WILLIMANTIC, Conn. — A Celebration of Life will be held Nov. 2 at the VFW, 1415 West Main, Willimantic, Conn., from 2-5 p.m. for Stephen E. Allcroft, A big, kind-hearted young man, known by many, who fought a great fight against an ugly and too prevalent disease called cancer — and lost on Sept. 30. He became ill in the spring of 2012. His tolerance of treatment has amazed medical people, family and friends.
Steve grew up in West Hartford, Conn., though born June 17, 1960 in Brooklyn, N.Y. where his father was an architectural student. He got his GED in January 1978 and went into the Marines. Upon his honorable discharge he started attending Central Connecticut State College. Earning money appealed more to him in sales of siding and replacement windows. Later he worked at the Seafarer and managed restaurants in the area before moving to South Carolina.
Moving back to Connecticut in 2002 he did tire and lube at Wal-Mart in Windam. He began to excel in photography and as a graphic artist. He was on the BOD and on the Steering Committee of WAAC.
He’d had a camera in his hand from age 5. He loved riding his mountain bike on Talcott Mountain with his brothers and friends. He spent time learning about Judaism in the South. He also learned a lot about lifestyles of the Native Americans living among them in Connecticut where he became a certified Herbalist. He also became an ardent motorcyclist.
He leaves his mother, Maryann, of Perkinsville; two brothers, Kevin, his wife, Kay, two sons, Kyle and Kody of Bangor, Maine and Kris, his wife, Dawn, and daughter, Sophia of Chicago, Ill.; a sister, Alissa, her husband, Rob Barrow, and daughter, Jacqueline, of Enfield, Conn.; many relatives and friends around the globe.
He was predeceased by his father, Richard; grandparents, Doris and Albert Allcroft and Betty and Elmer Emery.
In lieu of flowers, donations to charity of your choice in his name.
This obituary first appeared in the October 17, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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