Lawrence Herbert Stepney, Jr was born September 21, 1963 in Los Angeles, California and passed away peacefully on Tuesday February 11, 2014 at his home in Beverly Hills, Michigan. He was born to the union of Lawrence Sr and Sylvia (Railey) Stepney. Lawrence was the second of their three sons. Lawrence was baptized while attending Bethlehem Temple, Inkster, Michigan under the leadership of Pastor P. McCrea.
He attended elementary school in the Highland Park school system and graduated from Robichaud High in 1981. In 2010 Lawrence went on to complete his Associates Degree in Business from Henry Ford Community College with a concentration in customer service. He had a special fondness for languages, and often could be found taking courses like Arabic, just for fun.
Lawrence worked for Lear Corporation for 15 years, where he made many lifelong friends.
Lawrence was blessed with a majestic voice and he sang with Rackham Symphony Choir from 2009-2012 and was honored to serve on its Board of Directors. The choir gave him the opportunity to perform in such venues as the Detroit Opera House and the Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Lawrence was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis in 2011. When his lung disease progressed to the point where he could no longer stand the rigors of choir practice, he still performed Our National Anthem for the Champions for Charity. He was especially fond of being the Anthem singer at the annual Big Heart, Big House charity run at U of M Stadium. Lawrence was invited to sing at the June 6th, 2013, Detroit Tigers game; he knocked it out of the park when he performed Our National Anthem.
He met his dear friend Fred Guttman in 2008; together they enjoyed traveling, entertaining, movies, dinner with friends, and the arts. Lawrence was a talented artist himself. He had a charming smile, welcoming laugh, and was a sharp dresser with a flair for design.
Lawrence leaves to cherish his memory, his mother, Sylvia, father Lawrence (Ruth Stepney), three brothers Ivan (Lashone Stepney), D'Andre' of Denver, CO, Brent Foster (Melissa), two sisters, Stephanie Stepney and Yolanda Evans, two nieces Elyse Stepney and Katrina Brownlee, his beloved partner, Fred Guttman, and a host of friends and family.
Funeral Service Monday 10:00am at A.J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak. Family will receive friends Sunday 12:00 – 5:00pm
Donation can be made to Rackham Symphony Choir Intern Program: http://rackhamchoir.org/donate/ click here to go to website
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