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Brentwood-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home

9010 Church Street East, Brentwood, TN

OBITUARY

Steven Michael FERRE

April 12, 1964October 12, 2019

Steven Michael Ferré, 55, passed away October 12. Steve was born in Saginaw, Michigan on April 12th, 1964. He was a graduate of Hillsdale College and Wake Forest University, where he obtained his Masters in Business Administration. He had a successful career in healthcare and spent his adult life in Washington, DC and New York City before settling in Nashville.

Steve’s life was enriched by his love of art, architecture, classic films and gardening. His unerringly impeccable sense of style found expression in everything he touched.

His close friends and family were rewarded by his caring and generosity. They were also delighted by his wickedly acerbic wit. His brilliant and sharp sense of humor will be forever missed.

Steve was a loving life partner, son, brother and uncle. He was preceded in death by his father George Ferré, nephew Paul Warner Bond, Jr. and his beloved dog Petey. He is survived by his mother Rudianne Ferré, his partner Judd Waddell (New York, NY); brother Staley Ferre’ (Tina Hummel) of Charlotte, NC; sister Suzanne Bond (Paul) , niece Lucy Bond and nephews Cooper and Jake Bond, all of Nashville, TN.

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Jennifer Petit

October 28, 2019

I had the fortune to cross paths with Steve at his former employer in NYC. We were paired on a project together and the experience was both challenging and a pleasure. Steve was smart, professional and demanded excellence at all times. All traits I admired about him. He was also quite fashionable! I not only found a great collaborator but also a great friend. His sense of humor was a welcomed relief especially when the demands of the job was unrelenting. I will miss you Mr Ferre’, I pray you are at peace.

Patty Gant

October 23, 2019

Steve, my French Ferre’, my crush, my townie, my permadate, my friend. Landing in Hillsdale in 1982 I stumbled upon Steve and Steve in my freshman Bio class, instant true blue friendship was born. We both thought we were the funniest and wittiest people on the planet, creating our own language, and cracking ourselves up whenever we were together. We followed each other to Chi town and spent the early months in a new city telling our parents we were job hunting but actually watching hours of the Iran Contra hearings, drinking, and laying out. He always had a Merit and a Little Kings in his hand when he greeted me, knowing me too well. I was the first to break our pack by getting married and moving to the burbs and the infrequency of our time together became the norm. Life continued to get in the way with careers, moves, babies, and distance... how I wish I could turn back the clock and start again, but I can’t. Please know how much I love you Steve and how you will forever have a corner of my heart for you and you only!

Susan Andridge Sommerfeldt

October 21, 2019

I remember when this cute boy joined our HHS class of ‘82 during our junior year. The dark hair and striking eyes and sense of humor drew many of us in, especially those of us that sang in choir with him. His wit and sassy ness were one of the highlights during choir travel.

I lost touch with Steve after high school as we all went our separate ways but I think he was at the 2017 reunion at the Elks briefly so I could wave to him. Like many, I took it for granted that I would see him at the next reunion....

We all have our own personal demons, and I suspect Steve did as well. I believe he’s at peace now and understands the Universe and the pure Love that is freely given to ALL.

Peace to his family, partner and all the friends who knew him so well. I am thinking of you all.

Susan Andridge Sommerfeldt
Hillsdale High School
Class of 1982
Owensboro KY
(John Juroe, I’m only 2.5 hours north of Nashville). :-)

John Juroe

October 21, 2019


Part 2.

What a privilege to call Steve a friend for most of my life. I will miss the confidant who understands me as he does, wants only good things to happen to others, rarely thinks of himself in a friendship, and is the most popular man in the room, drawing admiring and loyal crowds with his humor and personality. Thank you Steve Ferre'.

John Juroe

October 21, 2019


"Nashville is in TENNESSEE, you idiot." - Reads my one of my last texts from Steve Ferre'. We had been discussing my pending visit to see him, when I texted that I hadn't been to "Kentucky" in years. Each of the ten or more times I reopened that message, I laughed harder than the last, comforted he was sassy as ever and things were going well. His remark was typical Steve -and he surely would have made it forty years ago when we first met as high school juniors in Hillsdale, MI. Our friendship continued through church, vacations with Steve's parents, college, young adulthood in Chicago, as my sisters' roommates, graduate school and later while we both pursued our careers in NYC. I was eager to see this new Tennessee life that had him so excited.

I consider Steve to be the smartest, funniest, and among the most widely beloved people you could be lucky enough to know. Also, THE shrewdest observer of the human condition. Within minutes, Steve could intuit anyone's motivations, fears and insecurities as though they were painted on their Tee-shirt. You better not lie, act insincerely, or fudge a detail, I quickly learned, because somehow, he just saw right through you. Every time. For years this sixth sense of his kept me and many others in line. And entertained. To this day, Steve remains the only person on earth who could put my (then 36 and single) lawyer sister Susan in her place AND in stitches by calmly asking, "When was YOUR last date?"

A few things people might not know about Steve is that he had this beautiful tenor signing voice that ALL envied in choir, was excellent with money, was nearly a straight A pre-med student, and incorrectly believed that the shower-head drowned out his hysterically funny morning rants. Two or three of us would lie ears to the door-crack, convulsing with laughter as he yelled at those who made him mad, planned his work ensemble for that day, balanced his checkbook out loud, and belted out INXS chartbusters.

Peper Long

October 21, 2019

Steve. An intelligent, intellectually curious, witty man. All of that underpinned by a soft and dear heart, a man who loved with a raw ferocity. Peace eludes him no longer, and he is at rest.

Jennifer Dennis

October 20, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Steve at UnitedHealthcare in NYC many years ago. He always made me laugh, was smart and funny and sarcastic. Not to mention so handsome and well dressed. Thoughts are with his family and loved ones.

Doris Whitesides Stone

October 18, 2019

I don’t know where to start to express my grief over Steve’s death. He was one of my dearest friends at Hillsdale. We shared so many wonderful times together. There aren’t many memories I have of Hillsdale where Steve wasn’t smack dab in the middle. He saw me through many trials and always could make me laugh. He was just a comfort to be with.
After college he was a rock for me. He called me faithfully each Sunday when I was alone going through my pregnancy with my daughter Hope. We’d laugh and just pick up from where we left off. I looked so forward to those calls.
I got the pleasure of catching up with Steve a few years ago for lunch while I was visiting NYC. I can’t tell you how grateful I was that we got to catch up right where we left off. Steve was a loyal friend, I was blessed to have him in my life. I will miss him dearly and will miss texting him ‘Happy Birthday’ every April 12th. Sometimes that would be our only catch up of the year.
Please know my hearts are with all those Steve loved and loved him. He was one of a kind.
I love you Steve!!

Diane Tomer

October 18, 2019

Steve was one of my most favorite people in this world. I met Steve our freshman year at Hillsdale and we became fast friends. He was one of the funniest people I have ever known and also one of the kindest. He will be deeply missed by so many. Prayers of comfort to his family and to all who loved him.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY