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Stephen Francis Brien

10/04/1954 - 07/14/2021

Obituary For Stephen Francis Brien

Stephen F. Brien, "Steve", 66, formerly of North Providence passed away on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at the Rhode Island Veterans Home. He was a seven-year resident there. Born in Providence, raised in Cranston, he was a son of the late Francis E. and Mildred L. (Moore) Brien.
Steve was drafted and served in the U.S. Army/82nd Airborne division, during the Vietnam War.
He was employed as a small engine mechanic in the automobile field. He was an avid car lover of the sixty and seventy models and a true Chevrolet man. He enjoyed and repeatedly watched all the car shows remaking older models into perfected automobiles. He also loved NASCAR and NHRA car races.
Steve is survived by his siblings, Sharon E. Samatis and her husband George, of Warwick, Carol A. Chandler and her husband Ralph, of Renton, WA., David E. Brien and wife Jayme of Spokane, WA. He truly was a proud Uncle to six, Geoff, Jeremy, Chris, Tiffany, Samantha and Luke. He was also a beloved great Uncle to two great nephews, Anthony and Geoffrey and his great niece Aubrey. He also is survived by many cousins, near and far.
Steve's hobbies included fishing with his ole buddies and his Veteran comrades and his love of music, sports and the water. He was a fan of rock and roll and especially liked the Beatles. He loved the NFL and MLB seasons of which he was a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan and Boston Red Sox fan.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday July 22,2021 from 9-10 AM at Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Rd., Warren, RI 02885.
Burial with military honors will take place in the RI Veterans Cemetery, Exeter RI., 301 South County Trail Exeter, RI 02822.
In lieu of flowers, monetary donations in his memory to the R.I. Veterans Home, 480 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, R.I. 02809 will be greatly appreciated.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Smith Funeral & Memorial Services of Warren.

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I regret that I wont be able to attend the service on Thursday. I will remember Steve as a kind soul and will treasure the visits he made to my father while they were both residing in the Bristol Veteran's Home. Rest in Peace Steve- Danny Beagan from the old neighborhood.
- Daniel Beagan
- Thomas Brien
Rest in peace cousin Steve. You're now reunited with Uncle Frank, Auntie Millie, Memere Brien and all the others! My best memories of Stephen were his random surprise visits to our house growing up in West Warwick. It seemed like he had a different car each time and they kept getting larger and larger with each visit. Unlike his Uncle Nelson and Cousin Richard, he had a keen knack of navigating his large cars through the skinny West St. driveway walls with confidence. His Auntie Muriel always made sure he ate a hot meal before leaving to go back to Cranston. I'll miss you cousin. Now you get to drive whatever car you want! (But never George's Corvette)
- Thomas Brien
- Morag Crawford
Sending thoughts and prayers to Steve's family. Somehow, We connected from the very beginning. You were my handsome and I was your girlfriend! Our conversations were light and fun and I looked forward to them. I will miss those talks and I will miss you Stephen. I will hold you in my heart always. Be free my handsome! Grief never ends but it changes. It's a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith... it is the price of love.
- Jayme Brien
Beautiful obituary! My deepest sympathy! He will be truly missed by the veterans home staff!
- Kim watters
My condolences to the family. 🙏🙏Thinking of you, Jim❤
- Maria Antoniadis
- Maria Antoniadis

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