the region. He also enjoyed carpentry, hunting, four wheeling and spending time with his family.

Stephen was predeceased by his adoptive parents, Iva and Heber Berry, formerly of Jacksonville. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Marlene (Nason) Berry, of Machias. Also surviving are: his daughter, Niomi, her husband Andrew Tipton and their children Indigo Lawrence, Darian Lawrence, Allura Tipton and Lorelei Tipton of Blue Ridge, Georgia; his son, Stephen Jr., his fiancée Nicolette Willow Yerxa and their daughter Bowie Maeve Berry of Clifton, Maine; his brother, Daniel Berry and his son David Berry of Washington; his sister, Agnes, her husband Todd Heithecker, and nephews Neal and Austin Wright of Texas.

The family sincerely thanks the staff of the CCU at Maine General Medical Center for their wonderful compassion and great care.

A remembrance will be held in early summer, with advance notice posted.
Published on  April 16, 2016
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