BEVERLY, MA - Stephen A. Spiridigliozzi, 77, passed away peacefully on August 18, 2017 after a courageous struggle with cancer.
Born in Beverly, he was the son of the late Thomas and Angelina (Cuoco) Spiridigliozzi. He was educated in the Beverly school system and employed by the City of Beverly Public Works Department and The Beverly Times.
Stephen was a unique and gentle soul who endeared himself to many with his childlike innocence, friendliness, sense of humor, generosity and spontaneity. The many challenges in his life were overshadowed by his ability to remember quotes, dates, people, Bible scriptures, and events, especially when reminiscing about “the old days”. He chose listening to talk radio over watching TV, accumulating knowledge in all subjects. In his younger years, he could be seen walking or riding his bike around Beverly. Stephen attended and was active in many churches in Beverly and Salem of different denominations. His belief was, “One God, one church - we all pray to the same God”. I have no doubt that God has a special place in Heaven for Stephen.
Stephen is survived by his brothers Thomas Spiridigliozzi of Beverly and his companion Rita Shapiro, Richard Spiridigliozzi and his wife Kay of Danvers, his sister Joanna Fiorino and her husband Charles of Boynton Beach, FL, and Seabrook, NH, his nephew William MacDougall and his children Miranda and Noah, nieces Laurie Booth, husband Tom and children Camden and Haley of Danvers, Lisa Beveridge, husband Brad and son Austin of Tuftonboro, NH and Amy Keefe, husband Jon and children Chase and Kaiden of Beverly. He also leaves behind many good friends and staff who were like family at Seven Hills Community Services Group Home in Beverly and Elder Services of the North Shore (PACE).
The family is very grateful to the staff and friends at the Seven Hills Community Services of Beverly and Elder Services of the North Shore (PACE) for all the compassionate, wonderful care and support they provided him for many years. Also for all the care given by Care Dimensions of the North Shore in his final days.
Arrangements: Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Celebration of Life at Mackey Funeral Home, 128 S. Main Street, Middleton MA from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 12 p.m. on Friday, August 25th. Interment will follow at the Beverly Farms Cemetery, 100 Haskell Street, Beverly, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Seven Hills Foundation, 81 Hope Avenue, Worcester, MA 01603 or Care Dimensions/Hospice, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.
|As a Tribute to Stephen, the following is a Eulogy to share with Family and Friends from his sister Joanna
EULOGY FOR STEPHEN
August 25, 2017
There is so much to say about Stephen that it’s hard to know where to begin. He was a unique and gentle soul who endeared himself to many with his childlike innocence, friendliness, sense of humor, generosity and spontaneity.
He endured many challenges in his life but these challenges never hindered his ability to remember quotes, dates, people, and Bible scriptures. He loved to reminisce about “the old days”. He could always make you laugh – he was a funny guy. He would tell a joke spontaneously and he would remember the jokes. Stephen’s memory always amazed me. He would remember dates and times that most of us would never recall. He even told me what I made per week on my first job at the newspaper. I had even forgotten.
Stephen was very generous. I remember taking him to Brother’s restaurant to lunch, one of his favorite restaurants. The owner was giving customers letter openers with their logo and name. Stephen decided he would purchase about 20 of them. He wanted to hand them out to his friends and family. He once bought at least 20 metal shoe horns that he would hand out to different people. He was very specific about his food and he knew exactly what he wanted. The subs had to be ham, salami, lettuce, tomatoes, oil and vinegar. Cookies had to be Archer brand. He had a very good appetite.
Stephen was intellectually challenged since being a child, endured scarlet fever a youngster and for many years had heart problems and diabetes. But he lived on his own for over 30 years until 3 years ago when he went to live at a group home in Beverly, MA.
Stephen had a TV but he enjoyed listening to talk radio – Howie Carr, Michael Savage, etc. accumulating knowledge in all subjects. I asked if he wanted his TV connected and he said he was not interested – he just loved talk radio. In his younger years, he could be seen walking or riding his bike around Beverly. Stephen was deeply religious and attended and was active in many churches in Beverly and Salem of many denominations. His belief was, “One God, one church - we all pray to the same God.” He was diagnosed a little over a month ago with Stage 4 colon inoperable cancer but never experienced any pain before the diagnosis or during the past month. I truly believe God spared him the pain.
But I do have to share this with you. For over a month I have been meaning to purchase a Catholic version of the Holy Bible – there are so many versions out there. Last Sunday I asked our priest in Hampton who told me the St. Joseph’s version was the one to purchase. The day Stephen passed, I stopped in our convenience center and lo and behold – someone had put The St. Joseph’s version of the Holy Bible, beautifully bound from 1970, on one of the tables. I immediately took it and showed my husband who was also in awe. On the same day Stephen passed, I received the version I was meaning to purchase. Could this have been a message telling me that my brother was okay and at peace!! I will always treasure this Bible and it will always be a constant reminder of my brother. I was compelled to share this with you because it has deepened my faith and I was hoping that you would also find it uplifting. There is no doubt Stephen went straight to Heaven – no detours for him!! Stephen will be forever missed.