Stephen Spadorcia Obituary, Funeral Notice – Stephen A. Spadorcia, a beloved resident of Braintree, passed away on July 9, 2023, at the age of 56. Born in Quincy and raised in Braintree, Stephen was a well-known and respected member of the community. He had a vibrant personality and a passion for life that touched the hearts of those around him. Stephen’s educational journey began at Sacred Heart High School in Weymouth, where he graduated with the Class of 1985.
He furthered his studies at the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, earning a Bachelor’s degree. During his time at Wentworth, Stephen showcased his talent and love for basketball by playing on the college’s team. He remained passionate about sports throughout his life and also participated in men’s softball leagues and enjoyed playing golf. Professionally, Stephen worked as a salesman in merchant services for many years. However, he also had an entrepreneurial spirit and once owned and operated Central Plastering of Braintree, taking over the family business from his father upon his retirement.
Music was a significant part of Stephen’s life, and he decided to pursue his passion for it by learning to play the bass guitar. This led to the formation of a band called The Heavyweights, which became an outlet for Stephen’s creativity and brought him immense joy. Additionally, he was fond of hosting gatherings and had a talent for cooking. Stephen’s cooking endeavors were often shared through cooking shows on Facebook called “Listen up Gimbrone’s.” He had a reputation for being a spectacular host, and his home, complete with a beautiful in-ground pool, walls, patios, gardens, and a bocce court, was an oasis for his family and friends.
Stephen valued family traditions and holidays, and he dedicated himself to being a devoted son. Alongside his wife, Heather, and their daughters, Gianna and Francesca, Stephen spent the last decade caring for his aging parents, Grammy and Papa. They were a prominent presence at family gatherings, always singing and playing the accordion. Stephen’s dedication to his family extended to supporting his daughters in their various activities and accomplishments. He cherished the time spent with them, whether it was coaching their basketball teams, embarking on family trips, or enjoying a Sunday family dinner with his signature sauce.
Heather, Stephen’s wife of twenty years, held a special place in his heart, and he always put her first. Their bond was built on love, support, and mutual respect, and Stephen strived to be the best husband and supporter he could be.
In addition to his wife, Heather, Stephen is survived by his two daughters, Gianna and Francesca, who were the pride and joy of his life. He was also a cherished son of Pasquale and Frances Spadorcia, and a loving brother to Louis Spadorcia and his wife Linda, as well as James Spadorcia and his partner Stephanie Palermo. Stephen was a dear son-in-law of John F. MacDonald Jr., Joyce A. McFadden, and her husband Jerry Manning. He was a brother-in-law to Kara Flanagan and her husband Sean, John F. MacDonald III, and Terri MacDonald. Stephen also leaves behind his cousin David Gangi, who was more like a brother to him, along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, dear friends, and his loyal companion, Murphy, the family’s 11-year-old Australian Labradoodle.
A memorial Funeral Mass will be held at Saint John the Baptist Church in Quincy on Saturday, July 15, at 10 a.m. The family has requested that attendees wear bright colors to celebrate Stephen’s vibrant life.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Stephen’s memory to support his daughters’ education through the GoFundMe page established for this purpose. Alternatively, checks can be made payable to College America, with c/o Kara Flanagan, 147 Fern Street, Hartford, CT 06105 indicated as the recipient.
Stephen A. Spadorcia’s passing has left a void in the lives of his family, friends, and the community he touched. His warm heart, passion for life, and unwavering love for his family will be remembered and cherished by all who knew him.