Steven B. Everton of Reading, MA, formerly of Melrose, MA, age 55, passed at the home of his parents on June 1, 2016, after bravely struggling with pancreatic cancer. He was the beloved son of Dr. Adelard P. Everton and Princess V. Everton of Reading, MA.
A graduate of Framingham State University, Steve was a Human Service Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Disabilities. He was a fierce advocate and defender of his clients and others who were disadvantaged. An avid collector of antiques, he was hooked from the age of 9 when he found an old square camera in a church tower, exploring with his father. Since that time, he was on a lifelong journey, seeking the unusual and was the consummate discoverer of rare items that others simply saw as junk. He would drag his coworkers into every thrift shop in the area.
He leaves a large number of close friends with whom he shared travel and other activities. He had a mischievous sense of humor that always made people laugh and he was always ready to help others. He was always very generous with his time, energy, spirit and resources. He was quietly spiritual and loved nature.
In addition to his parents, Steven will be greatly missed by his sister, Dr. Wendi J. Everton, his niece, Zoe and nephew, Jason of Storrs, CT. He is also survived by very close family members, aunt and uncle, Drs. Helen and Alan Gruber, cousins, Elizabeth Gruber, Dr. Kerry Gruber-Vella and their children, Anya, Sarah, Jacob and Noah, of Cohasset, MA.
All are welcome to attend visiting hours with the family at the Douglass, Edgerley & Bessom Funeral Home, 25 Sanborn St. (Cor. of Woburn St.) in Reading on Thursday, June 9, 2016 from 10:00-11:30 AM, followed by a memorial service at the First Baptist Church, 45 Woburn St., Reading at 11:30 AM.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Steven B. Everton Memorial Scholarship Fund, ECSU Foundation, 83 Windham Street, Willimantic, CT 06226.