2013-02-08 / People


Steven M. Onos

Steven M. Onos, 47, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013.

He was born June 14, 1965, in Lynn, Mass., the son of Gerard and Diane Onos. He was a graduate of South Portland High School and the University of Southern Maine.

Over the years, Steve worked in management positions at GMAC, Key Bank, TD Bank, JP Morgan Chase and Northeast Credit Union. He was most recently vice president of lending at Town & Country Federal Credit Union; he was very happy with his work and his co-workers, and was thrilled to be back working so close to home so he could have more time to spend with his family.

Steve met the love of his life, Connie DiPierro, when he was in high school. Steve and Connie dated throughout high school and college, and married in 1989 at Spurwink Church in Cape Elizabeth. Together, they have raised three wonderful children: Izaak, Abigail and Sydney.

Steve found great joy in attending concerts, swim meets, track meets and any other activities that his family took part in – he was so proud of them. He also took an active role in helping shape the path of the school system when he spent six years on the South Portland School Board, including a term as chairman of the school board.

He would be the first one to drop everything to help out a friend or family member who needed a hand. Steve was also a tinkerer and craftsman, like his grandfather. He could do just about any kind of trade work – electrical, plumbing, carpentry. Over the years, he took pride in building things, including a boat, stand-up paddleboards and, most recently, he had designed and was building his garage and workshop.

Those who knew Steve will remember him as a great guy or, as his mother used to say, “such a joy” to spend time with. He was known as the “go to guy” for advice on just about anything.

Steve is survived by his wife of 23 years, Connie DiPierro Onos of South Portland; his children: Izaak, Abigail and Sydney; his father, Gerard Onos; his brother Michael and his fiancé LuAnn of Bridgewater, Mass.; his brother David of South Portland; his sister Kathy and her husband Ed DiPhilippo of South Portland; his mother-in-law Thelma DiPierro of South Portland; his brothers- and sisters-inlaw Mark DiPierro of Westport Island, John and Patricia DiPierro of East Granby, Conn., Coralie and Gregory Curran of South Portland, Charles and Colleen DiPierro of South Portland, Philip DiPierro of Scarborough, David and Jillian DiPierro of San Diego, Calif.; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his mother, Diane Onos.

Steve will be greatly missed by all.

Visiting hours were 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to South Portland High School, Attn: Steve Onos Scholarship Fund, 637 Highland Ave., South Portland, ME 04106.

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