Fitch, Steven Gibson
After years of declining health, Steven Gibson Fitch, 72, died peacefully at his home in Blacksburg, Virginia on the morning of 10 January 2019.
Born in Orange, New Jersey on 2 January 1947 to Theodore Gibson and Mary “Elizabeth” (Speights) Fitch, Steven is survived by a Sister, Lynn Fitch, of Greenville, South Carolina; Son Todd of Blacksburg, Virginia (wife Veronica [Barhite] Fitch); Son Blair of Charlotte, North Carolina (wife Brittany [Karaffa] Fitch); and Daughter Katherine (Fitch) Pennylegion (husband John Pennylegion) of Roanoke, Virginia; and seven grandchildren: Sarah and Emily Fitch of Blacksburg, McKinly and Easton Fitch of Charlotte, and Laine, Mead, and Cole Pennylegion of Roanoke. He was preceded in death by his parents and a younger brother, Michael Gibson Fitch.
Steven lettered in High School Football and remained a life-long fan of the New York Giants. He joined the American Merchant Marine and served on the S. S. Metapan II in the Caribbean, Atlantic, and Pacific. He enjoyed all things nautical and cherished the freedom, wind, and spray of piloting power and sail boats. Following in the footsteps of his military aviator Father, Steven became an amateur pilot, earning his FAA Pilot’s License and solo certificate in the 1990s.
An automobile enthusiast, Steven’s first car was a 1950 Mercury bought for $50. Other vehicles of note included a 1953 Buick Roadmaster named “Madeline,” a 1966 Ford Thunderbird, a Fiat 124 Spider, two Jaguars, and a 1995 Chrysler LeBaron convertible that he purchased new and cherished until 2017.
Steven earned a bachelor’s degree from Wyndham College in Putney, Vermont and a Master of International Business from The American University in Washington, District of Columbia. He held sales positions at Texaco, Johnson & Johnson, and other firms and sold marine insulation for Owens Corning. He founded and furthered several ventures including a pre-Internet real-estate database, injected concrete, landscape concrete, and water taxi businesses.
He relocated several times and could speak with authority on the nuances of Texas, New England, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Virginia. Some months after moving to Virginia around 1999, Steven joined St. Paul United Methodist Church in Christiansburg, Virginia where he enjoyed the lessons of the Frank Wickham Sunday School Class and the fellowship of the United Methodist Men. As an amateur historian, Steven enjoyed classic literature and would have been at home as a gentleman of an earlier, simpler time.
Honoring the wishes of the deceased, no public viewing or service will be observed. Donations may be directed to the United Methodist Men of St. Paul United Methodist Church, 220 W Main St, Christiansburg, VA 24073. Friends of Steven Fitch are encouraged to remember him anytime you enjoy a pleasant drive or boat ride. These simple acts brought him great joy; appreciating them would mark a fitting celebration of his life.