In Memoriam – Steve Lemay

April 3, 2018

Seattle Chapter 16 friend and member Steve Lemay died when the 2,000 foot tower he and his crew were working on collapsed near Fordland, Missouri April 19th.

Steve has been a member of SBE Seattle Chapter 16 as well as a Chapter Sponsor and Supporter.

According to the Bellingham Herald, Steve had a crew of six working with him, three of which were injured in the collapse and were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  The workers were all from Steve Lemay LLC, Blaine, Washington.

From the family:

Stephen John Lemay went to be with the Lord on April 19th, 2018 in a tragic industrial accident in Fordland, Missouri. He was born in Manchester, New Hampshire.  His family moved to Rockford Illinois and lived there briefly before moving to Modesto, California when he was five years old. He graduated from Beyer high school in 1980 and went on to Biola University where he achieved a degree in theology with a minor in business. He also met his future wife Carol May Ballard at Biola. They were married shortly after they graduated on June 29th in 1985. Steve began working for Calco Fence Company and also had a small business construction company that he owned. They had two children, a son named Keith and a daughter, Amber. Steve worked for Calco fencing until 1996.

In the summer of 1996 the family moved to Lynden, WA where Steve joined the iron workers union and became a tower hand. He worked for Seacomm Erectors for many years before opening his own tower company Steve Lemay LLC in February 2014. In August of 2016 he became a grandfather to Travis DeVries, whom he was exceptionally proud of. Steve greatly enjoyed playing tennis with his many friends at the Semiahmoo Tennis Club and showing God’s love to the orphans in India.

Steve is survived by his well-loved family, including: his wife, son, daughter and her husband, grandson, his dad and mom, his three sisters and their husbands, and his brother and his wife.

In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to Steve’s favorite charities via a GoFundMe account, Hope Foundation, Happy Hearts, or to Courtney’s Pumpkin Patch; the account has not been set up yet, but it will be soon. (Please refrain from donating directly unless you are donating to Courtney’s Pumpkin Patch as the other two charities are out of the country and do not have secure websites and your bank may cancel your credit card if you donate directly: courtneyspumpkinpatch.com 

A graveside service will be held at Greenwood Cemetery (605 E. Wiser Lake Road Lynden, WA 98264) at 1pm on Saturday May 5th. A memorial service will be held at 2 pm at Second Christian Reformed Church in Lynden WA (710 Front St Lynden, WA 98264) with a reception to follow.

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3 Responses to In Memoriam – Steve Lemay

  1. Jim
    May 1, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Remembering a great guy and chapter supporter. You will be remembered well and missed.

  2. May 1, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    I worked with Steve for many years when he was with Seacomm Erectors and later when he started his own company. We both started our current companies at about the same time and we worked closely together on numerous projects. I had always highly recommended him to numerous tower clients I have had. I found him to be hard working, honest and generous. I once asked if he would help with a project on Vashon Island working for a low power FM station where we would be putting up a new pole and FM antenna on the top of a water tank on a Saturday morning without getting paid to do the work. He immediately accepted and as always his work was perfect. I am currently working as a Forensic tower failure investigation engineer to get to the truth of what happened in Fordland. From what I understand what he did on the tower minutes before it collapsed, makes him a Hero

    I am going to miss him greatly, he was one of the best at what he did.

  3. May 3, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Steve was always professional, respectable, and easy to work with. As an engineer I found him honest and approachable. I knew him to be of high character and deep faith. He will be missed.