Stephen Dec, 49, Loved Fishing in Island Waters

Stephen A. Dec of Edgartown, 49, died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002, at his home with family and friends by his side.

Born in Milford, he was the son of the late Alfons and Eleanor Fitzgerald Dec. He was an avid fisherman and a resident of the Vineyard for more than 20 years.

He leaves four sisters, Donna Russo of Denver, Colo., Charlene Dec of Boca Raton, Fla., Christine Sager of Milford and Marcia Dec of Boswell, Pa. Also surviving him are several nieces and nephews, along with his many loving friends from Edgartown.

At his request, there will be a memorial service in the spring on Martha's Vineyard, and his ashes will be spread on the waters of the homeland he cherished.

Memorial donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse Service of Martha's Vineyard, 111 Edgartown Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568, or Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.