Peter Stefan Death, Obituary unavailable yet: Peter Stefan of Worcester, Massachusetts who was the director of Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors had died at the age of 85. Peter’s passing was made public on social media on March, 2022. His cause of death details has not been released.
Peter A. Stefan was a son to hardworking Greek and Albanian immigrant parents, is a first generation Funeral Director with over 40 years of experience in the funeral industry; he is a member of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association and an honorary member of Pi Sigma Eta.
Mr. Stefan is also a very active member of the Worcester community, and has been involved with numerous local organizations, such as, the P.I.P. Shelter, Aids Project Worcester, the Nigerian American Organization, the Veteran’s Shelter, and many more.
An official obituary for Peter Stefan is not available at the time of this publication
Bob Ward Boston 25 also wrote about on social media, describing how wonderful and amazing human he was,
Worcester funeral director Peter Stefan died this week. He was 85 years old.
I first met him in 2013 when he made national headlines when his funeral home accepted the body of Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The move prompted protests and death threats.
“I can’t treat him as a terrorist,” Stefan explained. “I can’t control the circumstances around a death or what a person did, or what they died from. I can’t pick and chose.”
In the years since, I interviewed Peter several more times. He always spoke of the need to provide dignity in death to the forgotten and unwanted. He always accepted the remains of people who had no money to pay for his services.
“I’ve never measured respect in terms of dollars and cents,” Peter told me in 2017.
Today I asked Stephen Teasdale, the Executive Director of Main South Community Development Corporation about Legacy.
“Money is not everything. At the end of the day, that’s going to be Peter’s legacy. He cared for people,” Teasdale said.
Decades ago, during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Peter accepted the bodies of people who died from HIV/AIDS, when other funeral homes refused.
“He was committed to the community. He was commited to everyone. His loss is devastating to us,” Michelle Smith, CEO of AIDS Project Worcester told me.
Other loved ones and colleagues from different Firefighter departments also posted tributes on Social media following the passing of Peter Stefan.
It is with tremendous sadness that we mourn the passing of Peter Stefan. A man of principle and a staple of the Worcester business community, Peter was truly one-of-a-kind. He will be sorely missed by everyone whose lives he touched.
RIP Peter Stefan, dear friend, dear ally, dear champion! You played a mean saxophone, you loved telling corny, sometimes spicy, jokes! You loved your beautiful German Shepherd Dog, Penny – and my feisty little husky mix Jett! Years ago you nicknamed him “Charm”! And the nickname stuck! … You were curious about everything – world leaders, local politicians, books, movies, New York City, grandkids – until the end. You cared about the poor until the end! You supported ICT/CECELIA to the end! Your love of Worcester and all its people was infinite and all-enveloping! You made Worcester HOME for everybody – showed everyone that we all counted – from the guy sleeping on the vent outside the courthouse to the round, self-satisfied mayor or congressman who may never think twice about the guy sleeping on the vent on a cold winter night … You were our city’s conscience – our advocate – our “junkyard dog.” But most of all, you were our sweet angel!
🌿 I’ll never forget you, dear friend!🌸🌿
Homage to a humanitarian …
Remembering Peter Stefan …
I did not know him personally, but if you live in Worcester, you would have heard of Peter Stefan and his many involvements with citizens who might otherwise have been ignored. Others will be better able to praise him for specific good deeds and for being what my generation used to call a “Renaissance Man.” But I wanted to add my condolences to those others and remember Peter for always being there for
those who needed him most – accepting the bodies of those who had no one to see to it they were properly
buried, or running for local office to try to give the voiceless a voice … or listing in CECELIA our local food pantries and soup kitchens so the hungry of Worcester could eat or get staples and more.
Peter lived to be 85 – and he made those years count. I know he will be missed by the many he helped and all
of us who honor a life well lived to serve others.