FULTON, NY – Stephen R. Polacek III, 76, of Palermo, passed away on Tuesday September 1, 2015, at home surrounded by his family.
He was born on May 22, 1939, in Syracuse, NY.
Stephen served proudly in the US Navy.
He had worked on construction for many years and he retired from Chrysler New Venture Gear after 23 years of service.
He was a devoted family man.
Stephen was an avid fisherman, outdoorsman and was a professional Santa Clause for children for more than 20 years.
He was predeceased by his father, Stephen R. Polacek; step-mother, Sophie Polacek; mother, Jane Polacek; brother, Ronald Polacek; and daughter, Barbara King.
He will be greatly missed and forever loved by his wife of 50 years, Nancy Garrison Polacek; four children, Bonnie (Robert) Laforte, Debi (Joseph) Firenze, Ronald (Gidget) Kastler and Stephen Polacek IV; firstborn grandson and best friend, Jason (Nicole) Mace; grandchildren, Rebecca (Gary) Bevacqua, Jennifer (Tom) Bryson, Joshua Sixberry, Edwin Soble III, Jeremiah Kastler, Jessica Soble, Stephanie Tassone, Amanda Sixberry, Trevor Polacek, Kevin King Jr., Ashley Polacek and Zachariah William Stephen Kastler; many great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Kevin King; brother, John Polacek; sister, Kathy Moody; as well as several nieces, nephews, relatives and close friends.
Calling hours will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.
A service will follow at 1 p.m.
Burial will be in Roosevelt Cemetery, State Route 49, Schroeppel.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in his name and memory to Make a Wish Foundation of CNY, www.cnywish.org
Foster Funeral Home, Inc.