Stephen Nicholas Parrett, 57, of Micco – Obituary – Sebastian Daily

Stephen Nicholas Parrett

Stephen Nicholas Parrett, 57, of New Canaan, CT, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 16, 2022. He was born July 20, 1964 in Stamford, CT.

Stephen has been a resident of New Canaan for most of his life, graduating from New Canaan High School in 1982. He cared deeply about helping others and his community, which has shown over time. that he spent volunteering for the city. He was first a member of CERT and then joined New Canaan Fire Company No. 1 in 2005. He was a certified driver, pump and tanker operator, active member of numerous committees and proudly served as President in 2009 in 2017. Stephen was also a Connecticut State Certified Fire Department Instructor. He was instrumental in putting up a new mast for the 9/11 memorial in front of the fire station. He very much enjoyed his time with the NCFC and the friendships he formed. He also served on the New Canaan 4th of July Committee for several years.

More than anything, Stephen loved being with his family and taking family trips to Bermuda, Scotland, England, Italy and Florida. He also enjoyed listening to and singing music, especially classic rock. He was an amazing chef and loved cooking for his family and friends.

He always looked forward to cooking at Old Timer’s Clam Bake with his friend Steve Benko. On sunny days, if he wasn’t cruising his Harley Davidson Road King with his buddies, you might find him sitting under a shady tree smoking a cigar with his beloved dog, Jessie. If you were in New Canaan around Christmas, you might have seen him on his motorcycle dressed as Santa Claus!

Besides being extremely kind, funny and kind, he had the biggest heart. He was caring and would do anything to help anyone. He was the one to call when you were in trouble. A real “Mr. Fix It”, Stephen could fix anything you put in front of him. One year his Sportster was acting up, he took it apart piece by piece in the front yard, found the source of the problem and lifted it up.

Stephen Nicholas Parrett

Stephen was a jack of all trades, lending his talents and skills to a number of local businesses including Gulf Station, Elm Crest Restaurant, Cherry Street East and the Roger Sherman Inn. After graduating from Porter and Chester Automotive Engineering School, Stephen joined Mercedes Benz in 1993 and served as a Master Technician from 2004 to 2009. He received the Master Guild Award for Automotive Excellence in Stuttgart, Germany, in 2007. He joined BMW/Mini Cooper in 2009. and served as Service Manager until 2019. He then volunteered at the High Watch Recovery Center in Kent CT, and worked in customer services for the Mountainside Treatment Center in Canaan, CT, before retiring to Micco, FL. with his lifelong friend/love of his life, Amy Cross, of Micco, Florida.

Stephen is survived by his ex-wife, Kathleen Parrett, his daughters Melissa Tropeano (Andrew) and Kristina Parrett (Joseph McLaughlin) of New Canaan, CT, his parents Nicholas F. Parrett (Jane) of Norwalk, CT and Christina Seeley ( Robert) of Nokomis, FL, sisters Jennifer Castagna (Leo) of Monroe, NC and Julia Larkin (Steve) of New Canaan, CT, nieces Stephanie Conti (John), Rebecca Larkin, Amanda Freeland (Chris) and Kayla Morton, nephew Leo Nicholas Castagna, great-nieces and nephews Luca, Brody and Milo Conti, Oliver and Amelia Freeland and Riley Morton. He is predeceased by his grandparents Norman and Winifred Parrett of Stamford, CT, Alfred and Mildred Zamfino of Stamford, CT.

A funeral service will be held at the New Canaan Congregational Church at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 23 followed by a celebration of life. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to New Canaan Fire Company No. 1, 60 Main Street New Canaan, Connecticut.


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