Stephen Pierce Upham Jr.
May 20, 1921 ‒ April 03, 2004
Mount Vernon, Ohio
Stephen Pierce Upham, Jr., age 82 of Bradenton Florida, formerly of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, died at Blake Medical Center, Saturday, April 3, 2004.
He was the eldest of three brothers born to Stephen Pierce Upham, Sr. and Harriet Parsons on May 20, 1921 in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.
Stephen grew up in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, graduated from Mt. Vernon High School and attended Duke University in Durham, North Carolina where he studied business administration. After two years of study, his draft number (#557) 3was the first draft number that Franklin Delano Roosevelt pulled at the onset of WWII. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard and was responsible for patrolling the New York harbor and the lower Hudson River to keep the inland waterways secure from German infiltration.
After he was honorably discharged in March of 1946, he returned to Mt. Vernon and pursued a career in Commercial Real Estate Development. Since his teens, Stephen spent the summers in the Les Cheneaux Islands in Northern Michigan where he met and married Betty Jacqueline Taylor of Pickford, Michigan on August 15, 1947. While living in Mt. Vernon they raised two children, Stephanie and Stephen Pierce III.
Stephen enjoyed many activities including boating, and traveling. He was also very active in the communities where he resided; he was a Director of the First-Knox National Bank in Mt. Vernon, Ohio for 26 years and past President of the Mt. Vernon, Junior Chamber of Commerce that he helped found. In addition to being a lifelong member of the Rotary International and past local President, he also served as President of the Ohio Hotel and Motel Association and the Les Cheneaux Islands Association in Cedarville, Michigan. Stephen was also a past President of the Old Homestead Club and a member of the Mt. Vernon Country Club, the Athletic Club in Columbus, Ohio, the Les Cheneaux Yacht Club in Michigan and the Racquet Club and El Conquistador clubs in Bradenton. He was also a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity at Duke University. In Florida, he was a founder of the Sarasota Bank in 1992. Stephen was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mt. Vernon, where he served on the Board of Trustees and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bradenton.
He is survived by his wife Jacqueline T. Upham; his daughter Stephanie U. Lord of Rye, NY; his son and daughter-in-law, Stephen Pierce III and Elizabeth Upham of Saratoga Springs, NY; and four grandchildren; Carissa T. Lord of Peace Dale, Rhode Island; W. Pierce Lord of NY, NY; Heather A. Upham and Laura E. Upham of Saratoga Springs, NY. He is also survived by his brothers David L. Upham and Bradley T. Upham of Florida.
A memorial service will be held at the Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 5624 26th Street West, Bradenton, Florida 34207, at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, April 14, 2004.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests a contribution to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), 51 Locust Ave., Suite 201, New Canaan, CT 06840, PH# 203-972-1250.
A memorial service will be held Saturday May 29, 2004 at 11 AM at the First Presbyterian Church in Mount Vernon with Rev. Richard Riedel officiating. Burial will be in Mound View Cemetery in Mount Vernon. The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.