Stephen C. Carfaro
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Formerly of Fitchburg, MA, Army Vet; 81
After a very long illness, at 81 years of age, Stephen Clement Carfaro, passed peacefully in his sleep at 6 a.m., Wednesday, May 8.
Born January 7, 1932, in Somerville MA, Steve was raised in Fitchburg, MA, son of Clement Carfaro and Rosalie (Mina) Carfaro. He was educated at Fitchburg High School and Cushing Academy. He enlisted in the Army at 17, and served four years in the Korean War. He was co-owner of a neighborhood lounge in Fitchburg called Harugari Club (also known as the Rollstone Lodge). It was here that he developed his aptitude as a business owner. He met the love of his life, then Lucy Boucher, in Fitchburg; they married April 7, 1956, and raised three children together.
In 1974, they moved to Camarillo, CA, where he and his wife, Lucy started their business, C.C. Steven and Associates, Inc. in 1978. He was an expert in the field of static control and a savvy businessman. In his leisure time, Steve loved to golf, and was a longtime member of Saticoy Country Club. Steve enjoyed weekends at the club, playing 18 holes with his many buddies. He loved cruising with his family and playing cards with his friend and beloved brother-in-law, Leo Xarras of Leominster, MA. He loved the tradition of Sunday dinners with the family, when everyone gathered to enjoy one another's company and Lucy's wonderful cooking. He spoiled his grandchildren, Sophia and Olivia Gerde, and Caleb, Luke, and Abigail Carfaro. His grandkids were his passion in his later years, and they could do no wrong. He vacationed often with his loving sister, Carmela Xarras, and truly enjoyed their trips to Las Vegas and Mexico.
Steve was a courageous man; starting his own business later in life (at age 45) after a successful career in sales. His motto: "do it now" made the company, which is still run within the family and thriving today, a great success. Steve was a proud and determined man, always wanting the best for his family and sacrificing to provide all they needed. He was a man of tradition, defended the underdog, spoke up when others would not, and always had a new joke for the family.
Steve will be remembered as a proud and loving father, grandfather, and brother. He is finally at peace with his wife, Lucy, who is probably scolding him now for being late.
Steve leaves behind three children, Paula Gerde, Cindy Carfaro, Steve Carfaro Jr., as well as Steve Jr 's wife, Bethany; his five grandchildren; and his sister, Carmela Carfaro Xarras.
He was predeceased by his wife, Lucy (2009), and his son-in-law, James Gerde (2013).
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local Alzheimer's charity, as Steve suffered with this disease for many years. He is now golfing with the great ones and enjoying a glass of vino with his wife.
Funeral will be held Sat., May 18th at 1 pm at PadreSerra Church on Upland Rd. in Camarillo. A celebration of his life will be hosted at the home of Steve Carfaro Jr. immediately after the services. 71 La Patera Rd. on the Las Posas Estates in Camarillo.
Published in Sentinel & Enterprise from May 12 to May 15, 2013