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Stephen D. Pease

Died: 2016-09-01
Resided in: Topsfield, MA
Viewing type: Visitation
Viewing location: Mackey FH Rt 114, 128 S. Main St. Middleton
Viewing date: 2016-09-06 / 3pm-8pm
Service type: Funeral Mass
Service date: 2016-09-07 / 10am
Service location: St. Rose of Lima, Topsfield,MA
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Topsfield – Stephen D. Pease, 56, beloved husband of Maria A. (Scardigno) Pease, died peacefully Thursday, September 1, 2016 in his home in Topsfield surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on July 15, 1960 in Cambridge, MA to Lloyd and Maureen (Desmond) Pease. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Tewksbury where he grew up with his parents and older brother, Mark. The two boys grew up together playing sports and were always outside with the neighborhood kids. Steve loved to play hockey and ran track and field for Tewksbury High School where he continued onto college after graduation.

In 1984, he graduated from University of Massachusetts, Lowell, with a degree in Business. His love of people served him well, and he went on to have a very successful career in Sales, often traveling the globe and making life-long friends along the way. He started with Panasonic at a regional office in Westwood, MA and later moved into the toy industry working for companies like Radica and Mattel. Later in life, he settled nicely into consulting and worked with HP Hood. While attending a sales meeting for Panasonic in Baltimore, Steve met the love of his life, Maria. After a brief courtship, Steve and Maria wed in a beautiful ceremony in northern New Jersey. They went on to travel and enjoy each other’s company for five years until they were blessed by the birth of their first child, Alexandra, in 1993. They went on to add two little boys to their young family: Stephen in 1995 and Nicholas in 1998, and they couldn’t have been happier. They made sure to instill a love for traveling while creating memories with their children, and made it a point to take a family vacation together at least once a year. As a family, they loved to go on bike rides, go to the beach, and explore new places together. Steve’s life revolved around his family, and he made sure to pass his love of sports on to all three of his children. For years, he volunteered his time on the weekends coaching soccer, softball, or hockey teams, and he never missed a game. He was able to fulfill one of his lifelong dreams of having his own hockey rink by building a rink in the backyard from scratch for several consecutive years. He was passionate about creating a space for his kids to have fun in the winter, and cared for the rink meticulously, often waking up at 4a.m. to water it to make sure the day’s ice would be fresh. While his boys were in high school, he could be found in the announcer’s box, narrating every roster, penalty, and goal during each of the Boys Varsity Hockey games. He announced each home game for six years, where he lovingly became known as “The Voice of Masco Hockey.”

In January of 2015, Steve was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme, a rare but deadly form of brain cancer. From day one, Steve was determined to fight, and went to great lengths to maintain a happy and full life while working hard in treatment. He endured months of chemotherapy, radiation, infusions, and clinical trials all in the hopes that they would grant him more time with his beloved family and friends. No matter what, he always had a smile on his face and his positive attitude was an inspiration to all that knew him. Throughout his 20-month battle, he was able to watch Nicholas graduate from Masconomet Regional High School, Alexandra graduate from Northeastern University, and Stephen succeed at James Madison University. One of his favorite activities was playing on his summer softball team, where he had the absolute pleasure of having both his sons play by his side and eventually win the championship game this past August.

He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, son, uncle, and friend; a lover of storytelling and Cap’n Crunch cereal, and an all around fantastic human being. Steve was a light in all of our lives, and he will be deeply missed. He will be remembered as a funny, hard working, family man and his spirit will live on through all those who knew him.

Surviving him are his wife, Maria, his three children: Alexandra, 23, Stephen, 20, and Nicholas, 18, all of Topsfield; his mother Maureen Pease of Westford, MA; his brother Mark Pease and his wife Andrea of Burlington, MA; mother-in- law Angela Scardigno of Brick, NJ, brother- and sister-in- laws Dominick and Toni Ann Azzolini of Wood-Ridge, NJ; Joseph Scardigno of Hoboken, NJ; as well as many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his father, Lloyd Pease, and his father-in- law, Joseph Scardigno.

A celebration of Steve’s life will be held on Wednesday, September 7, at St. Rose of Lima Church, 12 Park Street, Topsfield at 10 a.m. All friends and relatives are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, September 6, at Mackey Funeral Home, 128 S Main Street, Middleton, from 3 – 8p.m.

Online Condolences Below:

