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Steven Jay Gutkin

November 20, 1953 — November 29, 2023

Steven Jay Gutkin, known affectionately as Steve to his friends and family, passed away peacefully on November 29, 2023, in Greenville, SC, at the age of 70. Born on November 20, 1953, in Ellenville, NY, Steve was a man of wisdom and intelligence whose loving nature touched the lives of all who knew him.

Steve's early life in Ellenville laid the foundation for a lifetime of learning and passion for education. He carried this love for knowledge throughout his life, shaping his career first as a high school teacher, where he inspired countless students, and later as a chiropractor, where he dedicated himself to the well-being of others. His commitment to his community was further exemplified in his role as a high school basketball coach, where he not only taught the game but also life lessons to his players.

Family was the cornerstone of Steve's life. He is survived by his son, Jack Gutkin, who will remember him as a guiding light and a source of unwavering support. Steve's brother, Robert Gutkin, and sisters, Julie Champoux and Karen Gutkin, will cherish the memories of their brother's profound wisdom and the bonds they shared. His stepdaughter, Nicole Jones, will hold dear the love and kindness that Steve extended to her. He was a beloved uncle to Nadine Fodowski, Leslie Gutkin, Rachel Champoux, and David Champoux, each of whom will carry forward his legacy of love and intelligence.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Erwin and Muriel Gutkin, and his cherished wife, Stephanie Powell Gutkin, whose memory remained a guiding star in his life.

An avid fan of the New York Giants, Steve's enthusiasm for football was matched only by his love for golf, geology, science, and basketball. His interests were as diverse as they were deep, reflecting his insatiable curiosity about the world around him. Steve's spirituality and appreciation for the outdoors were sources of solace and joy, and he often found peace in the simple beauty of nature.

Those who knew Steve will remember him as a man who lived his life with purpose and joy. His intelligence was a beacon for others, his wisdom a treasure to be sought, and his loving nature a comfort to all. Steve's legacy is one of kindness, mentorship, and an unwavering commitment to his family and the many lives he touched.

As we bid farewell to Steven Jay Gutkin, we celebrate a life well-lived, a journey marked by compassion, learning, and love. His memory will continue to inspire and guide us, just as the stars guide travelers in the night. Steve's presence will be deeply missed, but his spirit will live on in the hearts of those who loved him.

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