HOARN, Steven E. Beloved son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin and friend Steven E. Hoarn passed from this life June 23, 2014. A military kid with family roots in New Hampshire, Steven was born at Andrews AFB in Maryland on Dec. 31, 1986, a day his friends later dubbed "New Year's Steve," but he called many places home, including Virginia, Arizona, Nebraska, and Hawaii, before settling in Tampa after college. Steven was a proud graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where he studied history, with a U.S. military history concentration, and he put his knowledge and talent to great use for the five years that he worked as an editor, photo editor and journalist for a defense-focused website and myriad publications. Steven was president of the College Republicans at UNH, and was active with the Tampa Bay Young Republicans, where he served as Communications Director. He was a man with strong beliefs, but he possessed an open mind, and often engaged in good-natured and lively political and philosophical debate and discussion. A good sport and an avid sports fan, he supported the Boston Bruins and the Boston Red Sox, even when his friends who cheered for local teams gave him a hard time about it. While Boston claimed his loyalty in hockey and baseball, he loved the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Steven loved reading and seemed to always have a book in hand. He played weekly on a trivia team, and his knowledge of sports and lesser-known U.S. presidents often came through in a pinch when the rest of the team was stumped. It was not unlike Steven to go the extra mile to make things just that little bit better or more fun, both in his personal and professional lives. With his engaging smile, intelligence, quick wit, mischievous sense of humor, curious mind, positive outlook, and thoughtfulness, Steven won the respect and affection of all who met him, from homeless people to U.S. Senators. He is survived by his parents, Steve and Nancy Hoarn; his sister, Katherine; and his Pepere and Memere, Lucien and Jacqueline Lafrance. There are only those who loved him, and those who didn't know him. He will be terribly missed.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on June 29, 2014