Stephen's Story

SEFFNER, Fla. - Stephen T. Webb, 81, passed away on February 27, 2015, with a grateful family by his side. He was born on March 23, 1933, in Milo, Maine.

Steve is survived by all of his children and their families: son, Thomas and his wife, Sharon, of Richmond, Maine, and their children, Stephen T. and his wife, Jennie, Ethan, Jake and his wife, Jessica, Matt, Jeff and his fiancee, Ashley, and Chris; son, Clifford and his wife, Jeanne, of Seffner, Florida, and children, Jason and Amanda; son, Rex and his wife, Suzy, of Suwanee, Georgia, and their children, Heather and her husband, Matt, Jeremy and his wife, Alejandra, and Ben and his wife, Anna; daughter Lori and her husband, John, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine and their son Jack; son Robert and his significant other, Tracy of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine and children, Kayla and her husband, Dustin, Caleb, Michael, Vanessa and Jacob; and daughter, Roberta of Bangor and her children, Derrick and his fiance, Matt, Shannan and Justin. He is also survived by a brother, Arthur and his wife, Ethel, of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine; and a sister, Norma, also of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, and her children, Maggie, Jason and Joe. Steve is also survived by many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Steve was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Margaret; brothers, Raymond, Donald and James; and sisters, Shirley and Marilyn (Toot).

Aside from his Air Force deployment to Guam during the Korean War and a few years working at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in Meriden, Connecticut, Steve also worked on Varnum's Farm, at Guilford Woolen Mill and for H.E. Sargent, Inc. in Stillwater. However, he spent the majority of his life in Milo, Maine, where he was very well known and liked. Being there enabled Steve to do the things he enjoyed most such as working in the woods, hunting and fishing. He was a very hard worker with a strong work ethic that he instilled in his own children. Steve was especially proud of being a Veteran, a devout Republican, a 50-year member of Piscataquis Lodge #44 A.F. & A.M. in Milo, a Shriner at the Anah Temple Shrine in Bangor and a 28 year member of the American Legion, Joseph P. Chaisson Lodge in Milo. He will forever be remembered for his sharp wit, amazing sense of humor, extraordinary memory and his relentless pursuit of coming out on top in a good game of cribbage, dice or 83.

In addition to his family, who loved and admired him, Steve will be very sorely missed by his many friends, especially his closest friend, Deanna Libby. "The House by the Side of the Road," a poem by Sam Walter Foss, provided Steve with the inspiration, which he chose to live every day of his life. Those who came in contact with him, whether friend, acquaintance or just meeting him for the first time quickly came to realize that this man, "... lived in a house by the side of the road, and was a friend to man." Most importantly, Steve's wealth was not measured by riches and treasure, but rather by his love of family. Family was everything to Steve and he frequently reiterated that to all family members. In fact, he coordinated or helped to coordinate countless family gatherings with many of them at the family homestead on Gould Street in Milo or the Camp at Boyd Lake. Steve always looked forward to these events and often said that "one lifetime was not enough." Steve's Family is very thankful for the care provided to him by the entire Staff at the Maine V.A. in Togus and the Massachusetts V.A. in Jamaica Plains and West Roxbury. Additionally, special thanks are due to the entire Staff at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, Florida and the Staff of LifePath Hospice of Hillsborough County, Florida, especially Rita and Pedro and Sister Maria for their care and attention during his final days in Seffner, Florida.

The Family will coordinate a memorial graveside service at the Evergreen Cemetery in Milo, Maine, at a later date.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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