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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
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
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
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
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, September 6, at Mackey Funeral Home, 128 S
Main Street, Middleton, from 3 – 8p.m.
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