U.S. Trust vice president, 50-year resident, nurtured wide circle of family and friends
Steve Darby. (Courtesy photo)
Stephen J. Darby Jr., 89, of Concord, formerly of Harvard, died at home on June 17, 2022.
A graduate of Public School 68 and Grover Cleveland High School, in Queens, Steve was the first in his family to attend college. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree on a full academic scholarship from Hofstra University, where he played lacrosse and met his devoted wife, Marjorie, of 67 years. Following his military service, he worked his way to a professional career in institutional investment, retiring as executive vice president of U.S. Trust. He and Marge lived in Harvard, on the Common, for 50 years.
Possessed of a seemingly indefatigable work ethic, he was driven by the necessity, while still in his 20s, of becoming the sole provider for four generations of family upon the sudden death of his father Stephen Sr.
It was his life’s work to provide an education for his children that would free them from financial worry, which he managed while attending as many school functions, plays, and athletic events as his busy schedule would allow—a devotion he was able to duplicate with his grandchildren. After a couple of hip surgeries, he gave up tennis to enjoy golfing with friends for many more active years. In a house filled with visiting friends, music, and summer campers all were welcome, and meals were events punctuated by hilarity and lively discussion that would frequently begin late and end much later.
In addition to his wife Marjorie, he is survived by Brian and Debra Darby, Glen and Julie Darby, Laura and Jim McNally, Karen Darby Scott and David Kloss, Marcella Shea Davis, 10 grandchildren, and an assortment of friends and relations still touched by their inclusion in a widely extended family where kids stayed over for a night or a summer, pets stayed for life, and the door was always open.
Family members will gather for a private burial service at Bellevue Cemetery in Harvard. A celebration of his life will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.
To share a memory or to offer a condolence in his online guestbook, please visit www.DeeFuneralHome.com.