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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 grew up with the Brien family in Edgewood, Rhode Island and offer my condolences to Sharon, Carol and David for the loss of their brother. Steve was older than me but I would often see him whenever visiting brother David. Steve would always greet me with a smile and ask how everyone in my family was doing. Always friendly and willing to touch base. Many years later, I saw Steve many times when visiting my father at the RI Veterans Home in Bristol. He had changed, as we all have, but he always greeted me with the same smile and asked how everyone was in the family. Essentially, still the same caring person after many years. I believe that a person is measured by the people he has touched in his life. When I think of Steve, I remember how he made me feel welcome whenever he was around. May he rest in peace. Kevin Beagan

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • Beautiful obituary! My deepest sympathy! He will be truly missed by the veterans home staff!

  • My condolences to the family. 🙏🙏Thinking of you, Jim❤

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