Stephen Douglas McFarlin
August 8, 1956 – June 26, 2018
MCFARLIN, Stephen D (Steve), age 61 passed away in his home on St Pete Beach on June 26, 2018. He was born in St. Petersburg, and spent a lifetime career in the automobile business. He was the General Manager at Dew Cadillac for 18 years until he eventually became an owner in the early 2000’s. Steve eventually sold the dealership and retired on St Pete Beach. He was elected Mayor for the city of St Pete Beach in 2011. Steve was always an artist at providing comic relief in any situation. No matter how bad it was, he would always find a way to make you smile and look at the bright side. He loved music and was often found jamming out to classic rock on his organ and guitar. He even traveled with some big name bands in his younger days, without his parent’s permission of course. His children were his life and his driving force in everything he did. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed. Steve is survived by his son Drew McFarlin, his 2 daughters Kate and Molly McFarlin, and his 2 grandchildren Brantly and Madison McFarlin. He is predeceased by his loving mother and father Ivey and Henry B McFarlin Jr., and brother Henry B McFarlin III. If you knew Steve you would understand that the traditional funeral just wasn’t his style. Respecting his wishes, the family will be planning a celebration of life in the near future. Those arrangements will be announced. Beach Memorial Chapel St Pete Beach. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.beachmemorialchapel.com for the McFarlin family.
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July 2, 2018
My friend Steve was the best storyteller I have ever known. He was one of the few people in my life that could make me laugh until my sides hurt and tears flowed. Despite his own personal pain and sadness, Steve endeavored to make all those around him laugh, smile and see the brighter or at least the ironic side of a situation. Steve could match wits with anyone and his intelligence and sharp wit was a big part of his endearing personality. My heart is broken for my dear friend and it breaks for his family and most especially his children, Kate, Molly & Drew. Please know your Dad loved you more than life itself and that your Dad was loved. I am so grateful we shared a recent evening of laughs and his storytelling just a few weeks ago and that memory will stay with me for my lifetime. Knowing Steve, rest in peace seems less apropos then my wish that he is keeping all of our guardian angels entertained!