Steven P. Sjogren (Shogie) died at home in Edgartown, three years after treatment for colorectal cancer on June 14. He was just shy of his 72nd birthday on July 5th.

After graduating Wachusett Regional High School in Holden, Mass., he began the “adventurous journey” of young male adulthood known only to those of the 1970’s. He and his pals split their time between Colorado where they enjoyed skiing and Martha’s Vineyard where they sailed, fished and partied. He landed on the Island with not much more than the clothes on his back.

Shogie was happiest fishing off his boat, Pearl. Like most Islanders, he participated in ‘The Derby’ for over 30 years. He also earned his Captain’s License, which he was proud of.

He learned to frame houses before becoming an accomplished finish carpenter. Through the years he had many interests, including arrowhead collecting, making art with found treasures, teaching himself to weld lead and making steel benches, tables, stools, steel flowerpots and steel roses. He made molds for casting resin fish and read several books a week. He was also a great storyteller.

He became a Big Brother to Matthew Leonard about 20 years ago, when he was encouraged to join the Big Brother Big Sister Organization. He mentored Matthew over the years and they remained close until his passing.

Most of his friends were unaware of his illness and surprised by his death. He was lovingly cared for by his mother and sisters until his last breath.

He is survived by his mother Elizabeth Sjogren and his sisters Beth Sjogren -Miller (Pete), Wendy Chabot (Dean) and Laurel Sjogren. His father, Paul Sjogren predeceased Steven in 1970. Steve will be missed by his aunt, nieces, cousins and their families. Stevens’ family dearly loved him and will cherish all the time we spent together. He also had many Island friends who will miss him.

A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, July 12 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the PA Club in Oak Bluffs.