Steven (Philip) Demers of Mansfield Center died in the arms of his beloved wife, Kathryn, on September 23 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was born May 15, 1954 in Southbridge, MA, and grew up in Woodstock Valley, CT. Steve graduated from Woodstock Academy and the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Early in his career, Steve was employed as a chef at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. As newlyweds, Steve and Kathryn traveled cross-country, stopping along the way to work and enjoy everything America had to offer. For 33 years, Steve was employed as a chef by Dining Services at the University of Connecticut, ending his career at South Campus. Steve leaves his wife Kathryn (Clark) Demers, his son Joshua and wife Lauren of Cromwell, son Jason and wife Brianna and twin grandsons Jackson and Landon of Ashford, sister Karen Demers and her life partner Cheryl Bertocchi of Killingly, brother David of Woodstock Valley, cherished nieces and nephew, and his faithful dog, Tia. Steve was predeceased by his parents, Roland and Irene Demers of Woodstock Valley. Steve adored his family, particularly his new twin grandsons. He loved his extended family and spent many special moments with the Clarks, DeMaios, and Joneses. Steve was an enthusiastic cyclist and rode many miles with his brother-in-law Kenny Jones. He liked to golf with his good friend Dave Gould, and play poker with his brother-in-law Bob DeMaio and the rest of the group. The annual golf/poker outings to Cape Cod were legendary. Steve also leaves his “work wife” Grace Danso with whom he had a special relationship, and his good friends and neighbors, Butch and Carol Storrs, with whom he spent many happy hours mulling the meaning of life. Steve’s good humor, helpful demeanor, and constant, cheerful whistling, will be missed by all who knew him. Steve’s family would like to thank the Hartford Hospital ninth floor Neuro Trauma Unit and Conklin hospice staff for their enduring professionalism and loving care. You are angels. A celebration of Steve’s life will be held at a future date. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc., www.ahernfuneralhome.com.
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