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STEPHEN D. PLETCHER

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PLETCHER, Stephen D. Age 74, of Manchester-by-the-Sea, died unexpectedly on November 29, 2018. He was the son of the late Dr. Donald E. Pletcher and Aletha (BonDurant) of Midland, Michigan. He is survived by his soulmate and deepest love of nearly 50 years, Janet (Crivello) Pletcher; son Brian T. (wife Kellian) of Somerville, MA; sisters Rebecca Dixon Bates (husband Paul) of Coarsegold, CA and Kathleen Pletcher (husband Jay Coogan) of Cranston, RI. He is also survived by his sisters- and brothers-in-law, Marilyn Crivello Kobus (husband Anton) of Manchester-by-the Sea; Vincent Crivello (wife Marie) of Revere, MA; and his dear nieces and nephews. Steve was a graduate of Middlebury College with a B.A. in Economics and received his MBA from St. Thomas College in St. Paul, MN. He had a distinguished career in the hotel/hospitality industry that included asset management for world-renowned hotels such as Washington Duke Inn, Pebble Beach Resort, The Mayflower Hotel, and the Americana Hotel. He was particularly proud of his time at The Plaza Hotel where he directed the complete restoration of this classic NYC hotel to its former grandeur, the impact of which is still visible today. With a phenomenal ability to master technical complexity, he directed more than 20 major hotel acquisitions and conversions. He had a gift of befriending everyone from senior level executives to housekeepers, forming life-long friendships along the way. As founder and President of INNCO, he grew a small hotel purchasing and project management company, doubling and redoubling profitability to create a company of nearly 75 employees. Prior to his retirement, he was founder and President of Pletcher Hotel Consulting. The water always called to Steve: from skin diving to swim team and water skiing on the lakes of Minnesota, Memphis, and Arizona to white water rafting adventures in the Grand Canyon. He loved sailing, especially a day of good winds with enough perilous moments to provide stories for years afterwards. He and Janet spent summers charting courses up the coast of Maine on Mirage. He would set out to explore in the dinghy, be the one to dive under the boat in icy waters to untangle lobster traps and fix the irreparable. He loved to travel, enjoying visits to the Far East, river cruises in France and Holland, exploring Italy from Sicily to the northern lakes, and traversing the glaciers of Iceland. The pride of his life was his son Brian, and he delighted in his many achievements and varied interests. With a deep love for music and a fine bass voice, Steve was a member of the St. Mary Star of the Sea choir in Beverly and spearheaded a major fundraising effort for a splendid organ console. He led Cantemus Chamber Chorus as Board President where he was viewed as a galvanizing force and the heartbeat of the organization. He delighted in bringing the power and beauty of music to a widening circle of the community. Steve continued to be active on many fronts in his retirement, including as Trustee of the Summer Hill Homeowners Association where he and Janet reside. His commitment and efforts were untiring, focused, and thorough. Steve thrived on helping people and gave so generously of his abilities. He orchestrated family and friends for elaborate Easter egg hunts, ski trips, and climbing expeditions. Nothing held him back. He left this world the way he lived in it – full throttle, embracing life, and adventure. Husband, father, uncle, brother, friend, and colleague, Steve was loved deeply for his inspiring "nothing is impossible" credo. He was always in the corner of the people he loved, encouraging them to reach beyond their limits. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 253 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA 01915 on Saturday, January 12, 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Arrangements by Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, BEVERLY. A luncheon will be held at the Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to St. Mary's Star of the Sea/Music Ministry or to the Cuvilly Arts & Earth Center, 10 Jeffreys Neck, Ipswich, MA 01938. (http://www.cuvilly.org/about). Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
Published in The Boston Globe on Dec. 16, 2018
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