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Steven P. Sjogren – The Martha’s Vineyard Times

Steven P. Sjogren – The Martha’s Vineyard Times

On June 14, 2024, Steven P. Sjogren (“Shogie”) passed away at his home in Edgartown, three years after undergoing treatment for colorectal cancer. He was just shy of his 72nd birthday, July 5.

Most of his friends did not know he was ill and were surprised by his death. Shogie was lovingly cared for by his mother and sisters until his last breath.

After graduating from Wachusett Regional High School in Holden, he began the “adventure journey” of young male adulthood known only to the 1970s. He and his friends split their time between Colorado, where they enjoyed skiing, and Martha’s Vineyard, where they sailed, fished and partied. He landed on the island with little more than the clothes on his back.

Steven was happiest fishing from his boat Pearl. Like most islanders he competed in the Derby for over 30 years. He also earned his captain’s license, which he was proud of.

Shogie learned to build houses before becoming a skilled carpenter. Over the years he had many interests, including collecting arrowheads, making art with found treasures, and teaching himself to weld lead, to making steel benches, tables, stools, steel flower pots, and steel roses. He made molds for casting resin fish. He read several books a week and was a great storyteller himself.

Steven became a Big Brother to Matthew Leonard about 20 years ago when he was encouraged to join the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. Shogie mentored Matthew for many years and they remained close until his passing.

Steven’s family loved him very much and will cherish the times we spent together.

Steven is survived by Elizabeth Sjogren, his mother; and sisters, Beth Sjogren-Miller (Pete), Wendy Chabot (Dean), and Laurel Sjogren. His father, Paul Sjogren, predeceased Steven in 1970. Steve will be missed by his aunt, nieces, nephews, cousins ​​and their families. He also had many friends on the Island who will miss him.

A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, July 12th, from 2:00-5:00 pm at the PA Club in Oak Bluffs. Come share your stories with his friends and family.