WATERTOWN — Stephen Paul Lukos passed away unexpectedly on the morning of March 24, 2021. He was 66 years old.
Stephen was born on May 24, 1954, in Waterbury to Carol Anne (Wiltshire) Lukos and the late Simon Francis Lukos, Jr.
He attended Watertown area schools where he took interest in mathematics, woodworking and gymnastics. He graduated from Watertown High School in 1973.
As a young man, Stephen was hardworking, intelligent and handsome, but the trick up his sleeve was his brilliant engineering mind. In 1975, he purchased his father’s aluminum siding company, Eastern Aluminum. The company imported and installed European awnings, as one of its many specialties, but in 1985 after years of frustration with the poor quality and service, Stephen embarked on a mission to invent his own fabric retractable awnings.
He steadily built the company over the decades into a major manufacturer of American-made, high-quality awnings and solar shades, under the names Eastern Awning and Worldscreen. Eastern’s awnings have been installed on remarkable buildings from the White House to the home of the Mayor of Moscow and other famous locations such as Grand Central Station. They are still manufactured with pride at the company’s 37,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Watertown.
While growing the company in his 20s, Stephen also applied his engineering genius to motorcycles, competing regionally and nationally in motorcycle drag-racing in the ‘70s and ‘80s. He broke, and still holds, numerous motorcycle drag-racing records, both domestically and globally, achieved on Funny Bikes he designed and built himself.
He gave up his racing career to pursue his passion for carpentry, designing and custom building his own home, also in Watertown.
Stephen often donated money to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Watertown High School Robotics Team, the Lions Club, Easter Seals and the Possum Queen Foundation. In 2005, he was invited to join the Ancient Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts. Stephen traveled to various countries with members of this organization including Poland, Germany, Czech Republic and Croatia.
His private time was usually spent on his beloved boat on Long Island Sound with friends and family; his true love was the ocean.
Stephen was preceded in death by his father, Simon, and his brother Michael.
He will be lovingly remembered by his three daughters, Heidi (Tom), Krista (Andrew), and Sadie; his grandchildren, Samuel and Molly; his step-grandson, Tommy; his mother, Carol; his sisters, Deborah and Sandra (Robert), and his sweetheart, Janice.
Stephen’s charm, inquisitive mind and kind heart will be deeply missed. His motto in life was, “work hard, play hard,” and that he always did.
A private service will be held at his home.
The Hickcox Funeral Home, 195 Main St., is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Possum Queen Foundation of Litchfield.
For additional information or to leave an online message of condolence, visit www.hickcoxfuneralhome.com.