West, Steven

July 2nd, 2008

stephen-west-700256U. S. Marine Lance Cpl. Steven M. West, age 20, of Wilmington, formerly of Billerica, died, July 2, 2008, in Thailand while on active duty.

Steven was born on August 11, 1987, in Lowell, MA, he was the beloved son of Jacqueline S. (O’Hara) Rooney of Wilmington and David G. West of Nashua, NH.

Steven grew up in Billerica & Wilmington, he attended Wilmington High School and Billerica High School before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps. in 2006. Steven was an extremely accomplished musician, he was a member of many “Strings Attached” programs including the Wilmington Chapter, where he enjoyed teaching younger students and was also very active in the Billerica music program. As a teenager Steven played with the Lowell Philharmonic and performed in groups with musicians from Berklee College of Music.

During the enlistment process, Steven was selected, by audition, to be a member of the United States Marine Corps Band. After Basic Training at MCRD Parris Island, Steven attended the Armed Forces School of Music in Little Creek, Virginia. He was a member of the renowned III MEF ( 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force) Band, based in Okinawa, Japan, whose task was to perform for foreign dignitaries all around the Pacific Rim. Steven recently performed on the island of Iwo Jima for the 60th Anniversary of the battle that turned the tide in WWII. Steven was proud to be a Marine and serve his country, he was especially proud recently when he earned his “Expert Rifleman Badge” while serving in Japan.

Steven is survived by his mother Jacqueline S. (O’Hara) & her husband Dennis Rooney of Wilmington, formerly of Billerica and his father David & his wife Rose West of Nashua, NH, formerly of Tewksbury, his three brothers Dennis, James, & Cullen Rooney all of Wilmington, his grandparents Patricia O’Hara of Billerica and Robert & Elizabeth West of Tewksbury, his uncles James & John O’Hara formerly of Billerica, Michael, Robert, Daniel, James, & William West all formerly of Tewksbury, his cousin Jack O’Hara of Haverhill and a large extended family in Wilmington. Steven was also the grandson of the late James O’Hara.

His Funeral Service will be held from the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, July 14th, at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 12:00 noon. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be on Sunday, July 13th, from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Steven’s name may be made to Steven M. West Memorial Fund, c/o Lowell Five Savings Bank, 240 Main St., Wilmington, MA 01887.


13 Entries in Guest Book for “West, Steven”

  1. Bruce Gertz says:

    Steven was a joy to have as a young student. He was full of enthusiasm and love of music. He caught on very quickly and I believe he was a natural musician. I’ll never forget the big smile always had during our lessons. My warmest sympathy to everyone close to Steven. Bruce Gertz

  2. Barbara Morash says:

    Dear David, Rose and Family,

    I’m stunned and sadden to realize Steven’s loss to you. He has left a powerful example in his short life; an example of courage, perseverance, dedication, respect and tremendous love of family. His music helped relay that message for sure, but his actions spoke his truth. God Bless you. Love, Barbara Morash

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’m saddened to have heard the news of Steven’s loss. He was such a wonderful and tallented person. I’m glad that I had the chance to know him.

  4. Linda says:

    To Steven’s parents and family,
    please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. I knew Steven from the time that he played in the Youth band at Calvary Chapel. He was a fine young man and a talented musician. May God bless you and draw close to you in this time of sadness.

    Linda Pilla

  5. The Doherty Family Wilmington, MA says:

    Your in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.

  6. Gary and Ginny says:

    Words are simply inadequate in the face of such a tragic loss. Please know the Babin family stands with you.

  7. Anonymous says:

    To Steven’s parents and family,

    I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of Steven.

    A Marines Prayer:
    Almighty Father, whose command is over all and whose love never fails, make me aware of Thy presence and obedient to Thy will. Keep me true to my best self, guarding me against dishonesty in purpose and deed and helping me to live so that I can face my fellow Marines, my loved ones, and Thee without shame or fear. Protect my family.
    Give me the will to do the work of a Marine and to accept my share of responsibilities with vigor and enthusiasm. Grant me the courage to be proficient in my daily performance. Keep me loyal and faithful to my superiors and to the duties my Country and the Marine Corps have entrusted to me. Help me to wear my uniform with dignity, and let it remind me daily of the traditions which I must uphold.
    If I am inclined to doubt, steady my faith; if I am tempted, make me strong to resist; if I should miss the mark, give me courage to try again.
    Guide me with the light of truth and grant me wisdom by which I may understand the answer to my prayer.

    Semper Fi,
    Cpl Royce Withey

  8. Jammed says:

    Steve is one of the top musicans that’s ever crossed my path. As He challenged me by his ability, a humble spirit remained as an encouragement to press on to musical greatness.

    Steve had the best mix of attitude and ability. Bar none.

    I met him when he was about 13-14 at the Mayflower Grange, and we started talking music, and realized he was on his game at an early age. @ 16-17 he joined me in “James Eating String”, a three-piece instrumental band with the slogan “inspiration beyond ability”—though that wasn’t the case for Steve. He challenged every fibre of my musical core, and contributed brilliantly to our compositions.

    My musicanship is impacted to the day I put down the guitar for good. At the same time, Steve added a sense of humor the “James Eating String” appreciated after hours of musical brain-torture–”pleasure spiked with pain, music was our AeroPlane” (Red Hot Chili Peppers, one of Steve’s infleuences).

    “There’s a hole, in my life” – Sting

    Can’t be better said,

    1LT A. Michael “Ace” Yates
    Civil Air Patrol
    Greater Nashua Squadron

  9. Catherine Maynard says:

    I am saddened by your loss. You are in my prayers.
    God be with you

  10. Anonymous says:

    Like all the West Family, Steven was generous and kind, and extremely talented. Matt, Mike and I enjoyed his company and friendship and were amazed at his talent. Our prayers and condolences are with his family and friends. We know we will see Steven again.

    Sandy Maida

  11. The Kucmas family says:

    Dear Jackie, David and family:

    There are no words to comfort you in this trying time. Our hearts and prayers are with you.
    God bless you all.


  12. Daniel Sheehan says:

    I went to school with Steve, and served with him, although we never saw eachother in the marine corps, i spent time in the same places. I served in Iraq when i heard of his passing, my sincere condolences to his family…

  13. amanda reis says:

    i am a fellow strings player and i just wanted to say im sorry for the loss of a great person and i was more than honored to play that memorial in may of 09 for him. as a member of strings attached i pass all my love to you and hope all is well.

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