STEPHEN FRANCIS DINDA - AKA STEVIE, LOVEY, MR. D, PAPA STEVE
Steve was born in Farmingdale, New York on 9/4/1942 to Frank Dinda and Frances Stephens Dinda and is the older brother of James Dinda and Elizabeth Churchill.
He graduated with honors from Half Hollow Hills High School, where he was senior class president and captain of the wrestling team.
Steve attended and graduated from Niagara University, where he met his beloved wife Dorothy Ann Cannon. Together they had their first three children in 2 ½ years.
Post-graduation, he had many different careers. Steve was a stock broker for Edwards and Hanley and Dean Witter. He also owned many of his own businesses. His Pioneer General Store in Bethpage, New York, was one of the first convenience stores in the U.S. with gas pumps in front. Steve also owned and operated a chain of gas stations throughout Nassau County, New York.
In his Forest City, Wantagh years, he coached Little League, played softball, competed in the community bowling league and was an avid poker player.
In his mid-forties, Steve left New York and found his calling, selling timeshare for the Marriott Vacation Club in their Telesales department. He became their top producer, won salesman of the year, and was the first Telesales salesman in the history of the company to reach presidential status. He was looked upon as a mentor, trainer, role model, friend and a friendly ear to speak to. He was acclaimed for his ethics and possibly best remembered for his sarcastic wit. He retired when stricken with cancer in 2002.
Steve is preceded in death by his wife Dorothy and is survived by his second wife, Jane Powers and 5 children Susan Fischer (Gregory), James (Kimberly), Joseph, Frank (Kimberly), and Dorothy Mooney (James). He is also survived by his 7 treasured grandchildren, Josh, Jake, Andre, Austyn, Lexi, Aston and Mia.
Steve was a cancer survivor, a life-long Catholic and looked forward to eternal life in heaven.
I am sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. I hope the family will find some comfort and strength in Jesus promise of the earthly resurrection(Acts 24:15)and the renewed Paradise earth, where death will be no more and no family will mourn the death of a loved one.-Revelation 21:3,4;John 5:28,29;Luke 23:43. may GOD(Psalms 83:18)grant you peace and comfort now, during this grievous time.-Matthew 5:4.
I would like to send these words of consolation to those that loved this apostle Paul said what has been made possible by Jesus’ resurrection. “Since death is through a man,” said Paul, “resurrection of the dead is also through a man.” Because of the sin and imperfection passed on to us from Adam, we all die. However, by giving his perfect human life as a ransom, Jesus opened the way for mankind to be released from slavery to sin and death through the resurrection. Summing up the matter nicely, Paul wrote at Romans 6:23: “The wages sin pays is death, but the gift God gives is everlasting life by Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I was Steve’s roommate for Junior and Senior years at Niagara University. He was a smart fun loving friend for all four years until our graduation in 1964. Though our contact since graduation has only been occasional, my memories of Steve are very strong. We last spoke on the phone about one year ago, when he called to tell me of the passing of our other roommate Jim Kuryak.
Steve had deep faith in his religion and I remember at our 25th College reunion, him showing me the rosary he always carried. Steve and Dottie were known by nearly everyone at Niagara University.
“Well done good and faithful servant, Rest In Peace!”
TorranceLearerning sends our deepest sympathies to Joe and the entire Dinda family.
So very sorry to hear about Mr Dinda. I know he was so loved and will be missed very much
I was very sad at the death of Steve Dinda. I knew Steve at our second year at Niagara. The same year Dottie was first year. It turned out that Dottie went to the same High School, St Agnes in Rockville Centre Long Island the same I went to.
Bob Grandjean and I went to their wedding and had a great day. After graduation Steve and I worked on Wall Steet. We would and discuss business. He and Dotty decided to move to Florida.
Unfortunately Dotty passed, I believe 2011.
These two had many friends and I had joy will remember both.
The Lord is with you.
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