Gloucester, MA — Our beloved Stephen DeBoer, 60, of Gloucester, MA, passed away at his happy home here in East Gloucester on December 26th. He was warmly surrounded by family and friends for the entire length of this trying time and on his last day here on this earth.
He was born in Germany, adopted by Stewart and the late Helene DeBoer, and brought back to the States. As a child he traveled the world with his parents and then as a young adult attended University of Connecticut for a brief time. From there he was very proud to obtain his Merchant Marine License and sail the seas of Norway, Scotland, Chile, and Brazil from 1970-1980. From there he worked for W.E. Ground as a trained estimator for commercial remodeling jobs. This experience led to what became his 25 year legacy of making movies in the Local 481 as a Carpenter, Propmaker, Forman, and Gang Boss for many movies made in the area and beyond, including: The Perfect Storm, Blown Away, The Witches of Eastwick, Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River, Grown Ups, The Women, Mall Cop, and so many more. More recently he was happy to tell friends about his cameo debut as bartender in the movie “Ted,” in addition to his carpentry role. We are proud of his contributions as a veteran member of this craft.
He loved his family and hundreds of his adoring friends. He is survived by his loving wife, Laureen Adrienne Maher; his father Stewart DeBoer and wife Corrie; his children, adoring daughter Sarah Luciani and her husband Brad, and their beautiful children Brad Jr., Gabe, and Brice; his sons Dane DeBoer and Brian Madden and his wife Leah and their son Eliot, his former wife and dear friend Regina Rice Barker, and her loving parents Ed and Wilma Rice and their whole family that he was very close to and loved. He will also be very much missed by his wife’s family, especially her daughter, Alexa. The “Rio Sindoni,” community, his special neighborhood family, will also cherish the memories of peace and goodwill that he always exemplified. He was always the life of the party and loved life and lived it his way. To all of his friends, and from his own words, he says, “I loved you all…sail on sail on.”
ARRANGEMENTS: A celebration of his life to take place at The Elks at Bass Rocks, Gloucester, MA, Sunday, December 30, 2-5pm.