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Celebrating the life of
Stephen Mark Schwartz
January 26, 1945 - January 28, 2024
In Loving Memory of Stephen Mark Schwartz
Stephen Mark Schwartz, was born on January 26, 1945, in Colchester, CT to his mother Essie Josephson and his father, Milton Schwartz.. He peacefully departed this world on January 28, 2024 in Savannah GA, with his eldest child, Earth (Amy) and their wife Jessie by his side. He was 79 years old. He is survived by his children, Earth and Matthew and his sister, Terry. He is preceded in death by his brother Bob and both parents.
Stephen's journey through life was marked by a diverse tapestry of experiences and a commitment to excellence. He spent his formative years in Brooklyn, where he attended Abraham Lincoln High School and later served honorably in the Marine Reserves in San Diego. Stephen's dedication and sense of duty were evident in all aspects of his life.
Stephen's life took a new and joyous turn when he met the love of his life, Lynne, during a geology class at City College of New York. Together, they embarked on a beautiful journey that included raising two children, Earth and Matthew, in New City, NY. Their shared love of their Jewish culture and laughter, created a foundation for a tight-knit family.
Highly intelligent and driven, Stephen earned Masters Degrees in Computer Science and Business, reflecting his passion for technology and entrepreneurship. His intellect and innovative spirit made lasting contributions to the professional world and in all the places he enjoyed learning about many random facts and was the Dad that knew everything.
Steve was an amateur, senior pro golfer, celebrated for his expertly smooth swing. Locally, at The Landings, he became synonymous with the artistry of golf, leaving an indelible mark on the community with his skill and love for the sport. He enjoyed many years playing competitively with local golf friends and in tournaments around the country.
In retirement, Steve and Lynne realized their dream of a blissful life in Savannah. At The Landings, they built their dream house and enjoyed the Southern charm and hospitality that Savannah offered. Here they found newfound joy in retired life, while even busier than before retirement! They shared many wonderful years together, embracing their different interests and shared ones, like traveling the world together.
Tragically, after 51 years together, Stephen's life turned upside down with the passing of his beloved soul mate, Lynne on March 2nd, 2021. Stephen had already been battling memory loss, but after losing Lynne, his Alzheimer's disease progressed quickly. For the last three years his daughter, Earth, stepped in as his primary caregiver, ensuring his independence, safety and comfort as much as possible. Despite these profound losses and challenges, Stephen continued to embrace life with resilience and courage.
Stephen Mark Schwartz is a man of honor, who believed in doing the right thing as opposed to the easy thing. He was a loving husband, father, savvy businessman, marine, friend, and a talented, passionate golfer. He’d often say, “actions speak louder than words” and his wisdom will live on in his children and those he loved. May he rest in eternal peace. May his memory be a blessing as he is reunited with the love of his life.
A graveside service to celebrate Stephen’s life will be held at Bonaventure cemetery on Wednesday January 31 @ 3pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent in the family name to the Edel Caregiver Institute, which greatly supports the caregivers getting the support that is much needed when caring for their loved one.
Steve and Lynne were my neighbors for many years. Since I was an only child, Lynne became a sister to me. We both went to Israel and had the best time together. Steve was a wonderful father and friend. They always invited me to their house to celebrate Jewish holidays, birthdays and other special events. I will miss them both terribly, but I will always remember the wonderful times we shared. RIP Lynne and Steve.
- Fran Camhy, New City , New York