Stephen Place

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Stephen Place
Stephen Place

Stephen Place, 71, passed away on September 30, 2020 in Morristown Medical Center, surrounded by his children.

He was born September 7, 1949, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Jack and Agnes Place. After high school, Steve volunteered to serve in the Vietnam War. He served in the Army and was a member of the 1st Battalion of the 7th Cavalry Air Mobile Division, with which he made over 40 combat jumps from a helicopter. He was part of a machine gun squad that patrolled the jungle with his platoon for weeks at a time looking for enemy combatants. Steve received two Purple Hearts for wounds received in combat. He carried scars and shrapnel within his body the rest of his days, and loved telling his children and their friends war stories, always smiling as he did.

After the war, he returned to Brooklyn and married Margaret Sparano. The couple had three children, Jenny, Tommy, and Christopher, and moved to Livingston, New Jersey, where they enjoyed 41 years of marriage before Margie predeceased him in 2014.

Steve became a member of the New York Cotton Exchange, where he traded cotton for his entire career in World Trade Center 4. He was respected as a straight shooter, someone you could do business with honestly, and formed friendships he cherished with his coworkers.

Steve loved to golf with his closest friends. He enjoyed driving his boat on Trout Lake, New York, with his grandchildren, whom he adored. He also loved to just sit and look at the woods behind his home with a cup of coffee, content with his life.

He is survived by his children, Jenny Capizano and her husband, Chris Capizano; their two sons, Justin and Cody, of East Hanover, New Jersey; his son, Thomas Place and his wife, Allison; their two daughters, Julia and Cara, of West Orange, New Jersey; and his son, Christopher Place and his wife, Jennifer; and their children, Stevie and Charles of Verona, New Jersey. He is also survived by his six siblings, Johnny, Rosemary, James, Barbara, Mary, and Charles; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, Ellen and Agnes.

There will be no services at this time. All we ask in lieu of anything is that you pay forward the kindness and respect toward others in the same manner that our father lived his life. Please raise your cup of coffee, or your glass of red in his honor.

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