Stephen J. Bourque

  • Born: August 12, 1959
  • Died: November 16, 2017
  • Location: Wakefield, Massachusetts

Barile Funeral Home

482 Main Street
Stoneham, MA 02180

Tel. 781.438.2280

Tribute & Message From The Family

Stephen J. Bourque, 58, beloved husband of Ivy (Sloan) Bourque, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House, with his wife at his side. Born in Medford, he is the son of Elizabeth (Jamieson) Bourque and the late John Harold Bourque.

Steve grew up in Stoneham and was a graduate of Northeastern Metropolitan Regional Vocational Technical High School in Wakefield. Steve was a talented woodworker and a project manager for many years at The Woodworks. He enjoyed gardening, working in the yard, cooking for his family, playing guitar and teaching the kids in the family the instrument he loved. Steve was a dedicated husband and father and a true Mr. Mom. He had a loving and kind way about him that made him a favorite among all his nieces and nephews. Steve found the good in everything and everyone and was truly an exemplary human being. His radiant blue eyes and genuine smile will forever be remembered by everyone he touched in life.

In addition to his wife, Ivy, of 27 years, he is survived by his daughter: Charnele Bridgeford and her husband Henry; brothers and sisters: Nancy Kanouff and her husband Charlie, Michael Bourque and his wife Mina, Michelle Trottier and her husband Ron, Lynda Allen and her husband Bruce and Stuart Sloan and his wife Jennifer; nieces and nephews: C.J. Kanouff and his wife Amy, Christopher Kanouff and Drew Kanouff, Serena Bourque, Jonathan Bourque, Holly Bourque, Melissa Trottier, Kevin Trottier, Samantha Wiechert and her husband Andrew and Taylor Sloan; and mother-in-law: Elise "Cookie" Sloan. He is predeceased by his father-in-law: Stanley Sloan.

Friends and family are cordially invited to gather and share memories with Steve's family at the Barile Family Funeral Home, 482 Main St. (RT 28), Stoneham, on Saturday, November 18th from 11am – 12:30pm. Immediately following the visitation at 12:30pm, there will be a remembrance service for Steve. Parking attendents and elevator are available.

His family warmly extends an invitation to join with them at the Montvale Plaza, on Montvale Ave, Stoneham, at the conclusion of the remembrance service to continue his REMEMBRANCE celebration.

His family requests, in response to Steve's wishes, that you write your favorite memory or bring a keepsake to be placed with Steve in memorial.

A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, November 20th at the Barile Funeral Home, at 12pm followed by the burial at Lakeside Cemetery in Wakefield.

Please consider making donations in Steve's Memory to Compassionate Care ALS, 752 W Falmouth Hwy, Falmouth, MA 02540.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Aunt Betty, Nancy, Michelle, Michael and Family --

I am so saddened to learn of Stephen's passing and so terribly sorry for your loss. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I have such nice memories of Stephen while growing up and remember him fondly as a sweet boy and Cousin. May God hold you all comfortingly in the palm of His hand.

Posted by Diane (Sullivan) Mahan - Sarasota, FL - Family   November 17, 2017

Hard to think of a memory of Steve without smiling. He was always giving so freely of his time to help brighten someone else's day. He was the perfect combination of our Mom & Dad getting each of their best qualities.
I'm sorry our time with him was shortened but he will live on in the beautiful legacy he created. My hopes are that Ivy, Charnele and Henry are comforted by all the wonderful memories that will be shared as we celebrate Steve's beautiful life.

Posted by Michelle Trottier - Middleton, MA - Sister   November 17, 2017

To say Steve will be missed is a huge understatement.There is a hole in the world now that Steve has passed. His kindness, generosity, caring, along with his ever present smile can never be replaced. He gave of himself endlessly and always said to "Pay it forward". It was an honor and a pleasure to have known him, as well as his wife and daughter. They are the family others strive to be. I pray for his entire family they find the strength to smile with all the wonderful memories they shared. Steve, I'm sure would not want any tears.......

Posted by Valerie Nesbitt - Mashpee, MA - Friend   November 17, 2017

No words can express how deeply saddened I feel. Steve was such an amazing husband, father, son, friend, co-worker and neighbor. He touched the lives of so many. He will missed by all who knew him. May the family gain strength from us all. Sending love and prayers to his family.

Posted by Sheila Dicicco - Mashpee, MA - Friend   November 17, 2017

I am so sad to hear of Stephen's passing. He was such a sweet person who always had a smile on his face. He will be missed.

Posted by Kellee Donegan - Clearwater, FL - Friend   November 17, 2017