Stephen J. McCabe ’56 died on May 21, 2022, in Plymouth, Massachusetts
(The following was provided by the Cartmell Davis Funeral Home on May 21, 2022)
Plymouth, MA – Stephen John McCabe, Sr., age 87, of Plymouth, MA, and formerly of Westborough, MA, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, May 21st. The beloved husband of the late M. Lois McCabe for sixty-two years, Steve was a loving father and grandfather to his five children and ten grandchildren; Stephen J. McCabe, Jr., his wife, Susan, and their children Kara, Katie, and Michael of Connecticut; Mark T. McCabe, his wife, Kim, and their children Sarah, Emily, and Tommy of Florida; Jonathan B. McCabe, his wife, Tina, and their children Jessica and Blake of Rhode Island; Scott C. McCabe and his wife, Lara, of South Carolina; and Heather M. Shea, her husband, Ken, and their children Stephen and Alyssa of Franklin, Massachusetts. Steve was the proud family member of two brothers, Philip and Paul, and one sister, Martha, as well as the late Frank and John. Steve had twelve great-grandchildren and dozens of nieces and nephews. Born in Boston, MA, on July 7, 1934, son of the late John F. McCabe and the late Frances M. McCabe. Steve graduated from English High School, Boston, MA, in 1952 where he captained the football and track teams and was eventually inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame. He went on to Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, where he captained the football and track teams and received an AB in Chemistry in 1956. He also earned a master’s degree from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute School of Industrial Management in 1964. His career was focused on industrial and consumer goods manufacturing companies, both large and small. He specialized in high-growth environments, turnaround situations, startups, and plant relocations, with extensive hands-on general management experience in Asia, Europe, Mexico and at multiple locations across the United States. During his twenty-seven-year career at Norton Company (now Saint-Gobain), Steve oversaw the construction of a 350,000 square foot facility on the Mexican border and the successful turnaround of a raw materials operation in Lillesand, Norway. Steve was a Massachusetts registered professional engineer, a former trustee of the Northwood School in Lake Placid, NY, former chair of the Expatriate Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Jakarta, Indonesia, and a past director of the Norton Company Credit Union. Steve was a reserve-commissioned officer, grade of first lieutenant, in the Army of the United States. Finally, he was a fifteen-year member of the Old Colony Club in Plymouth, MA. The Old Colony Club was instituted at the Old Colony Hall on January 13, 1769 ,and is the oldest active social club in the United States. Steve’s career led to travels all over the world however, this is only part of his rich life story. While he enjoyed a good read, especially about world history, and a full day working in his garden, his number one priority in life was his family. He loved hosting family gatherings at his home on East Bay Lane in Plymouth or attending sporting events of his kids, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He was a friendly, outgoing man with a gigantic laugh who never failed to produce an interesting conversation or funny joke. Cheers to a life well-lived. He will be missed by many.