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Stephen M. LaTorre

Stephen M. LaTorre

October 2, 1942 - September 4, 2018     Age: 75

Stephen Michael LaTorre, age 75 of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel LaTorre and Linda Ferretti of West Pittson, Pennsylvania, his life-long friend and cousin Steven Robert LaTorre and his beloved canine companion, “Luke”, the ambassador of Amelia Island.

He will be sorely missed by his family, son Samuel LaTorre and his wife Kim of Eldorado, California; daughter, Lori Miller and her husband William of Lake Winola, Pennsylvania; brother, James LaTorre and his wife Maxina of Bayonne, New Jersey; sister, Linda LaTorre Benson of Exeter, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Stephano and Sam LaTorre, William and Cassandra Miller; neice, Kalindi LaTorre; nephews, Dhruva and Raman LaTorre, Lance and Brett Benson; and the third musketeer, cousin Daniel Lipperini of Pittson, Pennsylvania.

A lover of the ocean, Steve lived and operated businesses in various sea-side towns: Hilton Head, South Carolina, Long Beach Island, New Jersey, and for the past 23 years, in Fernandina Beach, Florida, where he owned and operated a lovely art and gift shop.

Those who knew him saw a man who had the physical strength of someone three times his size, the courage of a fierce warrior, the spirit of a true Crocodile Dundee and the heart of a giant.

His passion for adventure led him to build and fly ultra light planes, drop from the skies as a paratrooper for the US Army and dive into deep river waters of Peru and New Zealand dredging for gold.  But at the end of the day, he taught those he knew and loved that the greatest journey of all is the one within, where the heart is.  He loved us well!

Services will be private.

13 Condolences

  • Jim & Carol Miller Posted September 7, 2018 12:53 am

    Carol & I stopped by Steve’s frequently, as his shop was one of the stops on our dog’s cookie trail. Steve would bring two dog treats out and give them to Konna & Poppy. And we would talk for a few minutes before thanking him and continuing our walk. Rest in peace Steve, enjoy your re-uniting with Luke on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.

    Our condolences to the La Torre family and Steve’s many friends.

  • Hal C. Whitley Posted September 7, 2018 7:41 am

    Steve was a great neighbor and was always ready to discuss the current news of our nation. He was a member of the 101st Airborne Division and proudly served his country in Vietnam . He and his wonderful dog Luke will be missed by all who knew them . RIP Stephen and thank you for your service to our country.

  • Beverly Weathers Posted September 9, 2018 10:17 pm

    I’m going to miss my buddy Steve so much! It just doesn’t seem real that he’s gone. I loved visiting with him and Luke, going to Ciao, and hearing all about his adventurous life. He was so good about getting my mail for me and checking on my house when I’m away. I hope you and Luke are having a blast. I know how much you missed him. RIP buddy.

  • Troy Pitts Posted September 10, 2018 7:56 pm

    Sorry to hear about Mr.LaTorre. He was my customer since opened his store. Always very cordial when I saw him. Condolences to his family.

  • Alaina Posted September 11, 2018 9:01 am

    Steve was like an uncle to me. It’s so surreal that he is gone, but I’m so happy that he gets to see his faithful companion, Luke, again. Not a day will go by that I don’t remember you scaring living daylights out of me at the shop, or telling me your silly & amazing stories. I miss you so much and wish I could see you one more time. I am so blessed that I can call you my friend. You will be forever in my heart.
    Love you.
    Give Luke some love for me.

  • Dana Posted September 12, 2018 1:31 pm

    Lori – I’m so very sorry for your family’s loss. I pray for God to comfort you and give you peace through this time of sorrow. With sincere sympathy and love.

  • Lori Miller Posted September 12, 2018 5:17 pm

    Dad, You were the brightest light in my life. My Knight in shining armor, my hero & my best friend. Billy & Cassie idolized and adored you. I know you are at peace with Luke. You were the best father a girl could ever have. You will be alive in me, Sam & the kids always. Until we meet again, I love you & will miss you all the days of my life.

  • Margo Story Posted September 12, 2018 6:37 pm

    Steve will be missed by all who stopped by his store to chat esp.on Artwalk days. He is at peace now with his faithful companion,Luke My sincere.condolences to the family…….RIP Steve.

  • David Sincavage Posted September 12, 2018 6:43 pm

    My condolences to the LaTorre Family . Sam introduced me to his dad on a few occasions. Remember Hilton Head and all the great stories of Stephen’s life . RIP and so sorry for your loss .

  • David Chronowski Posted September 12, 2018 7:51 pm

    My condolences to the Latorre family. I very sorry for your loss. I knew Sam and Lori most of my life and had the great pleasure of being in the prescense of their dad many times. He was a wonderful person with a larger than life personality. His fearless flights in the Buckeye will never be forgotten. God bless you guys.

  • Lynn nace Posted September 12, 2018 9:00 pm

    My thoughts and prayers to my second family , Steve was like a second father to me , always trying to feed Lori and I fresh turkey soup, and teach us odd things, like ladybugs are reincarnated family members , and wanted nothing but the best for his kids he will be missed … again, all my prayers for all of you Love Lynn Kuzzzma. As Steve would say. Xo

  • Debbie Sherfiekd Posted September 13, 2018 1:52 pm

    My deepest condolences to the family. Steve was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed here in Pennsylvania. He always stopped at Majestic Lunch in Pittston for his hamburger fix as he called it. I will miss seeing him around the holidays.

  • Jean Morris Burd Posted September 21, 2018 11:03 am

    My condolence to the family! Steve will turly be missed. I worked next to Steve for a few years. I remember when he open his store next to the one I worked in. He was a strong but sweet gental man. RIP Steve

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