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STEPHEN P. GARCIA

Born: Fri., Jul. 23, 1954
Died: Sun., Feb. 23, 2020


Visitation

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Feb. 28, 2020
Location: Celentano Funeral Home


Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Sat., Feb. 29, 2020
Location: St. Aedan's Church


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Stephen Peter Garcia passed away on February 23, 2020. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather to his girls: his loving wife Laurinda "Rindy" Fox Garcia, daughters Emily (Joshua Seeds) Garcia, Jillian (Jonathan) Miner, Stephanie (Kyle Merrill) Garcia, honorary son Lee Reopell and granddaughter Louisa. One of his favorite and most recent names was Abuelo (“Buelo”).  He is also survived by his father, John Garcia; his brothers, Raymond (Merrillyn), John Paul (Patricia), Edward (Sarah), Victor, and Tony (Christina) Garcia; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and four step-grandchildren. He also leaves some very close friends, too many to name, but they know who they are. He is predeceased by his mother, Antoinette Civitello Garcia.
Born on July 23, 1954, in New Haven, Connecticut, Steve was a talented athlete and throughout his school years played football and placed statewide in gymnastics competitions. He was a member of the undefeated 1972 freshman football team at Cornell University under Coach Ted Thoren. Steve was a life-long supporter of Cornell sports and one of the co-founding members of the Cornell Football Association. He received a civil engineering degree from Cornell in 1976, and married Rindy in 1978, whom he met at Cornell.  He was also a proud member of the Alpha Psi of Chi Psi fraternity.  Steve and Rindy started their life together in Chicago and then moved back to the New Haven area to work in the family construction business. He stayed in construction management and general contracting for 44 years. The engineer in him was always interested in building and inventing and he also created beautiful works of blown glass and stained glass. Outside of work, Steve was an active member of St. Aedan's church, and spent many years on the Parish Council and in the Knights of Columbus. His civic involvement includes over 20 years on the New Haven Police Commission, including a few as the Chairman, and also captaining his neighborhood block-watch.
As busy as he was, Steve always had time to spend with his daughters, he made sure he was at every event.  Teaching them to fish and to handle a boat, coaching their sports teams, attending their dance and music recitals, moving them into college and new homes, and sharing with them his passion for all things Big Red, especially Cornell Football.
Steve was a force of nature, and will be remembered for his warmth, his generosity, his sharp wit, his inspired leadership, his love of people and especially for his stories. He was the keeper of the family lore.
The family would love for you to please share any stories of Steve that you have, please email to: stevegarciastories@gmail.com.  

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Francisco Ortiz
   Posted Wed February 26, 2020
Please allow me to express my condolences to the Garcia family, Steve was an incredible friend and commissioner on our Board of police commissioners for the New Haven police department, while I was chief of police. Steve kept us focused on our mission and on our values. Steve was committed to the men and women of the New Haven Police Department and to our entire New Haven community. His smile and laughter were infectious… I’m not surprise that the family has chosen The New Haven police department’s police athletic league to be a recipient of donations. Steve cared a great deal about our youth and about the role that our law enforcement officers played in the community as mentors and role models. I will truly miss him. Chief Francisco Ortiz, New Haven department of police services.

Melissa Weinstein
   Posted Wed February 26, 2020
Stephanie and family: I'm so sorry for your loss and may his memory be a constant comfort to you.

ed horehlad
   Posted Wed February 26, 2020
I am proud to say that I served with Steve as a fellow Knights of Columbus.
A great man who loved his family . He will be missed!

Ken Giannotti
   Posted Thu February 27, 2020
Stevegarcia u will be miss my brother

Cheryl Wilcox
   Posted Fri February 28, 2020

TRADITION AND SPLENDOR was sent by Cheryl Wilcox.

With love and deepest sympathy from our family: Cheryl & Alan; Chris & Bernadette; Kalter & Amanda; Penny & Tom


Deb Yelverton
   Posted Thu March 12, 2020
Dear Rindy and Family,
I just read of this sad news and extend my love and condolences to you all. Steve was a consummate gentleman and an all-round wonderful person. Even though months or years passed without seeing each other, he always greeted me with a smile and a hug as if no time or distance existed between our seeing each other. I consider it an honor having known Steve. He is looking down on us all with the same love he had while he walked among us on earth.

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