Stephen Anthony

August 3, 1937October 24, 2010

WELLFLEET-- Stephen Hopkins Anthony of Wellfleet and Boston MA died peacefully at his home in Wellfleet on October 24, 2010, after a year-long struggle with pancreatic cancer. He was 73. He was married to Barbara Mead Anthony for fifty years, and was the father of two daughters, Susan and Emily Anthony.

Raised in Newton Center, Steve graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton NY in 1959, and later earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. After completing his service in the Army Reserves, Steve worked in the Mortgage and Real Estate department of New England Mutual Life Insurance Company for twenty years. In 1982 he became a founding partner of Copley Real Estate Advisors, a real estate investment firm specializing in investments primarily for major corporate and public pension funds. The rapid growth and success of Copley, and his genuine fondness and respect for all the people who worked there, was a source of great satisfaction in his life. Steve remained at Copley until he retired in 1994.

Steve raised his family in Wellesley and later kept a home in Boston, but his heart has always been in Wellfleet. As a boy he spent summers at his family’s ancestral home, Hamblen Farm, and he became a full time resident in 1994. Steve’s great love for the Cape and for Wellfleet in particular is evidenced by his very deep commitment to community service and conservation. His community engagement included long term directorships and volunteer service at the Wellfleet Conservation Trust, the Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, the Association for the Preservation of Cape Cod, The Cape Cod Land Fund, the Highland Center, Chequessett Yacht and Country Club, and Wellfleet Preservation Hall. In addition to these many organizations on Cape, Steve served as a trustee of Hamilton College for over twenty years, as a corporator at Wheelock College, as a director of the City Mission Society in Boston, and, since 1974, as a director of the Community Builders, an organization that helps to develop low income housing. Steve knew he had been fortunate in his life, and was determined to give back on many levels.

Steve will be remembered as a caring mentor and friend, whose conscientiousness was matched by his sense of humor and fun. Many will miss the sight of him driving his red 1963 T-bird through town. He leaves his wife Barbara, his daughter Susan of Brooklyn NY and Wellfleet, his daughter Emily and her husband David Maymudes of Seattle WA and Wellfleet and their two children, Sophia and Nathaniel. He is also survived by his brothers J. Danford of Bloomfield CT and Wellfleet, Cushman of Yarmouth ME and Wellfleet, David Smith of Wayland MA and Wellfleet (the husband of his late sister Caroline), Barbara’s twin brother Dr. Philip Mead of Shelburne VT, and by many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the Wellfleet Congregational Church at 1 PM on Saturday, November 6, with a reception to follow at the Chequessett Yacht and Country Club. Memorial donations may be made to the Wellfleet Conservation Trust, PO Box 84, Wellfleet, MA 02667, to continue Steve’s legacy of preserving Cape Cod’s natural spaces. Arrangements under the direction of Nickerson Funeral Home, Wellfleet, MA.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 6, 2010

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September 11, 2011

Was shocked to hear the news. My best to Barbara. Sid & Beverly Boorstein 781 248 2115

helen and ian Morton

August 28, 2011

Babara, I am so sorry its so late, but we only just found out. We will never forget such a lovely man and the many great times at the Tavern and Sweet seasons especially the two of you dancing to John De Masi, but most of all the memory of him as chauffer at our wedding . we will miss him all our love Helen and Ian (the brits)

Brian Donnell

November 16, 2010

Steve was a great friend and supporter of the City Mission Society of Boston for many years. He served on our Investment Committee for most of that time through good times and not so good ones. We will all miss his friendship and his sense of humor.
We send our condolences to his family and hope that you can take some solace in all of the lives which he touched.

November 9, 2010

I send my love and deep sympathy to Barbara, Emily and Susan.
Jean Field

November 5, 2010

Dear Barbara and family,
We were sorry to hear of Steve's struggle and passing. We have many happy memories of the home we lived in after you did in Wellesley. The theatre he built and left behind was a source of joy for our children for many years. May he rest in peace and may you all find comfort in your memories.
Fondly, Jeanine and Walter Jackson and family

Tina & Bill Helm

November 5, 2010

Dearest Anthony Family,
As you do know, you have been so very, very much in our hearts and prayers over these past, very difficult months. May you find some comfort in knowing that Steve will no longer have to suffer and that we all, so deeply, share in your grief. Wheelock will never be quite the same without Steve's wisdom and generous loyalty in terms of time and treasure to its core mission. As well, at Hamilton College, from which our daughter, Emily, graduated, his legacy will be felt for many, many, many years to come.

We will sorely miss you, Steve!!!

Fondly, Tina and Bill Helm

David Balch

November 4, 2010

Barbara and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. To Steve: D-1 and TBird Chardonnay will always be there. Rest in peace.
Dave, Linda and Val of Captain Higgins Restaurant

Kathleen Nagle

November 4, 2010

Barbara and Family,
We were so saddened to hear of your tremendous loss. Know that the community is grieving with you and your family and we will miss Stephen immensely. He always remembered everyones name and asked what had gone on since he had last seen us. I hope to be able to make the memorial on Saturday but do not know if I will be out of work in time. Please accept our condolences.
Kathleen and Alan

November 4, 2010

Dear Anthony family, Tim and I and Kevin will be especially thanksful this Thanksgiving that we had such a wonderful part of Wellfleet with us for as long as we did. When we first came to Wellfleet to manage the Chequessett Country Club some forty years ago, we started to make so many friends and feel the magic of the seaside community. Steve certainly was the magic for us. We will be saying a prayer for Steve this Thanksgiving and will be thinking of your family as well. Tim, Claire, and Kevin Carroll

Carole Donlon-McAuliffe

November 4, 2010

To Emily,

Your dad was much too young to die. We are so sorry for this tremendous loss to you and your family. Your dad was such a valuable member of not just this community but to the many organizations and people who benefitted from his generosity and personal contributions. Please convey our condolences to your family.

Carole and Jim McAuliffe