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January 16, 1947 - March 22, 2013
Steve was born in Brooklyn, New York to Jack and Margaret Bergen Doncourt.
As possibly stated, like in a birthday card Steve recently received, "When the new mother inquired about the baby, the delivering physician told her, 'Lady, I just deliver them. I don't explain them!" As we all know, Steve once in a while had some explaining himself to do during his 66 years.
Growing up in Blue Point, Long Island established his strong sense of family. Steve was a protective and loving big brother. His Uncle Bud, Martin Bergen, a New York City detective, tried to nurture the serious side of Steve, but his mother, Bea, encouraged his antics. Ultimately, as everyone who knew Steve knows, Bea won, and his zest and passion for life was established and nurtured while totally irritating Uncle Bud.
On December 30, 1980 Steve married the love of his life, Adrienne, in Manhattan. Other surviving family includes: his sister, Denise Doncourt Schaub and her husband Tom; stepson, Corbett Simpson; in-laws, Mary and Reece Lann, Marty and Randy Smith; cousin Richard Frey and his wife Lee; nephews, Russell Schaub, Tom Schaub, Jr., and Seth Langner. He is missed by his adored pets, Halley and Newman, as he missed those he lost before, Taylor, Agatha, Hagar, Babe, Bogey, Wallace, Jackson and Lisa Marie.
Steve graduated from University of Texas El Paso. During those college years, as with all things, he threw himself into whatever subject was at hand, which turned out to be his love of Mexican food. He never relinquished his quest for the perfect taco or chili recipes, collecting odd and unusual hot sauces wherever he could find them.
During his life, Steve had many accomplishments including: Chairperson for the 2003 Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, General Manager for National Distributing Company, participation in many community charities, and most importantly, TWO holes in one. Boom-shakalaka!
Steve was opinionated, provoking, exasperating and boisterous. Because he was also warm-hearted, gregarious, sentimental, loyal, charming, persistent, generous, devoted and more, the package was endearing, as all his family and friends will attest.
Steve was a collector extraordinaire. Hats, canes, watches, NASCAR memorabilia, signature golf balls, golf equipment (some helped, some didn't), fishing equipment (saltwater, freshwater and fly, of course) are some of his many collections. Adrienne is considering opening a Christmas shop, his favorite time of year, to divest herself of an attic crammed with holiday decorations. But the most important and largest of Steve's collections were his friends.
A celebration of Steve's life will be held, Friday, April 5, 2013, 4-7pm at 5 Eleven Palafox, in Pensacola, Florida. If you would like to attend, please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In lieu of flowers, Adrienne requests donations be made to ARC Gateway Foundation, 3932 North 10th Avenue, Pensacola, Florida 32503.
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Mar. 28, 2013