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Stephen Francis Ready

Stephen Francis Ready died on July 16, 2013 in the loving arms of his family in Gig Harbor, Washington - a place he deeply loved. Steve had battled cancer with courage and grace for several years. His family is very appreciative of the excellent care given to him by the doctors and staff of St Anthony's Hospital in Gig Harbor and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Steve was born in Bloomington, Indiana on February 17, 1947. His father, James Patrick, was a World War II fighter pilot, who met and married Steve's mother, Margherita, while stationed in Italy. While Steve was young his family moved to Seattle. Steve attended Assumption Catholic School in Seattle until the family, which then included his beloved little sister Paula, moved to Pasadena, California.

He finished elementary school at St. Phillip the Apostle in Pasadena and graduated from the Christian Brothers' La Salle High School in 1965. Steve was an outstanding basketball player and bass singer in the concert choir. It was in high school that he developed his gift for writing, a talent that served him throughout his life. Steve made life-long friends at La Salle, (+one), many of whom provided great comfort and support throughout his illness. Steve attended the University of California at Berkeley where he spent much of his freshman year playing ultimate Frisbee and poker. In 1971, Steve graduated from UCLA with a degree in Economics.

From scooping ice cream at Baskin Robbins to selling office supplies door-to-door Steve learned person to person skills. Those skills served him well when Steve built, from the ground up, the largest bicycle trade show in the country, Interbike. Mr. Ready left his indelible mark on countless people's lives. Always honest, a man of his word, he was fair and truly committed to the success of the bicycle dealers who were his clients and friends.

In the 1990s, Steve sold Interbike and retired to what he referred to as "an indolent lifestyle" in the Pacific Northwest. He and his wife, MaryAnn, became involved in many philanthropic enterprises: Childs-Pace Foundation, the Burlington Little School, the Children's Museum of Skagit County, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, and Wheels for Life.

Red loved driving his sports car, playing golf, flying airplanes, riding his motorcycles and bicycles. He got his pilot's license and later built a small airplane. Steve collected motorcycles and was a member of the local Vintage Motorcycle Enthusiasts. He loved to cruise Tacoma and give the jacket he was wearing, or a hot pizza, to a homeless person on the street.

He collected first editions of great books, wrote short stories, was a grand story teller and recited poetry from memory. Steve was a renaissance man in the true sense of the word, crossing the boundaries between literature and science, friends and family, comedy and drama, life and death. He will be deeply missed by many people who knew and loved him all over the world.

Stephen Ready is survived by his loving wife MaryAnn, his mother Margherita Ready, his sister Paula Elliott and brother-in-law Greg Elliott. Jeffrey and Russell Sneed, Cory Ready, his niece and nephew Victoria and John Patrick, and grandchildren Mack and Carly Konigsfeld, Makena and Duke Sneed and a large extended family in Italy.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Childs-Pace Foundation or the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

Celebration of Steve Ready's Life

Saturday, September 14, 2013, 6:00-9:00pm at Museum of Glass

Tacoma, WA.

Published in The Seattle Times from Aug. 1 to Aug. 2, 2013
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