Steven Ercolino

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Born on November 17, 1970

Departed on August 24, 2012

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    Steven Mario Ercolino was taken far too soon from this world on Friday, August 24, 2012. He was 41 years old. He was born on November 17, 1970 in Brooklyn, NY, the loving son of Rosalie and Frank Ercolino. He is survived by his two brothers; Paul Ercolino and his wife Elisa, Peter Ercolino and his wife Andrea, and his sister Maria Rashford and her husband Jason. He was adored by his nephews Vincent, Nicholas and Matthew, and his nieces Sofia, Gabriella and Alexandra. He had countless aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who loved him dearly. He is also survived by his long-time girlfriend, Ivette Rivera, who was his soul mate. Steven grew up in Nanuet, NY and graduated from Clarkstown South High School in 1988. As a child, he played baseball with the Nanuet Little League and football with the New City Rams. He went on to play football in high school. He attended Oneonta State College and graduated in 1992 with a degree in Business Administration. He was a successful business man. Steven was the apple of his mother's eye and his father's best friend. His love and devotion for his family was second to none. He lit up the room with his smile, and his personality was larger than life. He had a zest for life, and it came out in everything he did. He had a passion for NY sports; the Jets, Mets, Knicks and Rangers were his favorite teams. Steven, along with his father and brothers were passionate about sports and enjoyed discussing them on a daily basis. He was athletic, active and enjoyed fitness of all kinds. Steven had a special bond with his younger sister Maria, who he looked after and cherished. Steven and his younger brother Peter, born just 11 months apart, were inseparable in childhood and grew up to be even closer as adults. Although they lived miles apart, they were only a daily phone call away. Steven always respected and looked up to his older brother Paul. He admired him as a family man and listened to his words of wisdom. Steven found his true love later in life. Ivette and Steven met many years ago at his first job, and as fate would have it, they reconnected. They had a life together, enjoying traveling and spending time with their families. Steven was devoted to Ivette. Steven will be remembered by all that knew him as a caring son, loving brother, doting uncle, and faithful friend. His presence will live on in all those he touched.

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    Guestbook Entries

    1. Sandy Saitta August 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm - Reply


      A long time ago I when I was a teenager, I can remember being at your grandmother Santa’s house. I had the great fortune to be visiting when your mom, you, and your two brothers were there. In your grandparents’ bedroom were Rosalie’s three little sleeping angels. She brought me inside to let me get a peek of her darlings. When we came to you, Rosalie smiled and whispered to me that you had our grandmother’s blue eyes. That moment has been with me forever. Over the years, when I had the opportunity to see the extended family and you were there, I would recall that moment. I’ll never forget the love Rosalie had for all of you that day. Through the years both of your parents expressed love for you, your brothers, your sister, Maria and the grandchildren. Knowing your mom and dad, I know that you will be with them forever in their hearts. May you enjoy your reunion with your grandparents and smile when you think of us here on earth.

      Sandy Saitta

    2. Sandy Saitta August 26, 2012 at 4:53 pm - Reply

      Rosalie and Frank,

      We are so very sorry for the loss of your son, Steven. May your family, memories, and God’s love comfort you during this extremely difficult time.

      Your Cousins,
      Randy and Sandy Saitta

    3. Gregory Devine August 26, 2012 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      I grew up a handful of miles from Steve (“Erc” was his football name), and since the days of Pop Warner New City Rams Football, knew and was friends with Steve, including through High School. I don’t recall an instance where Steve was negative, judged anyone, or had something negative to say. I pray that family and friends feel God’s support all around them at this difficult time. Talk about and remember the funny things, don’t forget the joy. Peace. Greg Devine

    4. Joseph "Blossom" Laudadio...BX August 27, 2012 at 5:54 am - Reply

      Steve was a friend, brother, and an inspiration to so many young men. Our deepest sympathies for the parents, siblings, family, and friends of Steve. We love you Steve…you will be greatly missed and never forgotten…The Beta Chi Fraternity

    5. Beverly & John Pfohl August 27, 2012 at 6:14 am - Reply

      To our dear friends Rosalie & Frank: Our heartfelt prayers are with you hoping they will soften your grief–May God wrap his arms around you and his family at this time.