Our Heartfelt Deepest Sympathy to the entire Pease family, and to all who knew and loved Steve. He will be greatly missed. Our Love and Prayers, The Marshall Family
Maria and family so sorry for your loss. Mandy Smith
The Masco Youth Hockey community extends its deepest condolences to the Pease family. Steve will always be part of the Masco family. May God bless your family. Sincerely Masco Youth Hockey
With deepest sympathies to Maria, Alexandra, Stephen and Nick. Steve was a wonderful friend and neighbor, and the girls loved him. We will miss seeing his smile and his sense of humor. Thinking of you, with love, The Murphys
Maria, Steve was one of kind and together you made an amazing couple and family. His love of family and friends, his friendship and his love for 80's music (which we all loved so much) will be missed. His jokes and laughter that made so many parties that much more enjoyable will be remembered for years to come. His spirit will always live in you and your beautiful and successful children. Our hearts break for all of you, but we believe his amazing love will give you all the strength you need to be strong going forward. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.❤️ Love, Michele and David
Maureen and family, so very sorry for your loss. Kathy Robichaud
My heart goes out to you all. Love, Nick Pasculli
Maria, Debbie and I are so saddened with the loss of Steve. I have so fond memories of Steve both at Hasbro Interactive and at Robonica. He is one special guy that I could always count on to deliver. Steve will always be in our thoughts and prayers. Sadly, Tom and Debbie Dusenberry
With love and deepest sympathy, Cynthia Aybar
You and Steve have been in our prayers from day one, our boys, and many of our friends too. Our families have been so close for 50 plus, years... to us you are family. Unfortunately, fate has kept us all miles a part through the years, but the love was always there. Fortunately, we had many wonderful times together in the early years. We didn't get to spend much time with Steve, but we know from all the time your mother and I talked, that Steve was a wonderful, loving husband and father. I know you shared a wonderful love and he will live in your heart and your children's heart always. Love you all, Aunt Dolores and Uncle Moe
Dear Maria and Family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss your loving husband Steve. I know we have not seen each other in quite a while but my family and I are with you in love and spirit. I will pray that you all stay strong. All our love always, Cathy Porta and The Porta Family.
I worked with Steve years ago at Hasbro Intetactive in Beverly. I was his customer service rep at the time. I really thought the world of him and I can tell he came from a loving family. I am deeply sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with your family. Nancy Green
Our thoughts and payers are with all of you. The Sherman family
Maria, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. My deepest sympathy and prayers for you and your family. Debbie Harrington
Maria and the Pease family, We are so sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine what you and your family have gone through over the past couple of years but I do find solace in knowing Steve is at peace. I know he is making jokes with St. Peter and laughing as I write this - Steve is the man - he will be forever missed and never forgotten! Sincerely, Chris Mireault Tigers '16, "Team Pease"
To all of the Pease family, Maria, Alexandria, Steve and Nick, our deepest sympathies and prayers. Steve will be deeply missed, but I know he will always bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart with every thought of him throughout your lives! What a wonderful husband and Dad! Steve & Betty Masullo
Pease family, My condolences to you all. I worked with Steve for about 2 years; in each of my interactions with him, he was always so kind and spoke so lovingly about his family. He was a wonderful person and I am so sorry for your loss. - Kezban Terralavoro
Maria, your three wonderful children are evidence of your husband's great qualities and loving spirit. The Pease's are one of my favorite Masco families that I have had the pleasure of knowing in my career. You two raised three amazing children together that have all clearly absorbed their parents' intelligence, wit, leadership, and kind hearts. My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time of remembering your dear husband and father. Ryan Quinn
Although I did not know Steve, I heard about him from a friend and have been praying for him. My deepest and heartfelt sympathies to all his family. God Bless. Eileen Gilligan, Wheaton, IL
I had the pleasure of briefly working with Steve. He was a really sweet & funny person. I haven't stopped thinking about him and his unfortunate illness and am sorry to hear that he has passed. My condolences to his family. He was a great guy.
Sorry maria on your loss of your husband may he rest in peace love Anna
I am so sad not only to hear the news of Stephen but also not finding out until after the service. My Thoughts and prayers are with everybody. Many good memories at TMHS 78 and Fitchburg State. God Bless John Hurley
Steve was a very fun person to work with at Hasbro. I am sorry for your losing him so soon. Michelle Bailey
Our deepest sympathy go to you and your family. May he rest and peace and God bless. LouAnn & Albie Rinaldi, Ann Amendola
I was very good friends with Steve- we worked together at IBM for 3 years together and were inseparable over those 3 years- same office desks next to each other lunch together every day. We had similar careers before and after and I am two years older. Steve was a great guy. He loved his family and took pride in his kids and Maria. Steve and I played golf together and horsed around together a lot and always stayed in touch. He had a great sense of humor and I will always, always remember him. I am very saddened over this. My prayers are with Maria and the kids..I hope the three kids continue to make Steve proud as I know he loves them deeply and is and always was...very proud of them and his spirit will be watching over them. -Doug Ricken
I can't tell you how much I will miss Steve. From the moment I met him at IBM, Steve embodied the can do spirit that is rare. His big smile and pride in his children and love for Maria, is something he talked with me quite frequently when he worked for me at IBM. I'll truly miss him. Bob Daniel
Dear Maria and the Pease Family, I am deeply sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire Pease family. I worked with Steve at Radica and Mattel. He kept the sales team laughing and made the long hours and travel so much fun. He entertained us with stories and spoke of his family with love and pride. I will miss him. Amy Scott
Deeply saddened to the hear of Steve's passing. Although we worked together for a short period of time at Robonica I'll never forget how he'd have us all in stitches laughing everyday. What an infectious spirit he had! He will be remembered fondly. Sending comforting and peaceful wishes to the Pease family. Ashley Siswick

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