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Stephen Cuyjet

Stephen L. Cuyjet

Saturday, October 21st, 1944 - Sunday, July 5th, 2020
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Stephen passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 5, 2020 at the Samaritan Hospice of Voorhees, New Jersey.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 21, 1944, Stephen was the son of Stephen Lane Cuyjet, Sr. and Marian Durham Cuyjet. Growing up, Stephen assisted his mother at her Judimar Dance Studio where he taught Tap Dance classes. Stephen was also an Alter boy at the St. Gregory’s Catholic Church in Philadelphia. He participated in the Philadelphia Chapter of the Jack and Jill organization. He graduated from Bartram High School in Philadelphia and later earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore (formerly Maryland State College). While in college, Stephen pledged Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. After college, he joined the Air Force and earned the rank of Captain.
Stephen lived in Hawaii where he was the director of the Kapiolani Park and Bandstand. While doing this he created a program at the Honolulu Zoo during the summer to showcase local music talent called The Wildest Show in Town, which is still going on today. In his spare time, his love for music and dance inspired him to set up a side business as a mobile DJ and sound engineer, which he called Band Aid. He performed as a DJ at weddings and parties, and also set up and engineered sound equipment for band concerts.
After spending time in Hawaii, Stephen moved to San Diego where he worked for the Unemployment Agency and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. In 1999, Stephen moved to New Jersey where he took a job at the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC). After retiring from the EEOC, he became a Docent at the Philadelphia Zoo and also became actively involved with the Delaware Lenni Lenape Native American tribe of which he was a member. He continued to pursue his love for photography, golf and tennis.
Stephen is survived by his wife, Carol C. Cuyjet, sister Judith Cuyjet, brother Mark Cuyjet, son Scott and daughter-in-law Dena, son Kelly, step-daughters Karen and Gia, step-son-in-law David, granddaughters Summer, Meia and Isabella, grandsons Julian and Laith, step-grandsons Myles, Kyle and Luke, nephew Erik, nieces Reyna and Kaersten and many other family and friends.
Stephen will be dearly missed. His love for life was infectious.
On July 27, 2020, Stephen’s family gathered at his final resting place in the St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church Memorial Garden.

"It is healthy and honorable to weep at the loss of someone we love...people whose footprints cannot ever be matched."
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Love, Lynda & Michael

Posted at 10:58am
We are thinking of you with much love. Your heart will be filled with memories of his compassion always.
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Shirley Franklin

Posted at 08:36pm
I remember Stephen fondly as we spent many hours at Judimar together with our friends and fellow dance students. He was kind and thoughtful as a child and fun to be around as a teenager. May he Rest In Peace and his family celebrate his life and many accomplishments.
I have learned love is forever. His love endures.
“For everything there is a season.”
Sincerely, Shirley Franklin
 
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Cynthia Cuyjet Posted at 03:51pm

There are so many memories of Steve interwoven throughout my childhood and young adulthood as we cousins grew up together in Philly. Steve at Judimar, at home with Aunt Marion and at Camp Winnetka (where we danced together and he tackled me in a football game). Stories that only he could tell in his way and much laughter...... The heavens are a bit brighter with his passing. He will be missed! Cynthia K Cuyjet aka Bebe
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