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Frederick A. Stephens, Youngstown businessman

July 26, 1927 – Aug. 28, 2013

Frederick A. Stephens, a noted businessman and politician from the Village of Youngstown, died Wednesday under the care of Niagara Hospice after a long illness. He was 86.

Born in Niagara Falls, Mr. Stephens served in the Army at the end of World War II after graduating from Amherst High School in 1945. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in metallurgy from Penn State University.

Twenty-two years later, in Youngstown, Mr. Stephens founded Ferro-Frontiers Inc., a company that specialized in brokering raw materials to steel plants around the country.

He ran his business until his retirement in 2000.

A lifelong Republican who was active in local politics, Mr. Stephens served as Republican treasurer for the Town of Porter for about eight years. In addition, from 1998 to 2006, he was both a board member and deputy trustee for the Village of Youngstown.

Mr. Stephens was a man of many passions, including motorcycles, which he could be seen riding from spring to fall for more than 70 years of his life, gardening and skiing in the winter months.

A member and, in 1996, commodore of the Youngstown Yacht Club starting in 1963, he visited ports near and far on Lake Ontario in his boat Cheers.

At St. John’s Episcopal Church in Youngstown, where he was an active member, he served as warden, took part in church building projects and helped organize the annual Strawberry Festival.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, the former Marie Cormier; three daughters, Linda Pardee, Barbara Meteer, and Susan; three sons, David, Gordon and Paul; a brother, Laurence; and a sister, Marjorie Yasovsky.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday in St. John’s Episcopal Church, Main and Chestnut Streets, Youngstown.

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