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Stephen Paul Hassell

November 14, 1949 - January 12, 2023


Obituary For Stephen Paul Hassell

Hassell, Stephen Paul, age 73, a resident of Arlington and previously of Boston and Weston, Massachusetts, died peacefully on January 12, 2023. Born in Hyde Park, MA, to Emily and the late Donald Hassell, Stephen graduated from Archbishop Williams High School in 1967 and remained active at the school, serving on the Board of Trustees for nine years.

He received a B.S. in civil engineering from Northeastern University and an MBA from Babson College and was a frequent guest lecturer at both institutions. For nearly 50 years he worked in the real estate, construction and architecture industry as a civil engineer, marketing and management executive, and industry consultant to companies from Wang to New Balance.

Stephen was active in a number of industry and charitable organizations: Society of College and University Planners, New England Health Care Engineers, CORNET, NAIOP, Board of Overseers for Franciscan Children’s Hospital, Executive Board for The Fenway Alliance FACES Committee, Executive Committee for The Babson Real Estate Alumni Network, and YMCA of Greater Boston Advisory Board.

Stephen enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing golf, reading about history, and following sports, especially his beloved Boston Red Sox. He is survived by his partner Diane DeCoste and their grandchildren, daughters Jacqueline, Alexandra and her husband Chris, son Joseph and his wife Neena and their children, brothers Alan and his wife Sue, Daniel and his wife Kathy, sisters Mary and her husband John, Virginia and her partner Diane, along with his nieces and nephews and extended family.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit in the DeVito Funeral Home 1145 Mass. Ave., ARLINGTON on Thursday from 4-7 pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday at 10 am in Saint Julia Church, Weston. Please meet at church, funeral home staff will be available to assist with parking. Burial to follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Stephen to the YMCA of Greater Boston at Please visit to view an online guestbook.


19 Jan


04:00 PM - 07:00 PM

DeVito Funeral Home - Arlington 1145 Mass. Ave. Arlington, MA 02476 Get Directions »
20 Jan

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM

Saint Julia Church 374 Boston Post Road Weston, MA 02493 Get Directions »
20 Jan


11:30 AM

Mount Auburn Cemetery 580 Mount Auburn St. Cambridge, MA 02138 Get Directions »
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  • 01/20/2023

    Steve was a wonderful human being. He saw the best in others, treated everyone as they themselves would wish to be treated, and was always friendly and positive whenever you would see him. He was also very intelligent with a great sense of humor... and I don't think he ever had a single mean bone in his body. He will definitely be missed by all who knew him. My sincere and heartfelt condolences to Steve's entire extended family. -Mike Doherty

  • 01/20/2023

    In the short time we worked together at SGA, one could easily tell that Steve led a fulfilled and happy life. He truly loved what he did everyday. He enjoyed talking with people, sharing his love of sports and Boston's business activities. He was always so upbeat and enthusiastic and happy to stop us in the hallways to talk about our projects and work. His smile will be missed by many. May he rest in peace. Alina Duckham-SGA

  • 01/20/2023

    Kind, generous, highly-gifted, inspirational... Steve touched the lives of many & his spirit will live on... Heartfelt condolences to Diane & to all the family... Susan Sirois Mastantuoni AWHS '67

  • 01/18/2023

    Steve was always a bright light in the office, often times sharing stories from his travels of visiting his Daughter in NYC, childhood memories or industry events. It was a great pleasure working with him, and I was so happy to hear when he finally got his photo up on the wall at his favorite lunch spot in Boston. He will be missed by so many, as the industry has lost a one of a kind, genuine gentleman. My heartfelt condolences to the Hassell family.

  • 01/18/2023

    A good man we all could turn to, he is missed already. Ted Gentry

  • 01/18/2023

    I am so sorry to hear this news. Stephen was extraordinarily kind to me when I entered the business development realm and a wise and patient mentor. My heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to his family and friends at this time.

  • 01/17/2023

    Our CRE/AEC community is close knit in Boston. We are friends, some say extended family, as well as colleagues. We have a hole in our collective hearts today as we learn of Steve's passing. He was a friend to many, myself included. He will be missed. Condolences to the Hassell family at this sad time.

