Stephan P. Centofante 1952-2018
YOUNGSTOWN — Stephan Paul Centofante, 66, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, with his life partner, Hector M. Garcia, by his side.
Stephan was born Jan. 17, 1952, in Youngstown, to Paul and Stephanie Dunchak Centofante.
His first home was in Lowellville and he later moved with his family to Struthers. As a child he spent many hours exploring Yellow Creek Park, beginning his lifelong love of nature and the outdoors. In 1964, he moved with his parents and sisters to Poland and graduated in 1970 from Poland Seminary High School.
Following high school, Stephan headed west to California. He lived for several years in the San Francisco Bay area, working on the famous Fisherman’s Wharf, operating his own wine shop called The Cellar.
Stephan returned home to Ohio in the 1980s and attended Raphael’s School of Beauty. He began his career as a hairstylist in Trumbull County, that included Hair Graphics, Images Plus and Head to Toe in Liberty; and eventually operating his own business, the Ramada Hair and Nail Salon in Liberty. He moved his clientele in the 1990s to Bumperz Hair Company, where he worked until his cancer diagnosis in 2017.
Stephan was a gifted stylist who had a knack for making his clients feel beautiful, but his true calling was as an exceptionally talented artist. He was able to capture and create remarkable images using nearly every medium. Honing his skills early on, he created set designs for the Youngstown Playhouse and mastered techniques in pencil, ink, oil, watercolor and airbrush designs. He attended several art festivals showing his work, which included breathtaking images of horses, original fantasy characters and driftwood sculptures constructed from wood handpicked from the shores of Lake Erie.
Stephan leaves behind to lovingly remember him always, his mother, Stephanie Centofante of Poland; sisters, Cynthia (Jeff) White of New Bern, N.C., Paula (Jim) Kane and Mary (Bob) Ramsbottom of Poland and Carla (Michael) Davanzo of Lowellville; as well as several nieces and nephews. He will also be sadly missed and fondly remembered by the Garcia family. Above all, he will be most especially missed by his partner of 40 years, Hector M. Garcia, who lovingly and selflessly cared for him to the end. LUV.
He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Centofante; a brother, Mark Centofante; sisters, Erica Centofante Smith and Rosa Garcia; a nephew, Travis Garcia; and great-nephew, Travis Waguespack.
Tremendous thanks and gratitude go out to all those who kept Stephan close in prayer during his illness. He appreciated beyond measure the generous outpouring of love and support during this time.
All who wish to honor his memory are welcome to attend an open house celebration of Stephan’s life and art 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at Bumperz Hair Company, 5431 South Ave., Youngstown, Ohio 44512.
Per Stephan’s request, please do not send floral arrangements or plants.