Stephen J. Dame II

Stephen J. Dame II was born in Winchester, Mass. on September 6, 1989. From his very youngest days, Stephen was a gregarious fun-loving boy, who brought joy and pride to his parents, family and friends. Stephen and his beloved younger brother Chris grew up in a loving and supportive household, with devoted parents Steve and Karen. As a young child Stephen spent many happy hours in his back yard swimming and playing with his brother Chris and friends Jaryd, Kristen and Rachel.

Activity in sports was a passion for Stephen. There was no sport or challenge he wouldn't try, and excel at.  He played baseball, soccer, ran track, skateboarded, snowboarded, and more recently worked out with his dad at the gym. But his athletic focus was on one sport, ice hockey.  Steve’s mom and dad fully supported Stephen's success as a hockey player. His dad would build a backyard hockey rink in the winter so he could play hockey with his friends. Stephen was Captain of his middle school team, and as a freshman made the Tewksbury varsity high school team. Stephen especially enjoyed playing with his close friend Rollie Jenkins on the "New England Stars" hockey team.

As he went into his high school years, Stephen made friends with a group of kids who became a big part of his life. They enriched his life beyond measure.  As Stephen listed in his Facebook profile when referring to his friends, he said “…they are the best ones, I couldn’t ask for anything more.” Stephen’s parents agreed.

In September 2008, Stephen was proud to enter Suffolk University as a Freshman. Stephen decided to commute into Boston rather than live on campus since he said he didn’t want to leave his home.  Even though Stephen was only able to attend Suffolk for around a month, he had already made friends and had an impact on both students and professors at the school.

Though his life ended far too soon, we are all blessed with having known such a wonderful young man who left quite a legacy. Stephen left a positive impact on the lives of all of us. To quote from one of the hundreds of tributes to Stephen:

"You had one of the kindest souls I've ever encountered"