Stephen” Pikey” Michael Pessimato, 74, passed away Monday, September 23, 2019 at home. Born in Springfield, July 28th, 1945, he was the son of the late Helen Polykarpous and Louis Pessimato. Upon earning his high school diploma from Springfield Trade High, he immediately enlisted in the United States Army. He was stationed in Mannheim, Germany and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. Stephen was a hard worker and was employed with the Springfield Public Schools and Springfield Republican for many years, even going as far as working 24 hour shifts well into his 70’s. A true sports fan, he faithfully watched almost every game of his beloved Red Sox and idolized childhood hero Ted Williams, and was happy to see his team win four World Series championships. Steve also enjoyed watching the Three Stooges and Soupy Sales. He was an avid walker, going for strolls nearly every day, rain, snow or shine. Steve also loved swimming and made frequent trips to the town “res” in West Side. He had a strong Catholic faith and religiously attended Mass every Saturday at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish and helped the church as well as the Catholic organizations anytime he could. He leaves behind his beloved only son, Joseph Gregory Pessimato and his wife Jessica Pessimato, of Woburn, MA, sisters Patricia “ Patsy” Howard of ME, Donna Starr of FL, Carol Parker of NY, brother Tommy Polykarpous and his wife Jo-Anne Polykarpous of NY, sister in law Joan Polykarpous of FL, cousins Nancy Lecours of FL, Joe Wysocki of OK, Toni Wysocki from CT, several cousins, nieces, and nephews and his former wife Lita Biske and her husband Gary of CT. He was predeceased by his loving grandmother Anna Bednarz, step father Jacovos “Jacko” Polykarpous, brother Edward “Eddie” Polykarpous, sister Deborah Sica, and brother-in-law Steve Starr. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday October 1st, 2019 9:30-10:45am at Toomey O’Brien Funeral Home, 1043 Westfield St., West Springfield, with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11:15 am St. Thomas the Apostle Church. Burial will follow in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Assn., 2275 Silas Deane Hwy. First Floor N. Unit 9, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.
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