Steven Compson

Steven Douglas Compson

Thursday, October 5th, 1961 - Saturday, June 27th, 2020
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Steven Douglas Compson (aka Beaver), 58, of Cromwell, loving son, brother, uncle and devoted educator, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 27, 2020 after a courageous fight against ALS.
Steve was raised in Newington, graduated from South Catholic High and received a Masters Degree in Education at CCSU. He taught history at Plainville High School for 35 years and absolutely loved his time there. Over the years, Steve coached girls volleyball and basketball and was part of a team announcing baseball games. Steve thoroughly enjoyed being an educator and had wonderful relationships with his coworkers and students. Wherever help was needed, Steve was always there.
He was a voracious reader, a book was never far from his hand. He enjoyed music, movies, science fiction, anything related to space exploration and was a huge sports fan. He loved having a large extended family and spending time with his immediate family, especially his cherished niece, Kayla. His favorite place was Cape Cod, he spent many summer days kayaking, biking, walking and swimming. He would always watch the sunset over Cape Cod Bay and took beautiful photos that he shared with others.
Steve was aware from a young age how blessed he was to have parents that loved and cared for him so much and ensured that he saw many great things around the nation. He was a devoted son, always helping his parents, including moving in to help his Mom after his Dad’s passing.
Gone too soon, we will all miss his great sense of humor, seeing him laugh and the twinkle in his eye when he did. Along with his mother Joan Reilly Compson, he will be deeply missed and forever remembered by his sister Cathy Bernstein of Rocky Hill, his brother Michael Compson with his wife Robbie and their daughter Kayla, all of Columbia, MD; as well as his extended family, many close and dear friends, and his teaching family. In Steve's own words "he is no longer hanging in or hanging on, but has passed to the next realm".

Friends and relatives may call on the family, Thursday, July 2, 2020 from 9:00 – 10:15 am at the Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home, 34 Beaver Rd., Wethersfield; with the following mandates to be adhered to due to COVID 19, masks are required, six feet of social distancing along with having a maximum of 50 people (including family) in the funeral home at a time, in addition to keeping visiting to a minimum in consideration of other attendees.
A private Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 11 am, followed by a public Committal Service at 12 noon in Rose Hill Memorial Park (Section 31), Rocky Hill. The family requests In Lieu of Flowers, that memorial donations be made to the "Steve Compson Scholarship Fund" Plainville High School, 47 Robert Holcomb Way, Plainville, CT 06062 and/or to the ALS Association. To extend online condolences, share a memory, and/or live streaming instructions for the Mass and Committal services, please visit Steve’s webpage at
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:15am
    Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
    Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Wethersfield
    34 Beaver Rd.
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    Masks are required. 6ft. Social Distancing No more than 50 attendees in the funeral home at a time (including family) Be considerate of other attendees, keep visit to a minimum please
  • Interment

    Rose Hill Memorial Park
    580 Elm St.
    Rocky Hill, CT 06067
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    Section 31


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Carol Von Achen

Posted at 03:26pm
I taught with Steve for 4 years at PHS and was lucky to consider him a friend. After I transferred to the middle school, and for the next 20 plus years, I could always count on a big smile and warm embrace from Steve at convocation at the start of each year, as well as a warm greeting at any interschool in-service that we both may have attended. Steve will be sorely missed by all that knew him. My sincere and deep sympathy. Carol Von Achen

Patricia Rotatori

Posted at 04:11pm
Mrs. Compson and family,

I am so very saddened by Steve's passing. We met in high school and I have such fond memories of Steve...kind, smart, fun, funny, caring and oh that mischievous smile! He always looked as if he were up to no good or about to crack a joke. He certainly brought a smile and laugh to all he met. I'm not surprised he was a dedicated and beloved teacher. His students were very fortunate. He made a difference. I wish I could have joined you today but am happy there will be an opportunity to celebrate Steve's life and share more fond memories of a special guy! I wish you peace.

Patty Lutz Rotatori

Elaine Lawlor

Posted at 11:27am
My name is Elaine Lawlor & I am the wife of Bernie Lawlor who passed away in March 2019. Bernie taught at PHS for 34 years & also taught history as did Steve. They both were voracious readers & spent much time exchanging books & giving each other book reports. I saw Steve many times at events we would chaperone & at the end of the year picnics. He was always so friendly & personable & I will always remember his laugh, smile & beautiful twinkling eyes. Being a profound educator was his passion! All of his students were so lucky to have him as a teacher. My condolences to his Mom, siblings, niece & extended family. I picture he & my Bernie in heaven keeping up with the latest books. My prayers are with all of you & May God bless you all. Sincerely, Elaine Lawlor 🙏🏻

The Education Association of Plainville

Posted at 08:44pm
We will never forget the many contributions Steve has given our students, our staff, and our PHS family. Our deepest condolences.
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Mercurio Evangelista

Posted at 04:02pm
Steve was just a great guy, he was a true gentleman in every way. My older children had him as a teacher and my oldest daughter, that played basketball at Plainville High School, was coached by Steve. They have had nothing by great things to say about their former teacher and coach. I'll miss sitting at our end of year awards banquets at the Aqua Turf with Steve. It was always a pleasure listening and speaking with him. I was very taken back when I heard that Steve passed away, I will miss him as well as the whole Plainville community. My sincere condolences go out to Steve's family.

Mercurio Evangelista

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