Stephen Towne

Stephen Pierce Towne

Wednesday, August 1st, 1951 - Friday, April 23rd, 2021
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DOVER: Stephen Pierce Towne, 69 passed away unexpectedly on April 22, 2021 in the Portsmouth Regional Hospital from an accident while playing basketball. He was born on August 1, 1951 in Dover, NH to Lawrence and Reita (Pierce) Towne.
Stephen graduated from Dover High School, Dover, NH; where he was an athlete and a scholar, and went on to earn a degree from the State University of New Hampshire in Durham.
Stephen touched countless children during the time he coached little league at Dover South Side. Stephen was involved win many activities, which included organizing the “Over the Hill Basketball League”. Stephen loved to travel and going to Disney World.

For those families and friends, he left behind, there are countless memories of Stephen’s love for sports and travel.
Stephen is survived by his brother, Robert Towne.
A Memorial service will be held on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 10:00 am Wiggin Purdy McCooey Dion Funeral Home, 655 Central Ave, Dover, NH. The burial will follow the service at Pine Hill Cemetery, Central Ave. Dover, NH. To sign our online guestbook, please go to
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  • Memorial Service

    Friday, April 30th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Friday, April 30th, 2021 10:00am
    Wiggin Purdy McCooey Dion Funeral Home
    655 Central Ave
    Dover, New Hampshire 03820
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Reverend Kenneth Monahan
  • Interment

    Friday, April 30th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Friday, April 30th, 2021 11:00am
    Pine Hill Cemetery
    131 Central Ave.
    Dover, NH 03820
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Kathy Hughes

Posted at 12:58pm
Sending sincere condolences to the family of an outstanding fellow classmate and Class Gentleman
“Class Lady”
Kathy Gonye Hughes

Diana Lavoie

Posted at 03:27pm
Steve's heart was as big as he was. He was kind, thoughtful & generous. He loved the Yankees, to our chagrin. His ringtone was "Yankees win!", which was annoying to hear in an office where the majority of his co-workers were Red Sox fans. His enthusiasm for life brightened my day. Prior to COVID, my husband & I would see him at Johnson's Seafood in Northwood. He loved pies. He gave me a couple of recipes from his mother that had been favorites of his, & I made them for him. He was generous with his time, organizing baseball games for the children of Dover. Steve also loved the donuts from Harveys. After retirement, he would tease me that he lost weight on the donut-a-day diet. Of course, he walked 5 miles round-trip to get that donut! Steve, you will be missed by many. Diana Lavoie

Walter King

Posted at 12:27am
Steve was one of our regular MWF basketball buds at the Butterfield gym for the past 5 years.. We played many a hard 2:2, 3:3 or 4:4 games. For a man his size, I was amazed at his quick feet and how tough he could play defense. All of us found it difficult to score on Steve. He taught me a lot about the game of basketball, which I played 50 years ago and only picked up after I retired. We also had a lot of political "chats" and I could always count on his wry commentary which was his trademark. It was that sense of humor that also endeared me to me no matter our political differences. I was there playing with Steve on that last day - we tried everything to save him and we all were so emotionally drained and saddened that we lost a true friend. I will dearly miss him and will always remember how much he loved the game of basketball - a game that taught us a lot about each other.

David Keller

Posted at 06:22pm
To the Towne family, sorry for you loss. Steve made an impression on my son in baseball and basketball.
Dave Keller
Rochester, NH

Anne Malone

Posted at 01:03pm
Steve was in many of my classes in high school, as well as in the band with me. He was a kind, funny, and smart guy, and I was shocked and saddened to hear about his death. I'm glad we had a chance to visit during the class reunion in 2019. He was one of the nicest guys I know, and my heart goes out to his brother and his many friends.

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