Stephen Paul McMann, 62, passed away in the early hours of Jan. 29, 2014, at home in Jefferson, N.H., in the area where he had spent his entire lifetime. Steve was born Sept. 28, 1951 at Fort Eustis, Va., the son of Paul Lincoln and Leonora (Tibbetts) McMann.

Steve graduated from White Mountains Regional High School in 1969, and following graduation he studied graphics for a year. He worked for many years at Simpson Paper Co. in Gilman, Vt., as a papermaker. He has worked as a truck driver for local businesses, and most recently as sanitary engineer for Wayno’s Disposal, Lancaster, N.H.

Steve loved sports, playing for many years on the Lancaster softball team, enjoyed playing volley ball, and Moosehead Lake summer camping. He was a story teller, always with an interesting tale to tell to all who would listen. He has always attended his mother-in-law’s 20 years of annual reunions, sometimes with reluctance. It was he who had the date changed from Sunday to Saturday, so that he would be able to attend.

He had an impact on all those he met, and knew many people from his youth to when he retired to his heavenly home on Wednesday, Jan. 29. His wish was to die his way, at home. When he was given a week to two weeks to live, he beat the deadline by fourteen hours. That was Steve! In Shirlee‘s words, he was a gentleman.

He is survived by his wife Shirlee (Maresh), formerly of Belmont, Maine; sons, Gerard and his wife, Kate McMann and Stephen ‘Wade’ McMann; grandson, Garrett; granddaughters, Alyssa ‘Jo’, Lauren and Emily McMann, all of Jefferson, N.H.; by brothers, Bill and his wife Judy McMann and Charles McMann, all of Lancaster, N.H.; sister, Christy Wagner, brother-in-law, Glenn Rollins, and in-laws, Robert and Isabel Maresh of Belmont, Maine.

He was predeceased by his mother, Leonora Crum, sister, Janet Rollins and step-father, Ernest Crum.

The family wishes to thank the Lancaster Hospital, Lancaster Hospice, and to all of those who sent prayers and well-wishes during his long illness. Plans for a Remembrance Service will be announced at the convenience of the family. Donations in Steve’s memory may be made to Weeks Medical Center, Home Health and Hospice Services, 278 Main St., Lancaster, N.H. 03584.