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Stephen Ardia

Stephen Ardia

August 3, 1941 - October 8, 2018     Age: 77

On October 8, 2018 Stephen Vincent Ardia passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was surrounded by his wife and children.

Steve was the son of Vincent and Anita Ardia of New Jersey.  He was born on August 3, 1941 in Hackensack, NJ.  An avid baseball fan, he was the catcher for his high school baseball team where he caught for his younger brother Richard. Steve graduated from Ramapo Regional High School in 1959. After earning a congressional appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, he graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1963. He served in the Merchant Marines from 1963 to 1964. In 1964, he married Virginia Sue Ellis of Wyckoff, NJ. He earned an MBA from Rutgers University in 1970. In 1966, Steve began a long career with Goulds Pumps, Inc. of Seneca Falls, NY.

The transformative event in his professional life was taking a position as South East Asia Sales Manager for Goulds in 1970. Steve and Ginny moved to Singapore with their two sons, David born in 1966 and Daniel born in 1967. He was promoted to Director of International Sales for Goulds Pumps and returned to Seneca Falls in 1974. A third child Deborah joined the family in

  1. In 1979, Steve became the Vice President of Sales for Goulds Pumps and became President and CEO in 1984. As CEO, he grew Goulds Pumps into a world leader in industrial pump technology culminating in Goulds joining the Fortune 500 in 1991.

In 1995, Steve retired from Goulds Pumps.  After six months of retirement, he took on the role of CEO of the pump company Environment One, based in Schenectady, NY, where he worked from 1995 to 2001. He enjoyed a brief second retirement before returning to business serving in a range of positions across the world including Chairman, CEO, board member, owner, and investor. He is remembered as an admired and valued mentor to many.

While Steve and Ginny raised their three kids in Skaneateles, NY, they eventually grew tired of Central New York snow and began spending winters on Amelia Island, FL.  Reconnecting with his passion for the ocean, they eventually transitioned to living the majority of the year in Florida. However, they never lost their love of Skaneateles Lake.  Steve felt surrounded in both communities by dear and supportive friends who were there by his side up until the end.

Committed to his local institutions, he served as President of the Skaneateles Country Club and President of the Amelia Island Club.  His passions included cigars, golf, hiking, New York Mets, and collecting civil war era Colt firearms. Steve was deeply committed to his family and engineered elaborate yearly family vacations all over the world.

He is survived by his wife Virginia, his sons David and Daniel Ardia, his daughter Deborah Ardia McGinn, and his brother Richard Ardia. Steve and his brother were extraordinarily close throughout their lives.

Stephen Vincent Ardia was a beloved husband, son, father, brother, and grandfather to seven grandchildren.

Donations in lieu of flowers can made to the Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation (MGAEF), 6425 Cloverleaf Circle, East Amherst NY 14051, http://mgaef.org/donate.htm.

The MGAEF was founded in 1996 in memory of Melinda Gray Ardia, Steve’s beloved daughter-in-law.  Steve was passionate about the the Foundation’s work supporting environmental education in the USA and across the world.

Services will be held at a later date.

2 Condolences

  • Charlie Albright Posted October 14, 2018 11:47 am

    Steve was a wonderful friend whom I will always be grateful for his genuine warmth and friendship. Steve was always available for counsel expressed a genuine interest in whatever issue was being discussed. I feel so enriched and fortunate that our paths crossed. His friendship and counsel will always be remembered. RIP Steve. Will never forget your warmth and sincere friendship.

  • David Schlegel Posted October 16, 2018 4:39 pm

    Steve was a great friend and mentor for me. He was brilliant , passionate and very articulate. He had the greatest energy level I have ever seen even when he was quite sick. He never gave up and had a zest for life that was unmatched. A week before he passed we were at Jaguars game together. Steve was an inspiration to me in life and in how he faced death. He did both on his terms. While I don’t presume to know how things work “up there” my belief is that Steve has already assumed a leadership role and is working to make it an even better place. I miss Steve greatly and will never forget him or what he meant to me.

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