• STEPHEN D. WAITE
    October 9, 2020

    Stephen D. Waite, 73, of Chittenango, passed away on Friday, October 9th, 2020. He was born in Corinth, NY, on November 7th, 1946 to Lloyd Waite and Thelma (Herman) Waite. Steve was married to his wife Judith (Thompson) for 45 good and full years. They celebrated their anniversary on August 16th this year with a tasty and filling dinner from Kirby’s. After graduating from the Hadley-Luzerne school district, Steve attended SUNY Albany for undergraduate and graduate college. He had many wonderful college friends, experiences, and teachers that he reminisced about often. Steve taught math for the Chittenango School District for 35 years. Students remembered him as a kind and dedicated man, and his colleagues remembered him as a caring person and an average card player. For the school, he coached soccer and track & field, where he worked with the weight men. As well, he coached for the Sullivan Community Council, including softball, baseball, soccer, and basketball. He was race chairman for the Yellow Brick Road Run for the Chittenango Lions Club for 13 years. Over the decades, he was a dedicated member of the Lions Club, the St. Patrick’s Knights of Columbus, the Sullivan Free Library Book Group, and the Canastota Jaycees. He acted in Greg Ellstrom’s summer plays and was a docent for the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum and the Canastota Canal Town Museum. He attended every concert, play, game, match, and school event that his kids were involved in. Steve watched as many SU basketball games and episodes of Jeopardy as possible, and he was a wiz at crossword puzzles. Steve could start a conversation with anyone, whether they wanted one or not. Steve loved reading, history, and a good folk or blues song, sometimes all at once. He always had a good story waiting and had an encyclopedic knowledge of baseball and many other topics. His favorite drink was a Rob Roy, but scotch with an ice cube would do. Steve was predeceased by his parents and his brother Cliff. He is survived by his wife Judy; his children Bob (Vestal), Dave (Chittenango), and Michele (Albany); his sister Diane (Jack) Rhodes of Corinth; and aunt Barbara Druck of Lake Luzerne. As well, he loved and appreciated his many nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends. Calling hours will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, October 15th at G. F. Zimmer Funeral Home 702 Legion Drive, Chittenango. Masks and social distancing are required. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted on Friday, October 16th, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Chittenango. Due to COVID capacity restrictions attendees are asked to visit www.stpatrickschittenango.com or call the parish office at 315-687-6105 to register to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you send donations to the Chittenango Lions Club or the Sullivan Food Cupboard.

    G.F. ZIMMER F.H.

    CHITTENANGO 315-687-3366

     

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    Thinking of you and your family.

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    Judy, Bob, Dave and Michele, Ruth and I are very saddened to hear of Steve's passing. As a Chittenango Lions I have and known and worked with Steve many years. Together "We Served" on the Yellow Brick Road race, Christmas tree sale and other club activities. Steve always referred to me as the only person in the club who knew where Corinth and Lake Luzerne were.. I lived and graduated from Fort Edward and spent many times in that area. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Always remember the fond memories. RIP

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    Dear Michele, I am so sorry to hear about your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. May GOD bless your father and may he rest in peace. Leslie Frank TIAA

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    Michele, Dave, Bob, and Mrs. Waite, Your dad was a remarkable man and we know how much he was beloved by you and all in the community. Michele, it is hard to find the right words to send you peace and comfort during your loss. We are praying for you and your family and are here for you. I'll never forget your dad's huge heart and laugh. All our love and strength to you.

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    Sorry for you guys. Steve was the best. We cannot attend services but we always will remember him. Sorry for your loss. We cannot attend but will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. What a great guy. Don and Anne. god bless.

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    Dear Judy, We are so sorry to hear about Steve! He and Alan certainly spent a lot of LIons time together! He will surely be missed. We wish we could give you a hug but since we are 2,500 miles away, well, consider this note as a hug. With much love-Alan and Nora

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    My sincere condolences to the entire Waite family for your loss. Stephen was a great teacher and great guy. He will be dearly missed by many people from Chittenango High School.

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