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Stephen McGee
  • August 04, 1951
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  • January 09, 2020

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Stephen (Steve) B. McGee

August 4, 1951 to January 9, 2020

Steve passed away at home in Longwood, Florida after a long journey with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). In spite of his disability he accomplished much in furthering his education and career.

Steve was born on August 4, 1951 in Daytona Beach, Florida to Harry R. McGee and Eileen Force McGee.  The family moved to Northern Virginia when Steve was a young child.  He graduated from Annandale High School in Fairfax County, Virginia where he was a member of the marching band and also played in concert bands in the area.

He attended the College of William and Mary for two years where he made many lifelong friends.  He worked as an Audio Visual Technician at Hoppmann Corporation and then at Kings Dominion theme park in Virginia.

After being diagnosed with MS in 1980, he moved his wife and children to Daytona Beach.  He attended Stetson University earning a degree in Finance in 1983.  He later earned his MBA at the University of Central Florida in 1991 and was working on his PhD when he decided to return to banking.  He was involved in several startup community banks in Daytona. 

Retiring on disability in 2003 he spent his time following the news and politics, listening to music and laughing with his family and friends. 

He leaves behind his wife of 44 years, Beth McGee, his daughter Valarie Urquhart (Pat), his son Ian (who served as his main caregiver for over a decade), two sisters Debbie Allred and Melanie Fleger (Steve), three grandchildren and five great grand children.


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  1. David Hayden Lowe says:
    31 Jan 2020
    Steve was my lifelong friend and I will miss him. Our friendship spans nearly 55 years. They say one is blessed to have friendships lasting a lifetime and that most could count on one hand the number of such friends. Steve's friendship with me was just so.

    I send my regrets to his family for not being able to attend his memorial and the celebration of his life. Peace be with you.

  2. Mike Lowe lit a candle:
    22 Jan 2020
    Lit since January 22, 2020 at 1:50:37 PM

  3. Mike Lowe says:
    22 Jan 2020
    I would like to extend my apology in advance for not being able to attend Steve's memorial service this week. Since I heard of his passing, I've been thinking back on all the good times Steve and I shared when we were in high school and the couple of years after when he attended William and Mary. He was a very special person in my life and I am very fortunate to have known him.

    He overcame so many physical issues as an adult but I never heard him complain about his lot in life. He was always upbeat, opinionated about politics and could hold his own in any argument about the current state of affairs in our government. We shared similar musical interests as we were both in the Annandale High School band and our shared interests extended into the world of rock & roll. Steve was a lover of music and played a pretty mean trombone in high school.

    One summer, I recall visiting Steve at William & Mary where he invited me to go swimming at Lake Matoka. The lake was absolutely beautiful and there was a rope swing on the far side of the lake. We swam across, climbed up the bank and swung out over the water for what seemed felt like a mile and dropped into the lake. We spent most of the day there until we were both so tired and waterlogged it was time to make our way back to his apartment.

    Although I didn't see much of Steve after he moved to Florida, he and I remained good friends talking occasionally on the phone. I am saddened by his passing but am a far better person for having known him. Thank you for your friendship my friend. You will be missed but never forgotten.

  4. MKP lit a candle:
    18 Jan 2020
    Lit since January 18, 2020 at 1:56:04 PM

  5. Jay Nedry says:
    17 Jan 2020
    A remarkable human with a keen wit, ready smile, and an innate kindness. We met as Freshman, drank beer, vilified Nixon and his ilk, and listened and liked the same types of music. We were both band nerds from Fairfax County who loved the marching band and Souza marches. His strength and fortitude during unimaginably difficult days was inspiring to all of us. Vio con Dios me amigo.

  6. Joan says:
    17 Jan 2020
    With joy and sadness I think about my friend. Joy of knowing Steve, of Sharing a history, and of Getting to know your family. Sadness that I will not be able to hear your thoughts on the state of the world and of this country. No more discussions or sharing crazy memories. I will miss you but am richer that you were part of my life.

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