Stephen J. DiMaria

Date of Passing:

August 24, 2019

DiMaria, Stephen J., formerly of Warren, died unexpectedly on August 24, 2019 from complications of vascular disease.

Born on April 28, 1978, he graduated from Barrington High School in 1996. He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, The University of Rhode Island and graduated with high academic honors from the Community College of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College.

Stephen enjoyed gardening, fishing, cooking and especially in engaging in esoteric arguments. His intellectual capability allowed him the capacity to examine issues from many vantage points. He took the delight in learning new things.

He is survived by and was most proud of his sons, Shane and Seth DiMaria of Riverside, his greatest joy was spending time with them. He is also survived by his parents Joseph and Phyllis DiMaria of Warren and his former wife, Erin Leigh DiMaria of Riverside.

His funeral service will be held on Saturday August 31, 2019 in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME,350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 1:30 p.m. Calling hours are Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Stephen’s name to the CCRI Foundation, 400 East Avenue, Warwick, RI 02886 would be deeply appreciated.

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  1. Words About Stephen

    The unexpected death of my Cousin sent shock waves all the way down to me in Florida. I pray for the words to say and for God to comfort his family and community. He will be missed greatly but remembered often. Memories of my time with Stephen prompt me to share these words:

    I was never angry with Stephen; never disappointed or hurt by him. In my memories we had an abundance of comfort, home with Grandmas & Grandpas. Holiday gatherings with Aunties and Uncles were special times. Stephen was there with his blonde hair and cherub face, just as sweet and smart as could be! Being nearly 10 years younger than I, he was like a little doll (with a BIG vocabulary)!

    Stephen was very sharp and absorbed school and life in Barrington like a sponge. He grew in body and spirit so much between my visits with him. Next thing I knew he was driving! Uncle Joe was always up for fun with cars, so it is no wonder Stephen was ready to embrace that endeavor.

    When Shane and then Seth came into this world I was so excited to have them as Family members. Each one just as cute as Stephen was – sturdy, healthy and happy. Now THEY are driving! 41 years does not seem like a long time; however, it was enough time for Stephen to change our world with his life.

    I appreciate this opportunity to express these words. My purpose is to say that I loved Stephen very much and I know he loved me back. All of you – Auntie P, Uncle J, Shane, Seth, everyone he touched must know that he loved you very much too! I pray we find peace in the Lord.

  2. Phyllis and Joe
    Jane and I want to extend our deepest sympathy. At this most difficult time may you find strength in the warm, heartfelt wishes of the many friends you have. While saddened be proud.

  3. To the DiMaria family, My prayers are with you at this most difficult time. So sorry for you loss.

  4. Dear Joe and Phyllis,
    So sorry for your loss
    Carol Annarino

  5. When hearing the news of Stephen’s passing, the thought of the Maya Angelou poem came to mind and heart. ‘people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel’. I am grateful for my limited time getting to know Steve. Through our conversations and rides home on the bus from work, I know he loved his family and friends. His kindness that I could always feel when with him, will truly be his lasting legacy. I love you Joe and Phyllis and the whole DiMaria family. You’re in my heart and in my prayers, forever.

  6. Phyllis, Joe, Shane, Seth and Erin,

    We were deeply saddened to hear of Stephen’s untimely passing. There are few words that can truly share the heartfelt condolences that we send during this time of mourning.

    Much much love and all of our thoughts,

    Tim, Luz, Marianne, and Antonio

  7. So sorry to hear of Stephen’s passing. You are in our prayers

  8. To Joe, Phyllis, Shane, and Seth,
    I was so sorry to hear of Stephen’s passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time.

  9. I am so sorry for your heartbreaking loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Nancy and Howard

  10. My dear Joe and Phyllis, we are so heartbroken to hear about Stephen. There are no words. Please know that our prayers, thoughts and friendship will be with you always. Joe and Linda Sincerny

  11. Stephen you are gone way to soon but you have left us your robust legacy…. may your spirit continue to shine… I am holding you in the light… peace

  12. Aunt Phyllis and Uncle Joe I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Stephen. May God Bless you and keep you in his embrace. Seth and Shane I pray for strength for both of you. Much love to you all. Big Andrea and Cory

  13. Joe, Phyllis, Shane and Seth,
    I am so sorry to hear of your
    loss. May the good memories of Stephen get you through this most difficult time.

  14. To the DiMaria Family: Sending you heartfelt thoughts and prayers for peace during this difficult time and going forward .

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