TILTON — Stephen J. "Hank" Decato, 65, of Tilton passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on March 8, 2018.
Stephen was born on Jan. 9, 1953, in Laconia, the son of the late Emile and Madaline Decato. Stephen grew up in Gilford. Graduated from Laconia High School in 1970. He also resided in Virginia and West Virginia before moving back home to New Hampshire to be closer to his family.
Stephen was employed for 36 years as a systems analyst for the IRS for 36 years before retiring in 2008. Where he was a dedicated employee and made many lifelong friendships.
Stephen was a beloved husband of 42 years to his wife Annemarie (Melvin) Decato for 42 years. Stephen is also survived by his loving children Jennifer Decato of Manchester, Heather Decato of Tilton, Matthew Decato and wife Brandi of West Virginia; his cherished grandchildren, Levi and Arianna; his only sister, Kathleen Cass and her husband James from Florida; Phillip Decato and his wife Janet of Andover, Dennis Decato and his wife Beverly of Belmont, Ernest Decato and his wife Sheila of Northfield and his brother Lloyd Decato of Belmont. Stephen was predeceased by his parents and brothers Timothy and John Decato.
The last 19 years of his life was spent with his Jack Russell terrier, Jackie, his loyal companion and friend. He spoke of her often in his final days, looking forward to having her by his side once again.
Stephen was a compassionate husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. With a caring, loving, genuine soul. His journey in life doesn't end with his passing, it will forever live on in the hearts of the ones he touched in his lifetime.
Stephen always referred to himself as a jack of all trades, as he enjoyed taking on many projects usually to the benefit of others. He liked to tinker around with his computer, and was always there when someone needed help with theirs. He loved the Patriots and watching action and adventure movies. What he loved and cherished most of all was spending time with his family and friends. He was an invested father, taking an active role in his children's lives. He could be heard screaming from the sidelines at each one of their games and spent many summers coaching softball. He continued the trend with his grandchildren, attending dance recitals and sporting events, watching and spending time with and mentoring them as if they were his own.
Services will be held Wednesday, March 14, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Parish, 96 Main St., Belmont.