Stephen C. Marcham
February 20, 1949 - March 19, 2009
"Steve Marcham was an exceptional person whose demeanor allowed him to be an effective, strong force for Vernon as well as his profession. Having served as Vernon Councilor and Democratic Majority Leader during his leadership as Vernon's Mayor, it was my good fortunate to be part of an administration that cared deeply for doing what was in the best interests of our town and our people. Steve's passion for our town is reflected throughout his 28 years of public service as a member of the Board of Education, Councilor, Mayor Pro Tempore, Vernon Mayor, President and member of the Rockville Downtown Association. Steve's passion for the revitalization of downtown Rockville is evident in the countless contributions he has made to make our town a better place many generations to enjoy. I will always remember his enthusiastic, can-do leadership approach and his wonderful sense of humor.
is a great loss for our town and his presence will be sorely
Representative (56th District)
ďYou have read the memorials concerning Steve Marchamís public service and dedication to Vernonís citizens. He was a citizen of utmost standing and quality.
Vernonites should know some other things about Steve. He was full of vitality as the Mayor. Appearing at store openings and meetings as many Mayorís do, but when he did he brought true enthusiasm for the venture. He did not just ďcut (the ribbon) and run. He was happy to have a new business in town. He engaged the new owners, desirous of their success in our community.
When dealing with the Townís employees he was even handed and showed respect for their job and position. The lowest employee treated as fairly as the highest.
When he led a Town Council meeting, he exuded a confidence that good decisions are going to be made, no matter which side of the table you sat on.
He stayed level headed, not engaging in the raucous argument that sometimes occurred. He would disagree with his own party members when he knew the matter would not benefit Vernon and its citizens.
When asked he provided excellent counsel. When he thought, we were moving in the wrong direction he would attempt to steer us on the correct path and do it in his own non-confrontational style.
This kind of leadership is special and when you saw him in action, you knew it. Moreover, try as you might you cannot duplicate it by watching him. It is inborn and innate. Something in his makeup made him the special person he was. Vernon Residents will miss him greatly. There is no one like him now and there might not be for a long time to come. We miss you Steve. May you rest in peace and may God bless your soul."
Steve was a respected and informed citizen of our Town He believed that each of us has a responsibility to give back something to the Town in which we live. For years he did just that in many capacities. As one lines up the pillars of those who helped Vernon-Rockville grow Steve Marcham 's name stands out bright and clear.
Steve will be particularly missed by some very special friends: Gary, a best friend from early childhood; Al, who shared his love of sailing; Harvey, with whom he played golf; and Harry, who taught Steve how to be a kid again. He was a graduate of Rockville High School and obtained his pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. He began working at Vincent's Pharmacy at the age of 16. Following graduation from pharmacy school, he became co-owner of the pharmacy where he continued to work for over 30 years. While still in college, he was elected to the Vernon Board of Education making him the youngest elected official in the town. He then went on to serve on the Vernon Town Council for three terms where he was elected Mayor Protempore each term. He was appointed Mayor in 1987 for a partial term before being elected to that position later that year. He served on the Charter Revision Committee and was re-elected to the Board of Education twice before his re-election as Mayor in 1999.
At a recent Town Council meeting to honor his service to the Town of Vernon, Mayor McCoy designated February 18, 2009, as "Steve Marcham Day." Steve received many awards during his career in pharmacy. On the national level he received the A.H. Robbins Bowl of Hygeia Award, which is given for outstanding community service in pharmacy. He was also honored by the National Association of Retail Druggists with the Pharmacy Leadership Award. In 2006, he was given the Daniel C. Leone Pharmacist of the Year Award from the Connecticut Pharmacists Association. He also served as president of the Connecticut Pharmacists Association. Steve was very instrumental in the formation of the Rockville Downtown Association, serving as its president for three years. He was a Corporator for ECHN, a Corporator for Rockville Bank, and on the board at Woodlake at Tolland. His passions were his family, precious time spent on Cape Cod, golfing, sailing, and working tirelessly to make the Town of Vernon a better place for its citizens.
Steve's family would like to thank Susan from the Visiting Nurses for her exceptional care during his illness. Her compassion and caring gave the entire family comfort during an extremely difficult time.
His family will receive friends for calling hours on Sunday, March 22, from 1-5 p.m. at the Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home, 551 Talcottville Road (Route 83), Vernon. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Monday, March 23, at 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Vernon, 695 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon. Burial will be private and at the convenience of his family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Visiting Nurse and Health Services of Connecticut, Inc., Hospice, 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, CT 06066 or Hockanum Valley Community Council, 155 West Main Street, Vernon, CT 06066.
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A mayor for all seasons
Journal Inquirer Editorial
Steve Marcham, who died last week, too young at 60, was one of the quiet leaders of our state and perhaps Vernonís greatest leader ó he served his community, he took care of his family, he ran a solid business that was based on helping people.
He did it all without fanfare.
He was twice Vernonís mayor, and served with distinction.
Marcham found a way to avoid acrimony and partisanship. He was not a partisan, but a pragmatist
And he didnít hold grudges.
Local politics can be vicious.
Marcham made it noble, as it should be.
That was his nature.
But also his game plan. He didnít want higher office. Or even the credit. He only wanted progress for the town.
Politics was not about ego for him.
It was about service.
Roughly 10 years ago there was a Christmas carol sing in front of Town Hall. The night was cold. About six people showed up. One was the mayor ó Steve Marcham. He didnít make a speech or shake hands. He shivered, sang, and drove home. Someone said, ďItís nice to have a mayor like that.Ē
He retired from the mayorís office because of time constraints. But he continued to serve. He got involved in the Rockville Downtown Association, and worked on reviving the small businesses and storefront facades in Rockville. He organized the Rockville ďa cappella slams,Ē which were a great success. He was a driving force, or a key ally, in almost every downtown festival or special event of the past 25 years.
The rebuilding of Vernon Town Hall ó a beautiful piece of architecture inside, which has now been restored and is still unknown to many ó will be his memorial.
As owner and pharmacist at Vincentís Pharmacy, it was in his enlightened self-interest to boost Rockville. But Steve Marcham took enlightenment to mean service ó in all senses of the word. As a pharmacist he tried to give good customer service, of course, but also to be a friend and adviser.
Vernon was lucky to have him ó as neighbor, merchant, and mayor.
The recent death of the beautiful actress Natasha Richardson has captured the nationís attention. A bump on the head and itís over at 45. Is life really so short and fragile? Yes, it is. Itís important to do something with it ó ďLight a candle in the darkness, so others might see ahead. Light a candle in the darkness when you go.Ē Steve Marcham lit several.