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Stephen Pauley
  • December 29, 1947
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  • May 08, 2021

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Stephen B. Pauley, loving husband, father, brother, grandpa and friend, died Saturday after a valiant struggle with Covid pneumonia. He was 73.

Steve had many names — Uncle, Dad, Bad Santa and, to his grandchildren, Big Daddy — and he embraced each one with great love and humor.

 Proud of his (South Charleston) West Virginia roots, Steve was a Vietnam veteran who served in the Navy on the destroyer USS Douglas H. Fox from 1967-1972. After the war, he worked for UPS and then founded and ran Automated Gates and Access Systems (AGAS) for many years in Central Florida and New Smyrna Beach.

Steve, a graduate of the University of Central Florida School of Business, was proud of his service in Vietnam and his successful career, but love of family and friends were always front and center. Work was a means to an end — his main purpose being to enjoy life to the fullest and to spread love and good cheer wherever he went.

 Part Jimmy Buffett, part Steve Martin, part Santa Claus, he made people laugh and enjoy the magic of each moment. Steve was a lover of music — especially Jimmy Buffett, Willie Nelson and Bob Seger.

Steve leaves one simple thought behind to the rest of us: “Do the right thing.”

He is survived by his devoted wife, Cathy; children Erin Burke (Chris Burke), Stephen Booth (Julie Booth); sister Clara Young; brother Thomas Kelly Pauley; stepchildren Kristen Smith (Melissa McGuire), Ashley Recchi (Brian Recchi), Sarah Williams (Taylor Williams), Sam Smith (Danya Dochterman); and six grandchildren Kendall Recchi, Graham Recchi, Christopher Smith, Quinn Smith, Connor Booth and Anastasya Booth.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org) and Camp Boggy Creek (boggycreek.org).

Services will be held at Saint Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church in New Smyrna Beach on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 1 pm. In honor of Steve, please wear a mask and get vaccinated to help others who are immuno-compromised, as Steve was.

Baldwin Brothers Funeral Home (386) 428-2424 is in charge of arrangements.

 

I’ve lived my life to the fullest

And done the deeds I thought best

I’ve experienced life’s joy and sorrows

And touched on all the rest.

I’ve had good friends and relations

Which meant the world to me.

I’ve followed a path different

Than some would have liked to see.

Don’t mourn my passing on.

Don’t try to understand.

Just know that I loved you all

And that was my life’s plan.

Sbp 7/24/96

 


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  1. Chad & Jill Carlton lit a candle:
    17 May 2021
    Lit since May 17, 2021 at 5:49:01 PM

  2. Andy hyltin says:
    14 May 2021
    Cindi and Andy will be eternally great full for the role Pauley played in our lives.
    Much love and good memories our friend!

  3. Linda Small says:
    14 May 2021
    We loved Steve very much, he was fun – crazeee fun and we will hold him in our hearts always. Gone too soon for sure. Jim and Linda Rahm

  4. Linda Small posted an image:
    14 May 2021
    Holding court with Barnacle Bill at the MASH Hangar party clearly trying to convince someone he didn’t do it!
    Holding court with Barnacle Bill at the MASH Hangar party clearly trying to convince someone he didn’t do it!

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  9. Deanna Magee says:
    14 May 2021
    My deepest condolences to “Uncle Funny”. Growing up, he always kept my brother and I laughing. My deepest condolences to all that knew him. Joe (McCloskey) will be so happy to be reunited with him. ❤️

  10. Debbie McCloskey says:
    14 May 2021
    Steve had such a presence and infectious laugh. I’ll miss those smiling eyes and how he would tease us!! So many great memories. Can only imagine the party in Heaven. Joe and his Buddy are reunited!!
    Love and prayers to you Cathy and all the family.

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  15. Susan Wagner says:
    13 May 2021
    Steve reached to our hearts at the deepest and most joyful levels. He was one of the first people I met when I came to NSB twenty years ago. And he understood it all -- the joy, the heartbreak, the love--of family and friendships. Thank you to his wonderful family for sharing him with us. Cathy, you brought a spirit to his life -- which only could have been there through your many years of friendship. May all of the family know the love and comfort that surrounds him now. With many prayers. Susan Wagner Carter and Bob Carter

  16. pugharvey says:
    12 May 2021
    One hell of a guy!

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  20. Bill &Mary Gerlach says:
    12 May 2021
    Dear Coop - and family and friends,
    This is such a deep loss. We extend our arms around all that loved Steve, enjoyed his uniqueness, appreciated his service to our country and especially his ZEST for living ... we are deeply sad to lose him - as our friend and fellow family of our church - Saint Peter’s. We will miss his laugh- his twinkle in his eyes and hope that the angels and The Father above will embrace him forever.

  21. Cathy Smith posted an image:
    12 May 2021
    Steve at Tony and Joe’s.
    Steve at Tony and Joe’s.

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  25. Brenda Bailey says:
    11 May 2021
    Uncle Steve, there are no words to express how much you will be missed for those of us Left Behind. You impacted so many lives with your smile , your laughter and jokes. I recall a lot of tummy cramping from laughing so hard, and times I almost peed my pants! I will love and miss you always, and you will never be forgotten. I know you were met with opened arms❣

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