      Sincerely, Beverly & John

    6. rae lindsay August 27, 2012 at 7:01 am - Reply

      dear rosalie and frank: there are no words to erase the tragedy or soothe the sadness, but i hope the flood of wonderful memories you and your family have of your time with steven will help ease your pain. my heart is with you, my dear friends. love, rae lindsay

    7. Franco Porporino, Jr. August 27, 2012 at 10:54 am - Reply

      Steve: May god bless you and comfort your family during this time of pain. Every time you came to Angelo’s of Mulberry Street you beamed of life and joy ………..REST IN PEACE PAL. “Franco”.

    8. Nadine Perez August 27, 2012 at 11:05 am - Reply

      In Loving Memory of Steven Ercolino; A poem for you, my friend.

      If we could bring you back again,
      For one more hour or day,
      We’d express all our unspoken love;
      We’d have countless things to say.

      If we could bring you back again,
      We’d say we treasured you,
      And that your presence in our lives
      Meant more than we ever knew.

      If we could bring you back again,
      To tell you what we should,
      You’d know how much we miss you now,
      And if we could, we would.
      By Joanna Fuchs

      Miss you, buddy!! ~Nadine

    9. Nancy Crespo August 27, 2012 at 11:29 am - Reply

      My deepest sympathies to the Ercolino and Rivera Family. You were a wonderful friend and a great human being. You will truly be missed by us all. Rest in Piece Steve.

      Nancy & Sergio

    10. Dr. Katherine Angell August 27, 2012 at 11:51 am - Reply

      My condolences to the Ercolino family. Steve was a student of mine for 4 courses in the fashion program at SUNY-Oneonta. After graduation Steve gave back to the University by sponsoring student interns while ta Jump Apparel. I remember him well as livening up studio courses and always having a smile and a hello for all he passed in the hallways. He will be missed. Dr. Katherine Angell, Chair Human Ecology, SUNY-Oneonta

    11. Pamela Rodriguez August 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      You will be deeply missed

    12. Pamela Rodriguez August 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm - Reply

      My deepest sympathy to the Ercolino Family

    13. LAURA August 27, 2012 at 1:01 pm - Reply


    14. Carol Berger August 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm - Reply

      To the Ercolino Family,
      I taught fifth grade at Chestnut Grove School and I fondly remember the wonderful Ercolino family. Needless to say, I was horrified at the news of Steven’s death. I happened to run into Paul a few months ago in New City. He recognized me and came over, and we spoke for a while about the whole family. Paul caught me up on all the news, and I was so happy to hear about how well everyone was doing.
      Your family has now suffered a devastating loss, and I am devastated thinking about how this could happen to such good people. May you all find comfort in that fact that Steven was such a wonderful man. His time here certainly mattered and made a difference to so many people.
      God bless you all.
      Carol Berger

    15. Rogerio Schroeder August 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      Ercolino family, I am so sorry for the loss of Steve. I here in Brazil followed by tv and internet this tragedy that struck her family. I pay my condolences to his family and say that I’m sorry for the loss of your brother.
      God be with you all!
      Rogério Schroeder

    16. Maria Enns August 27, 2012 at 8:08 pm - Reply

      To the Ercolino Family – I am so sorry for your loss of Steve. I had the pleasure of meeting him when I rented him his apartment at 135 W 16th Street back in 2004. I saw him again in 2008 when he was vacating – he was there several times while I showed the unit to new propspective tenants. He was an all around great guy, very positive and very nice and I just cannot comprehend your sorrow. Again I offer my deepest sympathy and condolences, God bless you and may he hold all of you close in his arms during this terrible and trying time.

      Best regards,

      Maria Enns
      Real Estate Broker

    17. Anna Franco August 27, 2012 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      I have been following this tragic story since Friday morning. My prayers go out to the Ercolino family and Yvette. Wish I could somehow ease the pain a little. God’s healing power is amazing. I know he will guide you through all the painful tomorrows.

    18. Paul Guttuso August 28, 2012 at 8:03 am - Reply

      Our Prayers are with the entire Ercolino Family. We never knew Steven yet as classmate to Peter and Andrea – UB med 97 – I feel connected to his beauty. We love and miss you guys.
      Paul and Trinia Guttuso

    19. Nancy McCarel August 28, 2012 at 8:07 am - Reply

      To Rosalie and Frank, Paul, Peter, Maria and families–I am so deeply sorry that you are going through this devastating loss. I remember Steven as a blue eyed, light haired chubby toddler that was such a joy when I babysat for the family many years ago. I hope the pain that you are now feeling will be softened over time by the many wonderful memories of this special man.
      Our family will surround you all in healing and prayers.
      with love and support,
      cousin Nancy (Termine) McCarel

    20. Nadia Dombrowski August 28, 2012 at 4:36 pm - Reply

      Everyone who has read about this wonderful young man who touched so many lives is heartbroken. My heart goes out to his family who adored him and his girlfriend. May God comfort and strengthen you at this most difficult time.

