BANGOR – Stephen “Steve” Anthony Seguino, born Sebastiano Antonio Seguino, 83, passed away peacefully Aug. 21, 2012, after a long illness, with his family at his side. Steve was born May 30, 1929, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was the youngest and last surviving son of immigrant parents, Antonio Seguino and Gaetana Fabozzi, who came to the U.S. from Naples, Italy, in 1906.
Steve met his wife while serving in the U.S. Air Force in 1949 and remained in Bangor for much of the rest of his life. Early on, he was employed at Viner Shoe Co., later as a salesman, and as policeman for the Bangor Police Department. His true calling was revealed when he, his wife, Sandy, and daughter, Debbie founded Napoli Pizza in Bangor in 1969. After opening several branches and retiring from this business, he later opened Seguino’s Restaurant in Bangor with his family. Steve was Italian through and through, and shared the pleasures of that cultural heritage with his many friends and large extended family. Upon retiring from the restaurant business in 1992, he dedicated much of his time to hosting family and friends in his home for renowned and unforgettable Italian dinners. He knew that friends and family were at the core of life’s meaning. Steve was gregarious and outgoing, known for his colorful personality and generosity. A man born to humble immigrant beginnings, he led a fulfilling life with much business success and profoundly gratifying relationships with friends and family. He knew joy in his life, and he shared that joy with others.
He was predeceased by brothers and sisters-in-law, Nick and Betty Seguino, Tony and Anna Seguino, and Joseph Seguino; sisters and brothers-in-law, Caroline and Toto Spadarella, from whom he learned the pizza business, Clara and Rocco Barretta, Mary and Tommy Viverito; and nephews and nieces, Frank Spadarella, Ronald Barretta, Grace Celkupa, Marion Kross, and Jackie Seguino. He is survived by his wife, Theresa Aileen “Sandy” (Burgess) Seguino; daughters, Deborah and husband, Kerry Cox, Stephanie Seguino; grandsons, Dante Seguino, Shawn and wife, Kristin Cox, Ryan and wife, Andrea Cox; numerous nephews and nieces, including Ida Spadarella of California, Nick Seguino of Pennsylvania, Gaetana and Jerry Friedman of North Carolina, Joe and Pat Seguino of Illinois, Tony and Dan Seguino of Florida, Richard and Joanne Seguino of Long Island, Michael Barretta of North Carolina, Vinnie and Betty Viverito, Robert and Sherry Viverito; cousins, Rosalie and Lucy Nazzarro, all of Long Island, N.Y., Kitty Maritato of Florida; and many great and great-great-nieces and nephews; as well as a large extended family in Frignano Maggiore, Italy including his dear cousins, Titina and Antonio Mottola, and Guido and Pasquale Seguino. He had maintained close and continued contact with his Neapolitan relatives over the years. Steve is also survived by his dear sisters and brothers-in-law, Gene Greene, Lucy Cowallis, Joan and Sib Orcutt, all of Maine, and Shirley Hurry of Florida; as well as many wonderful Maine nieces and nephews. The family extends their deepest gratitude to the caring doctors and nurses at the Cancer Clinic, especially Coleen and also to the people at St. Joseph’s Home and Hospice Care. The family wants to give special thanks to all the long-time friends and family who visited in Steve’s last months, reminiscing on old times and reminding Steve of his rewarding and fulfilling life. Steve also wanted to express his gratitude and love of his dear friend, Roy Corbin, and his cherished neighbors, David and Mary Prescott and Dennis and DJ Bowden, and his cigar buddies, Brian and Frank.
Relatives and friends are welcome to call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 768 Ohio St., Bangor. Interment will be at Mount Pleasant Catholic Cemetery, Bangor. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Reception Hall of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, after the interment. Those who wish to remember Steve in a special way may make gifts in his memory to Bangor Humane Society, 693 Mount Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401 or CancerCare of Maine, Lafayette Family Cancer Center, care of Healthcare Charities, P. O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402-0931. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.