Mr. Steven Vamvakis

Mr. Steven Vamvakis

Mr. Steven Vamvakis

Mr. Steven Vamvakis
January 12, 1954 – February 2, 2020

Steven Nicholas Vamvakis, 66, of Naples Fl, formerly of Newport and East Greenwich RI and Tucson, Arizona, passed away at home, on Sunday, February 2, 2020, after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer.

Born in Philadelphia PA on January 12, 1954, he was the son of Nicholas and Martha (Harriman) Vamvakis. He attended the US Naval Academy, (where he also played football), Montclair State University and Temple University, earning a BA in Chemistry and Math, and a master’s degree in chemistry.

Steve was a Commander in the US Navy, working as a Surface Warfare Officer and Special Operations
Officer, until 1983.

Steve worked at Bendix as a Program Manager, Chief Engineer, and Systems Engineer, from 1983-1990.
He then worked for Honeywell, Alliant Tech Systems, Hughes Aircraft, and Raytheon, as Business Director, Technical Director, Chief Engineer, and Engineering Director on various programs, from 1990-2016. While working at Raytheon, he met the love of his life, Carolyn, and they were married August 3, 2001.

Steve retired to Naples, Florida, with his wife Carolyn, where he enjoyed golf, fishing, the beach, boating and poker with the boys. He loved telling stories, and his audiences were mesmerized by his many exploits and adventures. He was loved by all who knew him. He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies fan. He was thrilled to watch his team finally win the Super Bowl! He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and a true friend to all who were fortunate to know him.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Martley) Vamvakis, son Matthew & daughter-in-law Rachel, of Summit NJ, stepson, Bill Roland & wife Julie of East Greenwich RI, stepson, James Roland & wife Melanie, of New York City., and 4 wonderful grandchildren, Ethan, Michael, Olivia and Ellie, who were his pride and joy. He is also survived by his brother, Christopher Vamvakis, of Phoenix Az , and his cousins, John Lalanas, John Chalaris, Nicholas Chalaris, and his aunt, Barbara Chalaris. He is preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Barbara Chu of Vancouver Washington.

A memorial service and reception will be held at 12pm on November 7, 2020, at Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club, 7065 Hamilton Avenue, Naples Fl.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Lazarex Cancer Foundation.


Tish Graham

February 5, 2020, 8:57 pm

So sorry for your loss. Steve always went out of his way to be nice to me. Like when he invited me to Carolyn’s fiftieth birthday party.
You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Bruce Mari

February 11, 2020, 8:12 pm

One of the best people I’ve ever had the pleasure to be in his company!! RIP!!

Alger Mitchell

February 11, 2020, 8:15 pm

My deepest and heartfelt sympathy with love and affection and prayers.

Judith Silvia- Nelson

February 12, 2020, 4:20 pm

A wonderful person has left this earth,heaven will love him tooJudith Silvia-Nelson

Barbara Barber

February 16, 2020, 4:11 pm

We are saddened to hear of Steve’s passing. We will keep all of you in our prayers.


February 18, 2020, 10:52 am

So very sorry to hear this Carolyn….it was great to know Steve, work with him, and to catch up with you guys in Newport when we did….take care

Nicole White

February 24, 2020, 12:32 am

Carolyn, my late husband Clay was always impress by Steve’s achievements and could listen to him for hours and so could I.He will be missed by many.
Keep your courage and you will get through this hard time. Love Nicky


March 15, 2020, 3:15 am

We so enjoyed spending time with both of you here in Oro Valley. May our Savior wrap you in his arms and bless you with comfort and love. Come visit when it is ok to travel. Bill and Ruthann

Pamela Houston

March 16, 2020, 1:16 pm

Dear Carolyn,
I’m so sorry to hear about your husband. With time, may happy memories bring you comfort. Your family is in my prayers.
Pam Houston

Judy Nazemetz

March 16, 2020, 8:11 pm

So happy I got to meet Steve in Ventura and then see him in East Greenwich. Boy, did he love you. I’m sending you a big, virtual hug and love from LA.

Kathy Creaney

May 21, 2020, 8:11 pm

Been thinking about you If you need any help, let me know. Take care my friend! Take care.

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