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Obituary for Steven Paul Pressman

Steven Paul  Pressman
Steven Paul Pressman, 66, passed away July 2, 2018, surrounded by his family and friends at his home in Arlington, Massachusetts. He died following a valiant and courageous four-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.

Steven was the loving husband of Joanne (Sokol) Pressman and devoted father of Rebecca Pressman and Shana Coy, and cherished grandfather of Arlo and Jessup Lefcourt and Max Coy. Steven is also survived by his beloved sister, Susan Pressman, son-in-law C.J. Coy, four nieces and nephews, two brothers-in-law, and two sisters-in-law. He also leaves a wide circle of friends, including his dearest friend, Bob Lunday. Steven was predeceased by his parents Marjorie (Englebardt) and Kenneth Pressman, formerly of Lexington.

Steven was born in Frankfurt, Germany on September 15, 1951. He grew up in Van Nuys, California; Cherry Hill, New Jersey; and Lexington, Massachusetts, and graduated from Lexington High School in 1969. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bentley University. Steven married his sweetheart, Joanne Sokol of Lexington, in 1975.

Steven served as Controller at Tufts University, and was working and living there when his daughters were born. He worked at Daniel Webster College and the New England Conservatory of Music, and was proud to serve as Chief Financial Officer at the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, Massachusetts, which specializes in the restoration of historical documents.

Steven loved to travel, and over the years, he and Joanne ventured around the country, as well as to Curaçao, Sint Maarten, England, Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Canada, and Mexico. Steven also loved record collecting, history, politics, and sports. But of all his interests, his enduring love for music was his greatest passion.

Steven was a staunch fan of the Army–Navy football game, and made it an annual rite to travel down to Philadelphia and root for Army. He was an avid public golfer and lifelong golf enthusiast. Steven was a true competitor but never took himself too seriously, and everyone loved playing with him. Up until the end, he diligently completed The New York Times crossword puzzle every day.

Steven loved to cook, and enjoyed creating a wide variety of dishes. Over the years, he came up with dozens of varieties of gumbo, which he loved sharing with friends and family. This stemmed from his love for the culture and music of New Orleans, where he traveled almost every year beginning in 2010. His final wish was to bring his whole family, the loves of his life, to New Orleans, which he fulfilled last month.

Steven’s philosophy of life was “Laissez les bons temps rouler.” He adored his family and was a true friend to all who knew him. His life was full of love and laughter, and he made each person he met feel valued. To know Steven was to love him. He will be greatly missed.

Visiting hours will be held at his family home on Tuesday, July 3rd between 2:00 and 6:00 pm. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Donations can be made in his name to Good Shepherd Community Care or to the Cancer Center Fund at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
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