Pacific Grove – Stephen Bennett Bishop, known to his friends and family as Steve, died on April 17, 2014, after a short illness. He was born in Milwaukee, WI on February 26, 1931, to Winifred Alaine Stanz and Clyde Erskine Gray. He was adopted by Herbert Bennett Bishop at the age of three and was raised in the Los Angeles area for most of his childhood. Steve graduated from Northwestern Military Academy (WI); attended Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut; and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Boston University.
Steve's early career was in radio and TV broadcast journalism in Massachusetts and in Sacramento, San Francisco and Fresno, California. In the early 1960s, he was a partner in establishing the first FM station in Monterey. That station is now known as KWAV.
Steve was a writer, a photographer, and a voice performer, and his life was characterized by his amazing ability to communicate in person and through media. He had a freelance writing and photography business at one time, and was co-owner of The Encounter Coffee House in Carmel Valley from 1969-1971.
Steve subsequently worked as an editor for Litton Industries on their contract with the U.S. Army Experimentation Command, followed by his position as Chief of Publications for the Naval Environmental Prediction Research Facility at the Naval Postgraduate School Annex, from which he retired in 1996. During this time, Steve and his wife, Carol, had an American Indian Arts business, Red Rock Arts, which allowed them to travel extensively in the Southwest, enjoy and share their love of Native American arts and culture, and form personal friendships with many Native American artists and craftspeople.
Following his retirement, Steve drove for American International Transportation Services in Monterey, and enjoyed the camaraderie with the other drivers and the interesting people he transported. He retired completely in 2007 at the age of 76.
Steve celebrated 36 years of continuous sobriety and served in the recovery community in many capacities over the years, including sponsorship and bringing recovery meetings into the prisons and recovery facilities. He gave of his time as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, Hospice of the Central Coast and Kinship Center. In his leisure time, Steve loved working with wood, and in the past several years he built intricate wooden models of work boats, tugboats and fishing boats. For many years up until his last illness, he could be found each morning on the walking trail at Asilomar or at Pebble Beach, with his wife, Carol, and their dog. All the other dogs on the trail were happy to see him because they knew that he carried treats in his pockets for them. He was truly an animal lover.
Steve is survived by his wife of 47 years, Carol J. Bishop of Pacific Grove; his daughter, Sandra (Joseph) Conti and three grandchildren, Patrick A. Conti, Mark V. Conti and Nicholas V. Conti, all of New Castle, PA; sister-in-law, Helene Winston of Rye Brook, NY; nieces, Gwen Winston (Bernie Quigley) of ME; Amy Winston (Steve Samuel) of Yardley, PA; and Daniel Winston (Lori Amer) of Scarsdale, NY; eight great-nieces and nephews; his half-sisters, Julie Gray Pounds and Jean Gray Nelson of Bremerton, WA. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother-in-law, Samuel Winston of Rye Brook, NY; his grandson, Michael A. Mikkanen, Jr. of New Castle, PA.
Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, May 10, at 1:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church on Sunset in Pacific Grove, with a reception to follow in Grantham Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Steve's memory to Meals on Wheels, The SPCA for Monterey County, Kinship Center, or
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