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Stephen Goodrich Malek

October 27, 1939 — October 19, 2019

Stephen Goodrich Malek of Wolfeboro, NH died peacefully of Parkinson’s Disease at Mountain View Community in Ossipee, NH on October 19, 2019, just short of his 80th birthday. He was born on October 27, 1939 to Stanley and Elizabeth Malek, raised in Westfield, NJ, where he attended Westfield High School. He graduated from Brown University in Providence, RI with a major in Political Science. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps rising to the rank of Captain upon his discharge in 1965. He felt that this was one of the highlights of his life, primarily because of the “deep and everlasting bonding with his fellow officers as well as the corps itself.” He was a kind and gentle man.   In 1965 Stephen was employed by the Liberty Mutual in Boston, MA as a trainee. In 1968 he moved to Travelers Insurance Co. in Hartford in its newly emerging Data Processing Dept., as a programmer. In 1989 he became the IT Operations Manager for the new Travelers Reinsurance Co., after introducing an HP-based processing system which significantly alleviated their existing paper intensive processing. During his years of employment, he resided in Simsbury, CT. As a member of several groups, he was an avid skier at US and world venues. He was also an active tennis player as a member of his high school team and through his retirement years.   Following his 27 year career with Travelers, Stephen retired to Wolfeboro, NH where his interests were reading, tennis and its social functions, gardening, and with his sister, helping to care for his mother until her death at age 95.   His family’s New Hampshire roots are deep as they spent all their summers at the Goodrich / Drake grandparents’ summer farm on Upper Suncook Lake in Center Barnstead.   Along with his parents, Stephen was predeceased by his brother Richard Barry Malek of Champaign-Urbana, IL. He is survived by his sister Patricia Schroeck and her husband Kenneth of Wolfeboro, NH, nephews Brian (Denise) Schroeck of West Yarmouth, MA, Larry (Erika) Schroeck of Kittery Point, ME, Paul (Meredith) Schroeck of Lebanon, NJ, nieces Sharon Malek and Laura (Malek) Bartunek, both of Morrison, CO, and Suzanne (Malek) Whallon of Colorado Springs, CO, and cousin Clarke (Gloria) Goodrich of Manchester, NH.   A 2020 Summer family gathering will be held at Floral Park Cemetery in Pittsfield, NH where his deceased family members and generations of his Drake and Goodrich ancestors are also interred.   If desired, donations may be made to Carroll County VNA Hospice which, along with the caring staff of Mt. View Community were so helpful to Stephen and his family.   The Baker-Gagne Funeral Homes and Cremation Service is assisting the family with the arrangements. Please share your condolences, messages, stories and sign an online guest book at www.baker-gagnefuneralhomes.com
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