OBITUARY

Steven James Enos

November 8, 1961February 10, 2021
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On February 10, 2021 Steve ”Poppy” Enos, loving husband, father, grandfather and brother passed away peacefully. He was 59.

Steve “Poppy” Enos was born in Boston, Massachusetts on Nov. 8, 1961 to Herbert and Virginia Enos. He was the youngest of six children, a graduate of Boston Technical High School and a proud, retired Navy veteran serving more than 23 years in defense of the country he loved.

Steve served in both the Massachusetts Army National Guard and The United States Navy. He joined the National Guard after graduating in 1980 from high school and completed boot camp and A school for Military Police at Ft. McClellan in Anniston, Alabama. He served with the 972nd MP Company out of West Newton, MA. He joined the Navy in May of 1984, leaving for boot camp on May 8th, the day before he and his wife’s second anniversary. Steve retired from military service in December 2003, being honorably discharged from the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Goose Creek, SC. The years of service shaped the young man that joined the military into a proud, loyal and sometimes “grumpy’ man.

Steve married his wife Barb on May 9th, 1982 and they were as in love when he passed as they were on their wedding day. They had two daughters born of their union and their Daddy loved them right up until the day of his death. Steve would often be seen wearing his “Grumpa” shirt, as it defined him perfectly. “Grumpa, like a regular grandpa, only grumpier.” Steve was lovingly compared to “Grumpy” of the Seven Dwarves, as he was a man of few words, and could seem to be grumpy even when he wasn’t. He made his grandchildren feel loved, safe and valued.

Steve and Barb met in the 6th grade in Mrs. Sallen’s art class at the Agassiz School in Jamaica Plain, but didn’t like one another much then. By their sophomore year of high school, they were a couple. They went to different high schools, but lived only one street apart while growing up. They married at the First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plain and lived in JP until leaving for their first duty station in Pensacola, Florida. Steve became an Electronics Warfare Technician serving the fleet out of Newport, RI on board the U.S.S. Capodanno FF-1093. Steve served in many places around the world, his favorite being on the island of Diego Garcia, in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Upon retirement from military service, Steve and Barb settled in the Charleston, SC area and were actively engaged in their church and community. Steve worked for Par Technologies for almost 10 years after retiring from the military and they moved to the Asheville, NC area for his work in 2007. Steve and Barb stayed in the Asheville area for 11 years before moving back to SC to be close to their grandchildren, daughter Casey, and her husband Kaz. Steve was employed by The Home Depot in both NC and SC after leaving Par Tech and loved his job. In October of 2019, Steve suffered a catastrophic stroke that would eventually bring him and his wife back to the greater Boston area to live out the remainder of his life surrounded by extended family.

Steve is survived by his loving wife Barb of Jamaica Plain, daughter Casey Malys and her husband Casimir “Kaz” of Ladson, SC, daughter Mandee Nitchman and her husband David, of Asheville, NC, and his beloved grandchildren, Riker and Rachael Malys and Hayden and Evelyn Nitchman, his mother, Virginia Enos of Londonderry, NH, brothers Jack Enos and wife Kathleen of Londonderry, NH, David Enos and wife Nancy of Jacksonville, FL, and Ronald Enos of Raymond, NH and his beloved sister-in-love Ann Enos of Norton, MA. He was preceded in death by his father, Herbert Enos, sister, Linda Enos and brother, Daryl Enos. Steve also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and cousins as he was part of a very large family.

Steve's wife and family would like to recognize the contributions made by the staff members of the Veteran's Administration Hospitals of Richmond, VA, West Roxbury and Boston, Massachusetts, without whom his homeward bound journey would have been much more difficult. The hospice unit of the Boston VA/Brockton Division kept Steve comfortable right up to the end. In closing, Barb would like to remember the staff that became family at the Polytrauma Unit in Richmond, VA for all their hard work, compassion and love shown to both Steve and herself.

There will be a time to gather and reminisce for family and friends on Saturday Feb. 20, 2021 at Gillooly Funeral Home in Norwood, MA from 1-5pm. Steve would want you all to be comfortable, formal dress made him uncomfortable. Come as you are, share your memories and wish Steve fair winds and following seas. Internment will be Tuesday, February 23rd, at the National Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts. Steve will be laid to rest with full military honors and a unique send off with “Bubbles.” For those that knew Steve well, you’ll get this...

Steve’s family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to: The Fisher House Foundation in his memory, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Both organizations were dear to Steve and he believed in their missions. Both organizations can be found online and would greatly appreciate any gifts to be made.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 20, 2021

  • Burial

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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Dawn OConnor

February 20, 2021

To Aunt Barbara, and the cuzzies,
We are so sorry for your loss. Uncle Steve was a fun and true grumpster. I will miss him, calling for no reason.
Any time you need a shoulder, a hand or a laugh or a cry we are here.
All our love,
Dawn, Eamonn, cy, ali, and the other Kaz...

Bob Bolger

February 17, 2021

Barbara,

We can't begin to express our deep sorrow for you, Amanda, Casey and the rest of the Enos family. Steve is a good man and to all accounts a great "Poppy". He will be sorely missed by everyone but we can all take comfort in knowing that he his in a far better place and is no longer in any pain or suffering. We are here for you or the family if there is anything we can do to help.

All our love,
Bob, Lydia, Bob and Lauren

Lorraine Butler

February 16, 2021

He is now resting in peace

Barb Enos

February 14, 2021

My heart will always beat for you, my love. Happy Valentine's Day. I am honored to have been able to hold your hand as you transitioned from this life on to your final glory. Rest in peace, I know we'll be together again someday.

Linda Jobe

February 14, 2021

I first met Barb and Steve when he was stationed in Charleston, SC with my husband Sonny Jobe. We enjoyed their company and were happy to have them as part of our Navy family. I am so grateful that we were able to meet up with Steve and Barb a few years ago as they were passing through our town on a trip home. We didn't know then that it would be the last time. Fair winds and calm seas Steve. Until we all meet again in heaven.

Sonny Jobe

February 14, 2021

I am glad I got to know Steve. We were stationed at Charleston Naval base together and had many stories. Always appreciated his since of humor and his love of his family. Fair Winds and Following Seas Steve. We have the Watch.

Crystal Ragucci

February 12, 2021

I would like to send my condolences to Barbara and my aunt Ann and cousins Danielle and Jenny and the rest of the Enos Family . The jewett-Ragucci Send you all Prayers and love And will Keep You all in hearts

Tracy Norfleet

February 12, 2021

My fondest memories was when I met you both as my new neighbors! I was worried that I might get someone who wouldn’t like me but after meeting you both all my fears subsided! Plus knowing you both was Navy 😂 living next door to you both eased me as a single black woman and made my stay there enjoyable♥️♥️♥️

Nancy Healy

February 12, 2021

You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I know you will miss him dearly and the days and nights will be long. I pray you find peace knowing he is in our Father’s Hands and resting in his heavenly body free of pain. Big hugs and much love always!

Benjamin and Anna Marie StarkStark

February 12, 2021

Dear Barbara and Enos family:
Our deepest sympathy to everyone. Prayers for strength and comfort during your time of sorrow. We pray that Steve has no more pain and is at rest and peaceful. We are sure you all have fond and loving memories of Steve, keep them close to your heart. We believe he is in heaven watching over his family. God Bless All.

Ben and Ann Stark

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