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Stephen Mark Cartwright

1968 - 2015 BRATTLEBORO On Saturday, the 5th of December, 2015, Stephen Mark Cartwright walked on suddenly and unexpectedly in his home located in Brattleboro, VT. Steve was born in Rochford, in the county of Essex, England on the 4th of November, 1968. He was most proud to be British, refusing to surrender his British citizenship in spite of living and working here for two and a half decades. He considered his greatest achievement in life to be the birth of his daughter and fatherhood. It is without question he far surpassed his goal to be a committed, loving father as his daughter has one of the closest relationships with her father anyone has seen a teenager have. He was predeceased by his parents who fostered him when he was two years old, Leslie and Patricia Smith. He grew up throughout England in a family of 16. Later in life he was able to locate his birth mother, Agnes Campbell Russell Brehaut, who survives him. His physical body leaves behind his teenage daughter, Hayley Patricia Cartwright and his brother, Brian Cartwright, with whom he grew up (Shoeburyness, England) as well as several half siblings, and many nieces and nephews, all of whom reside in England. He was also predeceased by his natural father, Brian Rodney Stewart Cartwright before having an opportunity to know him. Steve, who was well known on both sides of the Atlantic for his Zest for Life, came to the United States as a croupier in 1990 before meeting the mother of his daughter, Lorie Abolafia, whom he married in 1992 (to 2011). He lived in Randolph, VT, where his daughter was born. She was his pride and joy in life. Steve and his family later moved to Brattleboro, VT. Most recently he was the sales and marketing director of the Holiday Inn Express. Prior to that he held positions at Mount Snow and the Brattleboro Reformer. He always said it was a goal of his to be remembered years after leaving positions of employment, activities, and places of residence for the positive and humorous contributions he made. He succeeded as people often came up to him even years later remarking on, through vivid memories, how he had enriched their lives! Steve had many interests, all of which he fully engaged in and loved to share with others. If Steve was interested in something, it was with passion. Steve was the voice behind the Brit on Bratt on 96.7 WTSA FM. This was a great source of satisfaction to him and he cared deeply about his WTSA family, most notably, Ian Kelley. He loved soccer and enjoyed playing on local pickup teams, as well as coaching his daughter to be the best player she could be, passing his wisdom about, and passion for the sport down to her. Steve was THE consummate dog lover, well known for his high regard for his dogs. He loved to read and had many collections. He was an 80's music and Comic Book fanatic. Steve made people smile and laugh wherever he went. People remember him as the "funny British guy with tattoos," but even more than this, a man with a kind heart, full of love for his daughter, Hayley. He had a strong relationship with all of the many programs Hayley took part in and was a beloved parent at each of these, especially the Brattleboro School of Dance. Steve is now resting in paradise. SERVICES: There will be a celebration of Steve's life on the 2nd of January at All Souls Church, also known as West Village Meeting House, at 2p.m. in "West" Brattleboro. This celebration is open to the community including friends and family to honor Steve's life and pay their last respects. We will honor his life with a celebration of music, storytelling and art. This gathering will be Quaker Meeting Style, so please be prepared to share. We will have a place to make art to put into a scrapbook to help us heal from the void he leaves. You are encouraged to bring photographs and written memories to contribute to this project, along with other work which reminds you of Steve. If you have any photographs or videos please email them to [email protected], for a slide show and keepsake. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to his daughter's "go fund me" account which is to help cover the expenses which have fallen directly upon her as a result of this tragedy. You can google "go fund me" and search for "My Dad's funeral and more" to contribute. Thank you for the outpouring of love and support already given.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Dec. 19, 2015
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