WATERTOWN — With tremendous heartache, the family of Steven “Steve” Thomas Eazarsky of Watertown shares his passing on Friday, January 24, 2020. He exhibited admirable courageousness and bravery throughout his extended illness and subsequent hospitalizations at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Gaylord Specialty Hospital.
Steve was born February 22, 1978 in Waterbury. Growing up playing in New England’s backwoods, Steven’s philosophy can best be described by a Frank Lloyd Wright adage; “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” Steven was an avid outdoorsman and embraced all opportunities to engage with nature; through sport, such as snowboarding or golf, and through observation and documentation of nature through his photography.
Steve graduated from Watertown High School in 1996 and from UConn in 2001 with a B.S. in chemistry. He engaged his academic interests through his work as an analytical chemist at Hydro Technologies.
He supported his love of nature through his seasonal work as a landscape technician at Watertown Golf Club and as a snowboard instructor and trainer at Catamount Mountain Resort. Steve’s quiet and unassuming presence was a perfect fit for his work with instructing children and teaching them through his own passion for snowboarding.
Steven was a self-taught photographer, specializing in landscape and light play. Photography of nature was a meditation and a daily practice for him. He had many exhibits of his work over the years and leaves behind a legacy of beautiful and inspiring nature photographs that will be enjoyed by those who love his work and him.
Music was an integral part of Steve’s daily routine. He listened to a wide variety of music including heavy metal, classic rock ‘n roll, jazz, alternative and top 40 hits. He attended many live music shows and festivals and could always be seen with earphones, listening to his selection of the day. His music collection was vast and he loved to share his love of music with those nearest and dearest to him.
Steve was known by those who loved him for his witty retorts, sarcastic intonation, and the general humor and brevity he could bring to any situation. Even during his fiercest struggles with illness, he could be relied on to make family, friends and even the staff at the hospital chuckle from a snide remark. No one could match his timing of his sarcastic retorts; this part of his personality continues to make his family smile and chuckle to think what Steven would be saying to them. To quote Steve, “Once upon a time in a distant land far, far away… I was a chemical scientician.”
He leaves his immediate family, who dearly loved him: his mother, Barbara Simard; his sister, Jennifer Eazarsky; his brother, Scott Simard and sister-in-law, Claudia, and their children, Bradley and Andrew. He was predeceased by his birth father, Jack Eazarsky, and the father who continued to raise him, Les Simard.
Also left to treasure his memory are his Aunt Claudia and Uncle Jon Anderson and Aunt Tanya Beach; his lifelong friends, Ian and Ami Marshall; his new godson, Matthew Marshall; and numerous cousins and friends (Eric, Shari, Curt, Geoff, Amy) throughout the country.
The family would like to thank all those known and unknown who have prayed for Steven.
A Celebration of Steven’s Life took place February 8 at Hickcox Funeral Home, 195 Main St., Watertown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Steven T. Eazarsky Memorial Fund at www.gofundme.com.
For additional information or to leave an online message of condolence, visit www.hickcoxfuneralhome.com.