George Steffanides Stevens took his final bow on this life’s stage, passing away peacefully Monday April 25th, 2022 in Brockton, MA. He was 83 years of age, but forever young at heart.
A larger than life presence with personality to spare, George was born November 1, 1938 to Gregory and Dorothy Stevens in Dorchester, MA, one of seven brothers and sisters. After graduating Dorchester High School he took to the road as a traveling salesman to assist with some family needs. A natural performer, George also attended disc jockey school but ultimately found his way into ad sales as a career. He opened his own ad specialties shop, Better Business Ideas, in Braintree in the 1970’s, the town where he and his late wife, Tommie Jane McGregor, settled and had a family of their own. In 1973 he also began publishing The Fun Book, a coupon book that provided discounts and delights to the Mid-Cape and beyond for nearly four decades.
All the world was a stage to George, an ideal he took to heart as a decades long contributor to the local theater scene (musical comedies and British farces his specialty). He produced, directed and starred in a number of shows before starting his own dinner theater company, Darling Productions, staging many shows at the late Christo’s II in Brockton. He later relocated to the Masonic Temple in Quincy where Quincy Dinner Theater ran for nearly two decades, the highlight of which being the acclaimed revival of “1776” he directed for the city of Quincy’s bicentennial in 1992.
In addition to his work and the theater George loved spending time with his family, being a Boston sports fan, watching movies, relaxing at the beach, playing cards and maybe placing a wager or two here and there. He is survived by his son Nicholas, daughter-in-law Emily Hall and grandsons Thomas and Sawyer in Fairfield, CT, his son Geoffrey in Brooklyn, NY, and his siblings Frank, Elaine, Greg, Donna, Denise and Kenny, all residing currently throughout MA. George’s family would like to offer a special thank you to all of the wonderful people at Baypointe Rehab & Skilled Care Center who assisted him so attentively and compassionately in his final years, as well as the nurses and chaplain from Old Colony Hospice. Saints, all of them.
A wake will be held Wednesday May 4th, from 5-8pm, at the Peck Funeral Home, 516 Washington St, Braintree, MA. A private burial will follow the next morning at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Canton, MA. A celebration of life party to follow at a date TBD.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that a donation be made to assist in the battle against Parkinson’s Disease via MichaelJFox.org. Or to support live local theater a donation to one of the theaters he assisted many years ago: Massasoit Attn: Mark Rocheteau 1 Massasoit Blvd.Brockton, MA 02302. Memo line - Massasoit Thtr Co. for George Stevens.
George lived for laughter and the joy of a crowd. His life is best summated by a line from Pseudolus, the character he portrayed frequently in the musical comedy “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum”, “Tragedy tomorrow. Comedy tonight.”
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