    21. Hariette August 28, 2012 at 5:56 pm - Reply

      I met Steve only a few times-he was a friend of my step son Joe Rugg, but he made an everlasting impression on me. He came to visit our apt in Manhattan. As he entered the lobby of our turn of the century building, he said he loved it-the marble, high ceilings,fountain and said he would like to live in a building like this one day. I was very touched. It was so unusual for such a young man to express appreciation for something like this. His family and girl friend were blessed with a special person. I hope the memories you have can help bring the sunshine back.

    22. Michelle Dargenio August 28, 2012 at 8:09 pm - Reply

      My heart goes out to the Ercolino family and Ivette. I had worked with Steve for a few years when he and Joe Rugg joined on JS to run the Jr. division. He was like a brother to me and we shared some good times. He and Joe always made me laugh and we would swap stories about growing up in an Italian family.. I am still in shock to what happened to him and although we had not seen each other in years, we reconnected on facebook and glad we did. He will be missed and again, my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. -Michelle Dargenio

    23. Shalene DeMarco August 28, 2012 at 10:40 pm - Reply

      My thoughts & prayers go out to the Ercolino family. I am so sorry for your loss. I was one of Steve’s buyers back in his Jump days with Joe. He was always so much fun to be around; joking, laughing – full of life. He will be greatly missed. I am so sorry for your loss. Shalene DeMarco

    24. angie marvin August 28, 2012 at 11:21 pm - Reply

      I remember the laugh…the smile…the self assurance……above all the honesty. My friend I will miss you. We started out with some dresses…back many years ago..happy memories come to mind. I hope your love ones find peace that you were a great human being. You left us too soon Steve..God is the lucky one now. Angie Marvin

    25. Margie Davis August 29, 2012 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      Dear Maria and family,
      There are no words to ease your sorrow, but may the love and concern of others give you the strength you need from day to day. May your memories make you smile and give you peace.
      Margie Davis

    26. Gail Graf August 29, 2012 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      Dear Rosalie, Frank and Family, We are so sad about the loss of your son Steven. We have prayed for all of you from day one. Be assured that we will continue to lift all of you in prayer daily. Your Neighbors, The Grafs, Paul & Gail

    27. josephine August 29, 2012 at 10:46 pm - Reply

      My heart and prayers goes out to the ercolino family, Ivettes and her family.

    28. Tracy gibas September 1, 2012 at 11:45 pm - Reply

      Sending much love, peace and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. May God give you and your family the strength you need to heal your broken hearts. Tracy Gibas

    29. Paul Casey September 2, 2012 at 10:22 pm - Reply

      I miss Steve so much and can’t stop thinking about him. Yesterday, Kelly and I took the kids to Pt Pleasant Beach. My kids asked to play a few games on the boardwalk. We walked up to Frog Bog. A memory came rushing back of the time when Steve mastered the game when we spent a week in Ocean City during one of our college summers! I think I remember the guy banned Steve from playing. Only Steve saw such humor in using a mallet to fling rubber frogs through the air into plastic water lilies.

      He was the one friend that got me through the rough time when my fiance and I broke up right after college. My first true love. No other friend was there for me like Steve was! He told me that he would get me through this! He took me out. We sat in your downstairs watching movies, and he gave me a list of instructions of the do’s and dont’s such as not listening to the radio. He said every song is about a break up, and must be avoided. We were in his car, and the song, “She’s Gone” by Hall and Oates came on. We both starting cracking up! He was so right!

      I remember when he called me at work and told me that he just bought us tickets to Game 6 of the 1996 World Series where the Yankees beat the Braves. He also got us a stretch limo and paid for dinner in mid-town! I remember that like it was yesterday.

      Or the time when he made fun of my suit I was wearing when I just started working for Lehman Brothers and then proceeded to take me to Moshes and bought me a brand new one, with a shirt, two ties, a belt and shoes!! And he expected NOTHING in return. He just wanted me to look good!

      I could go on. So many amazing memories of an amazing friend. Or I should say brother. And your family is MY family. And you guys know that! The bond that exists is so strong.

      It will take a long time for us to get over this loss. And I will continue to pray for your comfort and peace. Grieve we will. Forget, we will never!!

      Psalms 34:18
      The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
      he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

      I love you guys!

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