Steve was born in Northampton, Mass., and spent his formative years in N. Easton, Mass., graduating from Oliver Ames High School in 1967. He received his BBA in Management at U. Mass, Amherst in 1971.
He worked in sales and was both regional and district manager for several firms. More recently, in order to travel less, he worked as a therapist.
Steve loved gardening and his family enjoyed the vegetables from his garden all year round.
He leaves behind his wife of 44 years, Susan and son, Paul of Newbury.
Steve is the son of Robert Gildersleeve of Chatham, Mass., (wife Alice) and Barbara Nielsen of Mansfield, Mass. He is the brother of Robbie of Easton, Mass., (wife Nancy) and Janet Sabella of Taunton, Mass., (spouse Michael). Steve leaves behind eight nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Adam, and brother, Allen.
Steve is remembered by family and friends for his heart, easy wit, strong love of family and love of nature.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
Private services are being arranged by Chadwick Funeral Service, New London.