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SOUTHINGTON - Steven Augustine Fernandes, 54, of Southington passed away on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 at Branford Hospice with his family at his side. He was the beloved husband of Deborah (Degnan) Fernandes for over 25 years.

Steve was born in Waterbury on Dec. 9, 1960, son of "Augie" and "Bolly" (Marinelli) Fernandes. He attended Southington High School, Western New England College, and Trenton State in New Jersey. He won the Division III National Wrestling Championship which earned him induction into the Southington Hall of Fame. His lifelong career was fire protection, making buildings safe from fire for us all. His passion was wrestling, facilitating athletic ability while bringing others to the next level.

Besides his wife and parents, he is survived by siblings, Joseph Fernandes and wife, Patricia, Dina DeGumbia and husband, David, all of Southington, and Edward Fernandes and wife, Eileen, of Chicago, Ill.; along with several nieces and nephews, whom he was like a "Dad" to. He also leaves his sisters-in-law, Darlene, Marlene, AnneMarie, Roxanne; and brother-in-law, Scott; and also his" two children in fur coats", Matilda and Malone.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Calvary Life Church,174 E. Johnson Ave, Cheshire. Family and friends will meet directly at church. Calling hours will be on Friday, Sept. 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Donations may be made to the Steven Fernandes Wrestling Scholarship Fund, c/o First Niagara Bank, 1157 Highland Ave., Cheshire, CT, 06410.
For directions and online condolences visit www.dellavecchiafh.com.
Published in The Record-Journal on Sept. 17, 2015
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