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Life Celebration

James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home
Saturday April 9th, 2022
3:00pm - 5:00pm

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Memorial Service

James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home
Saturday April 9th, 2022

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Stephen R. Tarbell

Stephen R. Tarbell, age 63, passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, in the Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.  Born in Norwood, Massachusetts on June 3, 1958, he was the son of the late Lester J. and Hazel R. (Randall) Tarbell.  He was raised in Walpole, Massachusetts, where he attended Walpole High School, before graduating from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire with the Class of 1976.  Stephen continued his education at Ithaca College, earning his bachelors degree in 1980.  Upon his return home to Walpole, Stephen took a position with Service Merchandise in Natick.


While working at Service Merchandise, Stephen met his wife to be, Donna L. Wilber.  Stephen and Donna were married on May 21, 1988, in the Union Congregational Church in East Walpole.  The couple made their home together in Walpole, and Stephen went on to work as a store manager with CVS and Blockbuster Video in various locations and Rocky's Ace Hardware in Walpole, helping customers with their projects.


When he wasn't hard at work, Stephen enjoyed spending the day on a golf course with his buddies, sharing laughs along the way.  He loved to spend his summers on Welch Island on Lake Winnipesaukee at the cabin he helped build with his dad, Never Too Late, and he looked forward to his annual fishing trip to Pierce Pond in Maine, casting his line into the water to try his luck.  Back at home, as an avid Boston sports fan, Stephen could be found cheering for his beloved Patriots with his dad as season ticket holders for many years. He and his friend Jerry, most years found their way into Fenway for the Red Sox opening day.  More than anything, Stephen loved being surrounded by his family, treasuring the time spent with his nieces and nephews, as well as their children.


Beloved husband of Donna L. (Wilber) Tarbell.

Devoted son of the late Lester J. and Hazel R. (Randall) Tarbell.

Loving brother of Joseph E. Tarbell and his wife, Patricia, of Walpole, Nancy T. Farris and her husband, Ken, of East Walpole, and Betsie T. Smith and her husband, Bill, of East Walpole.

Cherished uncle of 10 nieces and nephews and 17 great nieces and great nephews.


Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Stephen's Life Celebration on Saturday, April 9, 2022, from 3 to 5 PM in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole.  A Funeral Home Service will follow at 5:00 PM.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Stephen's name may be made to: Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.

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Cindy Mushnick lit a candle for Stephen R. Tarbell

Cindy Mushnick Apr 8 2022 12:09 AM

I am so so sorry to hear about Steve's passing. May God bless, RIP.

Cindy Mushnick Apr 8 2022 12:02 AM

I don't think I ever laughed as hard as I did when Steven told the story of the disposal of the old refrigerator up at camp. He gave the world a lot of laughs, and that's not nothing. My condolences to all the family
He will be missed on Welch Island

when you told the story of disposing of the old refrigerator up at camp

Ann Hodsdon Apr 7 2022 2:55 PM

so sad to hear about Steven's passing. I remember him for class in Bird School and East Jr. High. I still have our class picture book. Steven's was a wonderful person.

Barbara Masterson (Tobin) Apr 7 2022 1:43 PM

I love you Steve. I'll never forget you. One of a kind. I hope you and Les are sitting in Lester's Lounge having a brew and laughing your asses off at some stupid joke. Please know that you changed my life and the lives of many for the better. You made the world a better place, and a lot more fun. Love you brother.

Ray Stone Apr 6 2022 7:00 PM

Steve, I can't believe you are gone. Oh hell, just too soon. I will miss our conversations about politics or the Patriots. I will miss your sense of humor and ability to see the funny side of life. I will miss your letters to the editor of the Boston Globe. Well done! Most of all I will miss your friendship and your kind and gentle way. I have never laughed so much and so hard than with you. I hope you and Les are sitting in Lester's lounge pissing yourself laughing about your latest joke. I love you brother..I will never forget you. Peace.

Ray Stone Apr 6 2022 6:53 PM

Very sad to hear of Steve's passing. He was a childhood friend from Kindergarten carpool through Bird School and East Jr High. Such good memories of those times. My condolences to his family and many friends.

Peter Cento Apr 6 2022 3:23 PM