  • 01/17/2023

    Steve's friendship and professional collegiality was quiet and constant. He knew when to give and how and gave readily to so very many of us. A truly elegant man, you always knew he was in the room yet his touch was personal. I will miss him deeply. - Janet Oberto

  • 01/17/2023

    Steve was a wonderful colleague and friend. I will miss our chats about our golf game and our season of business development golf with in game lessons. Until we meet again Steve.

  • 01/17/2023

    Steve was a great friend. A kind, thoughtful, generous person with a great sense of humor and a consistent positive attitude. We attended many sporting and business events together. He often talked about his family at these events and was very proud of them. We shared a love of all sports, especially baseball and the Red Sox. I will miss the texts during the games. It was like we were watching them together. At a business event, Steve introduced me to a woman and she said "Steve is known for being known". What a complement to a marketing/business development professional. Steve was great at everything he did and I will miss him. My condolences to Steve's family. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sal Capobianco

  • 01/16/2023

    To the family: From the first day I met Steve when he started working at SGA, he was such a kind sweet spirited man and I enjoyed our many conversations and working with him.I do know he loved the Lord and would often speak of Christ being an important factor in his life.Thank you all for sharing him with us for a short while.To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord.. Cheryl McDaniels SGA

  • 01/16/2023

    Steve was simply the best. A true gentleman, trust colleague, so so good at his profession. He was a mentor to me, and a warm, caring person. Diane, Michael and I are here for you. We will be at the services. Steve is so missed. Deepest condolences, Kelly

  • 01/16/2023

    Steve was an amazing colleague and friend with a passion for life, family and sports. He enjoyed the constant pursuit of business development opportunities and served SGA with distinction and professionalism. I will miss his late night texts during the Patriots and Ohio State games. He was always so loyal to his beloved Boston sports teams unlike me, who easily jumped off the band wagon. He will be missed by so many people in the AEC industry. Heaven has gained a champion and a man devoted to his faith. May God bless you my friend.

  • 01/16/2023

    To Steve's Loved Ones, Steve was a treasured industry colleague and friend to many. His positive attitude was contagious. His family, especially his children and their many successes was something he was incredibly proud of. Steve will be missed by many.

  • 01/16/2023

    To Steve and family. I know I speak for very Joseph, especially Dick, that Steve was a life long fixture in our family and we are saddened beyond belief that he has passed. Steve was present at every major event, both family and Archie's related. He will be sorely missed. Such a great guy, period! Larry Joseph

  • 01/15/2023

    My heart is broken with the loss of Steve. He was a good friend and not only to me but many in our class of 1967. He will be tremendously missed. I have received many emails and phone calls from classmates who speak of what a great guy, always a smile, friends with everyone and always there to assist in any way. They have also offered their sympathy and prayers for Diane, his children, Mother, brothers and sisters. Rest in Peace Steve. Your life here was too short.

  • 01/15/2023

    In 2017 Steve and Diane visited us at our rental on the beach in Englewood , Florida. There was a hot tub overlooking the beach, and we had a fine time watching the sunset together and enjoying adult beverages. Later, Diane's phone was missing. Then she remembered giving to Steve. Unfortunately, it was it the pocket of Steve's swimsuit. It was still a great time. Ted and I will miss him, but we are so thankful for the good times we did have together. Our deepest condolences to Diane and to Steve"s family. Terri Bilodeau and Ted Schmuhl

  • 01/14/2023

    To Aunt Emily, Ginny, Mary, Danny and Alan, I have the fondest memories of Stephen. We kept in touch over the years going to dinners, meeting at different fund raisers, golf, or bumping into each other out and about! We called and texted each other for holidays and had many many great conversations. I am Deeply saddened to loose my dear cousin. I will always love you and keep you close to my heart. He will be an Angel to many of us. Heavy hearted and Deepest Sympathies, Linda Ledbetter Rittenberg and Stephen Rittenberg

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