Stephen Fredrick Powers

stephen powers

October 17, 1948 ~ March 18, 2012

Resided in: Hermosa Beach, CA

Longtime Hermosa Beach resident and recent City Council candidate Steve Powers died on Sunday after a long battle with lung disease. Steve was born in 1948 in Omaha, Nebraska, the second of nine children. He retired in 2009 after an illustrious career in the department store industry. Steve was a classic American self-made man, starting work at age 14 as a stock boy at the J.L. Brandeis department store in Omaha. Without a college education and after 40 years of hard work, he rose to Executive Vice President of the May Company and then became President and CEO of Koret Sportswear. Steve is survived by his wife, Amy and their cat Murphy; his son Shane and grandson Boston; and daughter, Heather and her husband Tim Safieh, along with seven sisters and brothers and 45 nieces and nephews. A memorial service for Steve will be held on Tuesday, March 27 at 6:30 pm, at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd. A reception follows in Rice's Lighthouse Reception Room until 9:30 pm.

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  1. I am stunned to learn of Steve’s passing. I know there is so much more he would have wanted to accomplish and just want you to know how honored I was to be able to work with Steve at Foleys.

  2. I offer my sincerest condolences to Steve’s family on his recent death. I worked happily with him in Washington DC and can honestly say things were never dull.

  3. Amy- Am sad to hear that we have lost Steve. As usual he was a real slugger right up to his last days from what I hear…typical! He was a great friend to me and I will miss him. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. hugs/tc

  4. To the family of Steve Powers: I am writing to express my sincerest condolences on Steve’s passing.He was a remarkable person,a gifted merchant, a talented retail executive and a true leader. He contributed mightily to May’s success and will be deeply missed by all of us. May his soul rest in peace and may God bless his family. Sincerely yours, Dave Farrell

  5. Hi Amy and Family, I am so saddened by Steve’s passing, I have so many wonderful memories over the years. He was one of the greatest people I ever new–always caring more about everyone besides himself–I know he will be rewarded even though he is not with us any longer. May God bless him and his family. Sincerely, Carolyn Morris

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