HAINES CITY, Fla. – Stephen E. Fields, 82, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2009, from cancer, at a Florida hospital. Steve was born March 8, 1927, in Fort Fairfield, son of Perley and Margret Fields. Steve was a graduate of Fort Fairfield High School, Class of 1944. Steve’s first career was working in Aroostook County for Maine Potato Growers Inc. Then in 1972, he took a giant step to change careers to go to work in the harness racing industry. For the next 15 years Steve worked in Canada for the Canadian Trotting Association. Upon retiring in Canada, he returned to Maine and worked as the state steward for the Maine Harness Racing Commission. In 1991, he decided to return to the role of presiding judge and went to work for Northfield Park, Cleveland, Ohio. His final retirement came in 1996 when he and his wife, Opal, moved to Haines City, Fla., where he resided until his death. Steve’s other passion was the Masonic Lodge and Shrine. He was a member of Frontier Masonic Lodge, Fort Fairfield; 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason; York Rite Mason and Anah Shrine Temple, Bangor. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Opal B. Fields of Haines City, Fla.; two sons and their wives, Alan and Danna Fields of Brunswick, and Peter and Debra Fields of Bozeman, Mont.; and granddaughters, Morgan Fields of Boston and Briana Fields of Columbia, Mo. Steve was predeceased by his mother, Margret; father, Perley; brothers, Lee and Roy Fields; and sister, Gwen (Fields) White. A July memorial service will be planned for family and friends in Fort Fairfield. Notice will be posted in the Bangor Daily News and the Star Herald. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made in name of Stephen E. Fields to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Boston Unit, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.oakridgefuneralcare.com.