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Steven J. Terlesky, Sr.

Posted 2020-10-15 by mhenderson
Published in The Miner on Oct. 10, 2020 -
Kingman, Arizona -

Steven J. Terlesky Sr. (Steve), age 78, passed away peacefully on
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020 in Kingman, Arizona. Steve was born in Queens,
New York to parents Anastasia and Nicholas Terlesky Sr.

Steve was a beloved husband, father and Pop Pop, and is survived by
his wife, Barbara, of 44 years; his sons, Steven Jr. (Mindy) and
Nicholas (Nikki); and his daughter, Susie (Angelina). Additionally,
his granddaughters, Amber Terlesky Berg (Erik), Trinity and Aubrie;
his great-grandchildren, Blakelee, Rylee and Coy; his sister, Barbara
Pringle; and his brother, Robert Nicholas. Steve was preceded in death
by his parents and his granddaughter, Breanna.

Steve was a compassionate, charismatic, outgoing man, who always loved
the thrill of making a deal, especially when it came to wheeling and
dealing in real estate, and yet he still enjoyed a relaxing boating or
fishing trip. Through the years Steve joined his wife in her love for
animals, and together they rescued and fostered many dogs, cats and
birds. His often-used phrase “trust me” was in reference to being of
assistance to friends and family. He never refused a call for help,
guidance or just to give a listening ear.

Steve was a proud veteran of the United States Army. He joined the
team of Allison Tank Plant as a MBT-70 Tank Test Driver, test driving
over 6,000 miles to help bring the project to a successful completion.

In his desire to be of service to his community, Steve joined the
Brook Park (Ohio) Police Department as an auxiliary policeman in 1967.
He went on to his original calling to become a firefighter in 1970 for
the Brook Park (Ohio) Fire Department.

Steve took the initiative and accountability to get a paramedic
program started for Brook Park, doing this completely at his own
expense and on his own time. Early into the program, paramedics ran
into conflict with Ohio’s law designating who could possess and
administer drugs. Steve worked with a local politician to draft an EMT
law that was presented to the Ohio State Legislature and passed. Three
years later, in 1974, he graduated from the paramedic program that he
introduced to the department and became the first paramedic in
Northeast Ohio. He proudly served his community, delivered 14 babies
and saved many lives!

Steve and Barb opened a used car dealership in 1977, all the while
Steve still working full-time as a paramedic and firefighter. The car
dealership was closed by 1980, at which time, and never missing a
great opportunity, he opened North Coast Jewelers in downtown
Cleveland, Ohio. He retired to Kingman, Arizona in 1984.

Steve, along with his partner and mentor, Larry Gogolick of Cleveland,
Ohio, was the founder of Benco Diamonds & Gold in Kingman, Arizona
(1985-2001), which was managed and run by his wife, sons and daughter.

A lifelong dream of Steve’s was to be a part of producing a New York
Broadway show, which he accomplished, along with his brother, Robert
Nicholas, in 1996. Together they produced a successful, sold out show
at Town Hall with Joni James.

His real passion in life, however, was his family. A devoted husband
and father, Steve was dedicated to keeping his family close, in all
aspects of his life. He was a strong force and the one you wanted in
your corner. His life was influential, and he is greatly missed. So,
until we meet again, and as Steve would always say, “Love ya like a

The family service is private.

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