The Life of Steven P. Emmerich

On March 7, 2023, Steven Paul Emmerich passed away unexpectedly at 61 years of age.  Steve graduated from Penn State University with a Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and spent decades in the Aerospace Engineering profession including Boeing and was employed for over 30 years by L3 Technologies, a global aerospace and defense technology innovator. Steve met John Dean in 1992 and they were life partners for more than 20 years until John’s untimely passing in 2013.  

Steve enjoyed bicycling and completed several long-distance bike tours around the US and the world.  He developed many long-term, deep friendships with his associates and neighbors.  He is preceded in death by his partner, John Dean, and his mother, Jeanine Lane.  He is survived by his father Charles and Charles’ wife, Mariana; brother Frank and sister-in-law Anne; sister Laura Browne; in-laws Barb Fellin, Joan Iannacone and Michael Dean; step-brother Adam Call; and his godson Elijah Booth.  He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.  A memorial service will be held Friday, May 19, 2023, at 10 a.m. at St. Clement’s Church in Philadelphia, 2013 Appletree St. Following the memorial, Steven will be buried with John in Laurel Hill East Cemetery, 3833 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia.

Steven was known for his incredible singing voice, his quest to learn languages including German and French, reading books written in these languages, his athletic strength and physical fitness including completing the 2003 Philadelphia Marathon with his brother, a passion for growing roses, his quick wit and his infectious smile. His easy-going and genial disposition endeared him to all those who met and knew him.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Morris Animal Refuge or the William Way Community Center, both in the Philadelphia metroplex.

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Oh Uncle Steve. As I sit here and cry I have trouble finding the words.  Every memory I have of you is a happy one. Your sense of humor was the absolute best. Everytime you came to visit growing up was always a good time and I will never forget the memories we created. Im so happy you and John were in my life and will miss you more than I can say. Im not good at these sorts of things but please know you will be in my heart forever! ❤️

Posted by Joshua S on 03/14/2023

Dear Steve

From the fortunate moment we were introduced to you at your coworker Adam's house, we felt from you a sparked, distinct charge that promised fun things and great times were coming our way, and boy did you ever deliver on that!

We've been guests in each other's homes a number of times for dinner get togethers or for larger dinners with disparate groups of friends. You made everyone feel equal, and most importantly, where you were able to make everyone feel that they were your personal best friend. Your smiling, often hysterically funny personality made this possible. There were pumpkin-carving party nights, birthday party nights, and New Year's Eve nights. There were also some simple game party nights. You were so good at these game nights with your intelligence, nuanced by your clever charm. You always won with modest demeanor.

There were also many epic long bike trips all over the country, where you excelled. You were the perfect taveling companion : interesting, appreciative, competitive, attentive to all, funny and smart. And you never once held any of that over any of us low-lings who just fell asleep at the end of day while you stayed up to teach yourself conversational French, and advanced German, at the same time.

We had just started making plans for new rides together this year, and now it all just feels so achingly hollow.

We will forever sorely miss from you that original sparked charge that promised fun things and great times coming our way, that only the energy of you, Steve, could have delivered.

Forever love,
Chuck and George

Posted by Charles A on 03/15/2023