Stephen Eric Bristol Sr, age 93, formerly of Mt. Warner Road, Hadley, died peacefully on Thursday November 1, 2018 at the home of his loving and devoted daughter and son in law in Easthampton.
Stephen was born in Lincoln, Vermont on August 2, 1925 and was the son of the late George and Edith (Hurlburt) Bristol. He moved to Hadley at the age of two and was educated in the public schools and graduated from Hopkins Academy in the class of 1943. Stephen worked for his family's farm until 1954 when he opened Bristol Brother's service station and later was a supervisor at the UMASS Physical Plant Motor Pool before his retirement.
Anyone who knew Stephen will remember him as a loving, hardworking man who dedicated himself to his family. In his spare time, he enjoyed boating, fishing, camping, square dancing and was an avid fan of the Red Sox and Nascar racing. Stephen also was a long-time member of the Knights of Columbus #1619.
Stephen married the love of his life Cecelia McLean in 1946, and they spent 69 wonderful years together before her passing in 2016. Stephen was also predeceased by three brothers, Loyd, Merrit, George Bristol and two sisters, Nina
Wojtowicz and Grace Johnson. He is survived by his daughter Karen and her husband Eric from Easthampton, his son Stephen Jr. and his wife Elaine of Little Compton, RI. He will be deeply missed by his adored grandchildren, Eric Bristol and Beth, Lauren Gunther, Laura Van Horn and Kristian, Rebeccah Gunther and her partner Peter Rooney. He also leaves his great grandchildren, Ella, Graham, Rhiannon, Scarlett, Reid, extended family and friends to cherish his memory.
Stephen's family would like to give a special thanks to the offices of Dr. Deborah Smith, Dr. Ross Midler and the Cooley Dickinson Hospice team for their care and support. Also, they would like to thank the Arbors of Amherst, which became his new home and the staff became a second family.
Visiting Hours will be held on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00PM at the Graham Funeral Home, 18 Adams Street, Easthampton, MA whom honorably and proudly has been entrusted with providing for Stephen's care and services. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Steve's honor to CDH Hospice or Mass General Cancer, Development Office, P.O. Box 329, Northampton, MA 01061-0329