OBITUARY

Stephen Lipson

March 28, 1949June 1, 2019

Stephen Lipson was born on March 28, 1949 in Miami, Florida and passed away on June 1, 2019 in Miami, Florida.

Services

  • Memorial Service Sunday, June 9, 2019

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Frank Kendrick

June 9, 2019

Steve has been a great friend since our childhood. He was my backyard neighbor and we spent countless hours playing and sometimes getting into trouble together. Especially when we would climb onto the roof of my house and jump into the pool. When I left Coral Gables, in the early 70's, we would occasionally connect over the years and share fond memories. The past few years we have reconnected and he was always there to lend a hand when my wife, Mary Margaret, and I visited Coral Gables. It was great to get to know Yoko and spend a little time reminiscing about our childhood together. Steve was a talented, creative and caring person who went out of his way to help others. We will truly miss him and the awesome sunrises he shared with the world.

Joseph Williamson

June 9, 2019

My memories of Steve, referred to as "George and Kevin's dad, because of our age, always held a special place in my heart. We always wanted to hang out at their house. Steve and Yoko always had a house full of the neighbourhood kids!!! One fond memory in particular comes to mind. Steve had an older Datsun 510, I believe. We were asked to help wash the car one day, but there was a catch, not so much water, as the car had lots of rust. It would be a "dry wash". Later in life, I would experience that same dilemma with my Nissan. You will be missed Steve, always remembered as "George and Kevin's dad".

Terry Jacobs

June 8, 2019

Dear Steve,
Words escape me at this moment, as I'm still reeling from the news of your death. The most important thing I can say about you is that you were a good and loyal friend, and one of the funniest guys I know...loved calling you Lipner... it would always make you laugh. Working with you & Brian & Lynda in the old days of SunKing Studios on Coral Way was just so much fun. Memories I will never forget and always cherish.
Rest in peace, my friend, and keep them laughing up there........

Stan Blake

June 8, 2019

Steve and I grew up a block from each other. We played stick ball, football and had a super group of kids including his brother, Frankie and my younger brother, Gerald. The funniest memory is Steve having braces and biting into a Sugar Daddy- a sticky caramel candy on a stick. The candy stuck to his braces and when he pulled out the Sugar Daddy, all the braces came out with it! I thought his father, Hy, was going to kill him! Steve was an all around good guy. We stayed in touch over the years and when I retired as a Judge, he took the photo for my website as a mediator. I enjoyed seeing his amazing photos as a Facebook friend. Now Steve, Frankie and their parents are all together. Rest in peace. Sorry I won't be able to be at the funeral on Sunday.

Bev Armstrong

June 8, 2019

I knew you for only a short time but felt like we were old buddies. You assured me you 'had my back' as we shared stories. You had an amazing ability to combine your craft with a hilarious sense of humor! You carried a tripod heavy as a tank on your mission of shooting sunrise, then generously sharing. You cared about ALL of us, even me who you barely knew. Your smile and extra birds will be etched in the sky when you send us a sign kiddo. Gone way too soon ❤

Lynda Pearce

June 6, 2019

Dear Steve,
Words can never describe how much I’m going to miss u! Yr friendship, sense of humor, loving spirit, good advice and always being there for everybody. U always were like a big brother to me and I’m going to miss how u always called me baby. 😢 I’ll never forget the fun we had working together in the studio, always laughing and goofing off! I can’t believe yr gone, RIP my best friend!😘 I’ll love you always. ❤️ Lynda

Mark Potter

June 6, 2019

For the last few months, Steve and I spent many mornings together photographing South Florida sunrises. We became good friends and I always enjoyed his company. He was funny, always eager to compare notes with me on people we knew and he was extremely generous in sharing his encyclopedic knowledge of photography. As a result, I became a much better photographer.
On the day he passed away, Steve and I talked three times on the phone. The first two calls in the morning were about a picture I had taken, and about our plans to shoot again Sunday morning. He made the third call early in the afternoon just to see how I was doing. Ever since my wife died in April he was dedicated to checking in on me regularly and I appreciated his kind consideration.
What I’d to say most is that from almost daily conversations I learned how much Steve loved Yoko, his sons and his granddaughter. He also loved many lifelong friends whom he was proud to talk about. And more than anything he loved life, itself, and was a happy guy to the very end. I hope that brings a measure of solace to all those who loved him.

Art Carlson

June 6, 2019

In 2013, while helping run the Whistle Tree Pottery in Ellijay, GA... I put out a challenge on Facebook for an original story on how the shop got its name. Steve was among the 12-15 respondents and his story was, far and away, several levels ahead of the rest! In gratitude, I presented him with one of my handmade mugs, which I’m told he used constantly thereafter.

We were classmates in the Coral Gables High Class of 1967, but my memories of Steve go much farther back... and they remain strong. He was a good and talented man and is already sorely missed.

Dan Paolucci

June 6, 2019

Forever I have known Steven is always there for me for everything and anything and vis-versa. A phone call away and advice, a helping hand, or just someone to listen. He knew everyone and was an expert on everything...giving a thousand ways of getting things done. Steven and I were brothers in our hearts. Loved that guy.

Susan Dziobas

June 6, 2019

Steve's Chicago family has known him for over 40 years. He has been a part of our celebrations and sadness for all these years. My children Eddie and Erica as well as Nicholas,Joe's son,have grown up with George and Kevin and we will forever share the wonderful memories and the fun that took place whenever we were together. The miles may have kept us apart but somehow we maintained our closeness. The proof is in all the great photos we found accumulated over the years. Steve may be gone but he will remain forever in our hearts. Love you guys!

FROM THE FAMILY