Obituary of Stephen Modica
Stephen William Modica (Big Steve),64, of Brandon, passed away on October 12, 2022.
Steve was born on January 19, 1958, to Mary (Ahrens) and Steven Modica in Levittown, New York.
After Steve graduated from Island Trees High School and Boces Automotive Technical Training in 1976, he moved with his family to Apollo Beach.
He then ran Modica’s Photo Shop in Ruskin for 23 years. Then, after a five-year detour with Bank of America, he turned his full attention to real estate, where he has been a property manager and realtor since 2009 and was presently with Berkshire Hathaway.
In 2000, he married the love of his life, Tracey, and became a stepdad to Kevin.
Ten years ago, Steve became a Mini Cooper car enthusiast after purchasing “Phoenix” and started East of the Bay Mini Cooper Club, a local Mini Cooper car club for area MINIacs, where he was president.
Steve never met a stranger (or a dog he didn’t befriend instantly), and if he knew you, he has teased you—and/or asked you to go on a cruise with him. He was a worldwide traveler, serial cruiser, and eternal jokester.
He relished being Grandpa to Asher and Jaxon and goofy Uncle to numerous friends and relatives’ kids as well as his niece and nephew.
Steve was predeceased by his parents, Steve and Mary, and his son Paul.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Tracey; stepson, Kevin Alagha (Stephanie) of Wesley Chapel; sister Jennifer Nelson (Russ Kaye) of Jacksonville, and nephew Andrew Nelson (Michelle) of Winter Garden, and niece Ashley Nelson (Ryan Gilleese) of Portland, Oregon, as well as two great nephews and numerous cousins.
A celebration of Steve’s life was held on Saturday, 10/22/22 at:
Sun City Center Funeral Home
1851 Rickenbacker Drive
Sun City, FL 33573.
A viewing began at 11:00 am followed immediately by a service at 12:00 noon.
In lieu of flowers, please use the link to donate to Steve's Church below. Steve has been a member and has received spiritual guidance for about 30 years
Calvary Lutheran Church
1250 East College Ave
Ruskin, FL 33570.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Stephen Modica, please visit Tribute Store