Stephen Edward Lipscomb

8/22/2021

Stephen Edward Lipscomb, age 70, of Glen Rock, New Jersey, passed away suddenly on August 22, 2021. Born in Astoria, Queens, New York, he grew up in Glen Rock, where his family moved when he was six months old.

     Stephen attended Clara E. Coleman Elementary and Glen Rock Junior High Schools. He was graduated from Glen Rock High School along with the magnificent class of 1969! Stephen attended Southampton College in Long Island, and then transferred to Northeastern University in Boston in his second semester as a freshman. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Northeastern, while participating in the University’s Work-Study Program (Co-Op), in 1974.

     He met Nina (Kurowski) in 1972 and they were married in 1982 while residing in Brookline, Massachusetts. The newlyweds relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area after their honeymoon, where they resided (Pleasant Hill and Rohnert Park) until a year after the birth, in 1990, of their wonderful daughter, Patricia. They returned to Glen Rock in 1991to be close to Patricia’s grandmothers (Maria Kurowski and Minerva Lipscomb) and devoted Uncle Robert (Lipscomb).

     Stephen was a faithful member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Glen Rock and St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Ridgewood. A man with a remarkable sense of humor, Stephen had a strong admiration for the comedic and legendary talents of Stanley Laurel and Oliver Hardy, and especially of their film, “Sons of the Desert.” Stephen was a devoted Brother of the Sons of the Desert International Admiration Society (Flying Deuces Tent). He loved the Beatles (George Harrison specifically), the Stones, Clapton, the Grateful Dead, and so many others through the decades. He also delighted in traveling, communing with friends across several continents, and engaging in banter on all manner of topics. Scouting out exquisite dining establishments, and introducing to and sharing his experience with family and friends, was a particular joy in his life. And music, history, collectibles, reading, and trivia (a veritable fount of information!) were his passion.

     Stephen’s lengthy and successful career included working with General Foods and various Boston area department stores while on Co-Op at Northeastern. He took great pride in his salesmanship while selling ad space at the Boston Phoenix, where he met some interesting characters in very interesting enterprises. During the ten years in the San Francisco Bay Area, Stephen worked, and sold product manufactured, at Area Lighting Research in Santa Rosa, and ad publishing with McGraw-Hill in San Francisco. When Stephen and his family returned to Glen Rock, he worked with Jersey Central Power and Light. He later resumed his career in advertising, which spanned many years. This included the launching of Nutraceuticals World, a very successful pharmaceuticals magazine published to the industry at Rodman Media, Montvale, New Jersey. Stephen enjoyed working, traveling, communing and dining with his Rodman crew for over 20 years. Stephen retired in January of 2020, and he and his wife had many plans to travel, visit family and friends, and dine out extensively across several continents. His family and the world have lost a tremendously loving man, a magnificent diplomat and an unmatched sense of humor!

     Beloved husband of Nina (Sonia Maria née Kurowski) Lipscomb. Loving and devoted father of Patricia Catherine Lipscomb, of whom he is so proud (the feeling is very mutual). Beloved son of Charles W. Lipscomb (passed 1970), and Minerva (née Mahr) Lipscomb (passed 2005). Devoted brother of the late Robert Lipscomb (passed 2013). Uncle of a half dozen nieces and nephews. Dear cousin of Lynn Sheppard (Baltimore area) and family, and Edward Gallo (Queens) and family. Stephen is a true friend to a multitude of friends. Stephen and Nina celebrated their 49th first date anniversary on August 16th. Today, September 11th , they celebrate their 39th wedding anniversary. 

     A service at All Saints Episcopal Church, Glen Rock, is being planned for a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations will be appreciated in his honor at the Parkinson’s Foundation.

   

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It was with sadness that I learned of the passing of Steve (aka "Lippy") Lipscomb. He was a constant presence in our home as one of the closest friends of my older brother George, a fellow alumnus of GRHS '69. Steve's mother, Minerva (aka "Mrs. Lipscomb" to all of us) was a long time presence as one of the administrative support personnel at Glen Rock High and was well known throughout the community. Steve and George, along with their two compatriots "Uncle" Floyd Vivino and radio announcer and executive Brian Jackson, formed a quartet that kept members of the community laughing. Who else would've been involved in bringing Jay Black and the Americans to play in the gym at GRHS? Or producing and acting in plays by Thornton Wilder (Pullman Car Hiawatha) and directed by GRHS beloved English teacher Okey Chenoweth? We were all fortunate to know Steve and we extend our condolences to his family at this time.
Michael Gera
9/14/2021
I met Stephen in 1982 when he and Nina moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. Stephen had a wonderful sense of humor and we often joked about the Three Stooges and Laurel and Hardy. I remember how proud he and Nina were when their lively daughter Patricia was born. Stephen was a great husband, father and friend. He will be greatly missed.
Robin Miller
9/13/2021
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