Steven Francis Oates
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Steven Francis Oates
  • October 20, 1950 - December 30, 2017
  • Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire

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Steven F. Oates, 67, of Fitzwilliam, passed away in the comfort of his home on December 30, 2017 following a period of declining health.

He was born in Winchendon, MA on October 20, 1950, the son of Bertha M. (Beaudion) Holman and Francis J. Oates. He attended area schools and graduated from Monadnock Regional High School, class of 1968.

After high school, Steve joined the Navy. Upon discharge, he jumped into a career of truck driving for DD Bean. He enjoyed all the places he go to experience while on the road. Steve also held positions with CR Bard and worked at Gatorland during his residency in Florida. Until his retirement, he was employed by AGW Construction as a carpenter.

Steve was lovingly called "Cowboy" as he was known for wearing a cowboy hat and boots. He will fondly be remembered as a good and selfless person always willing to give you the shirt of his back. He had a passion for county music and was gifted vocally and with playing the guitar.

Steve will be dearly missed by his mother: Bertha Holman of Fitzwilliam; daughters: Julianna Jackson and her husband Keith of Swanzey and Nichole Oates and her significant other Chris of Pittsfield; son: Nathan Oates and his significant other Mercedes of Peterborough; eight grandchildren; Hunter Phillips, Hayden LaBrake, Keaghan LaBrake, Sophia LaBrake, Atreyu Chaput, Ashton Borkman, Logun Caron and Haley Oates,; sisters: Rhonda Goodnow and her husband Richard of Fitzwilliam, Laurie Bosviert and her husband Mario of Winchendon, MA, and Cindy Devarney of Sylmar, CA; brothers: Ronald Giard and his wife Cathi of Keene and Marshall Giard of Lake Lure, FL; nieces: Melissa Bassingthwaite and her husband Brian of Gilsum and Vanessa Carrier and her husband Aron of Keene, Angela Hickey and husband Ronald from NJ; nephews: Todd Goodnow and his with Amy of Milford, Evan Bosviert of Winchendon, MA, Adam Devarney of Sylmar, CA, and Jake Devarney and wife Alicia of Sylmar, CA, and Jeremy Giard and wife Anna of SC.

Steve was predeceased by his son, Jason Oates, and father, Francis Oates.

A graveside service for family and friends will be held in the spring.

For those who wish to make a memorial contribution in Steven F. Oates's name, you may do so to Fitzwilliam Fire and Ambulance, PO Box 725, Fitzwilliam, NH 03447.