SEARSMONT — Steven J. Fyfe, formerly of Petersburg and Hoosick Falls, N.Y., was reunited in Heaven with his beloved wife, daughter, siblings and mother Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021.  He was born Earl Emmons Merchant in New Vineyard Sept. 11, 1930, to Clarence Merchant and Helen McCollor Merchant.  As a teen he was “adopted” by Albert and Fannie Fyfe of Farmington, both of whom predeceased him.

Steven served in the Korean War, and quite by chance met his wife, Jessie, when she and  her mother picked him up as he hitchhiked through Petersburg, N.Y., on his way to Fort Drum.  They exchanged addresses, and upon his return, were inseparable until her death in 2011.  In the mid-1980s he retired from the Watervliet (N.Y.) Arsenal and they built a home in Hoosick Falls.  He was an amazing woodworker, known for the unique and colorful birdhouses he created and built with his wife and, in later years, for his beautiful, hand-turned wooden bowls and jars, which he gave out freely to visitors and friends. He moved to Belfast in 2008 to live with his daughters.

He was predeceased by his wife, Jessie Weeden Fyfe, his daughter Corrine Fyfe (Nelson), his brother Richard Norton, and a great-grandson, Arlo Michael Church.  Passed for many years now are his parents and foster parents, brother Robert Merchant, and sisters Alice Merchant and Helen Irene Merchant Dyer.

Steven is survived by children David Fyfe of Searsport, Charlene Fyfe of Searsmont and Irene Fyfe MacCollar of Hoosick Falls, N.Y. He was a loving grandpa to seven grandchildren, and “Old Papa” to 15 great-grandchildren.

He will be remembered as a man with an enormous heart, a man of faith, a cool old dude, and a warm, generous and gentle dad.

Arrangements for services and burial in New York are being made and will be posted as soon as they are complete.

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