Brown, Stephen Craig
January 21, 1951 – March 15, 2019
Age 68 of Saint Paul. Stephen is survived by his wife of 22 years, his best friend and eternal soulmate, Terri Fishel. Also survived by siblings Beverly Brown George, Barbara (John) Meyers, Richard (Susie) Brown, nieces and nephews Angela (John) Bostedo, Jill (Brian) Westmoreland, Adam (Kellie) Franco, Christopher (Jenn) George, Matt (Laurie) Meyers, Erik (Ariana) Meyers, and many grand nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his father Roger Brown, mother Zona Brown Sala, brother Robin, and sister Suzie Brown. Also survived by his furry four legged kids, Dylan and Taffy. Steve was born on January 21, 1951 in Minneapolis. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris. After a career with the US Department of Customs as an import specialist, he consulted, and then became a real estate agent. Retired in 2002, Steve was able to devote more time and attention to his passion, backgammon. Steve was a nationally ranked backgammon player and played weekly at the Twin Cities Backgammon Club. His most memorable recent accomplishment was to win the Championship, the Badgers Classic Masters, and the Doubles championship in the Wisconsin State Backgammon Tournament in 2017, a very rare trifecta. He was extremely proud of finishing ranked as number 7 in the 2018 American Backgammon Tour awards. Always young at heart, Steve was known for his kindness, generosity, good sportsmanship, and always present sense of humor. A memorial service and celebration of Steve’s life will be held on March 30, at 1:30 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, 60 Kent Street, Saint Paul, MN with a reception to follow. Suggested memorials are the American Diabetes Association or Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley. We want to especially thank the excellent caregivers at Regions Hospital, St. Paul, who made Steve’s last days comfortable. In addition our thanks to the wonderful care he received at the University of Minnesota Fairview Hospital and Bethesda Hospital in recent months. Lastly, we were able to enjoy three weeks at home thanks to the exceptional care provided by home caregivers from Olidia. Steve will be greatly missed, but Steve’s spirit and joyfulness will live on in the hearts of all who knew him. (Published in the Star Tribune on Mar. 22, 2019).