STAMFORD, Conn. – Stephen Jay Sanvicente, known as Steve and SJ, died unexpectedly Sunday, Jan. 3 in Stamford. He was 44.
Born and raised in Stamford, he graduated from Stamford Catholic High School and continued on to the University of Connecticut in Storrs, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in May 1999.
He was a vice president and partner at Integrated Investment at Universal McCann in New York City, where he worked for 15 years. He worked primarily on the Army account, and was recently awarded an Army Gold Coin for exemplary performance.
He was an avid sports fan and loved nothing more than bringing close friends and families to sporting events of all types. He was a doting uncle, who often spent time with his nephew and niece, Kevin and Courtney.
Throughout high school, he practiced taekwondo and earned a brown belt. He competed in the Connecticut State Championships and won a bronze medal, which allowed him to advance to the 1988 Junior Olympics in Florida, representing Connecticut.
In college, he was a founding father for Tae Kappa Epsilon for the UConn Chapter and continued to participate in annual events well after graduation. He loved being a Husky, and enjoyed showing his support by attending as many basketball games as possible.
In addition to his niece and nephew, he is survived by his mother, Simplicia (Dimple) Sanvicente; his sister and brother-in-law, Melissa and Shawn Sasser; and his grandmother, Rosita Domdom.
He is predeceased by his father, Leo Sanvicente; and grandfather, Larry Rosete.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Bosak Funeral Home, 453 Shippan Ave., Stamford. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Cecilia's Church, 1186 Newfield Ave., Stamford. Interment will follow at Queen of Peace Cemetery in Stamford.
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