May 11, 2012 - StaffFormer Riverton, Wyoming & Worcester, Massachusetts
resident Stephen R. Biando died at home in Missoula, MT on Sunday, May 6th, 2012 after a long battle with renal cancer.
He was 61.
Stephen Russell Biando was born on April 13, 1951 in Worcester, MA, the son of James J. and Alice M. (Boyle) Biando. He attended Saint John's High School in Shrewsbury, MA and graduated with a B.A. in English from Assumption College in Worcester in 1973. In 1994 he earned his M.B.A. from Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA. While at Assumption College he enlisted in the United States Navy Reserve in June 1970 as an Aviation Officer Candidate. He received an honorable discharge in September 1971.
In 1973 he married Linda A. Dalimonte, a registered nurse, and the couple lived in Worcester until 1995 when they moved to Riverton, WY with their three daughters.
For the past 33 years Steve has served many organizations as a fundraiser/development officer. These include Assumption College, where he was director of Alumni Affairs and Public Information, Stonehill College, the Carroll School, the Medical Center of Central Massachusetts, Anna Maria College as Director of Institutional Advancement, and Central Wyoming College, where Steve served as the Executive Director of the CWC Foundation and solicited the college's first gift of $1,000,000.
In July of 2000, Steve took a position as the Executive Director of the Wyoming PBS Foundation and worked there until his death. He raised nearly eight million dollars for Wyoming PBS since he began working there and built an endowment that exceeds three million dollars.
He was a board member of the Saint Stephen's Indian Mission Foundation and a former board
member of the Bishop's Finance Council-Diocese of Cheyenne. He was a former member of the Riverton Kiwanis Club, the Council for Resource Development, and the National Society of Fundraising Executives.
Steve was successful in his career, but there is a saying in Italian that best describes his most
important accomplishment: "Sempre Famiglia," or "Family Forever." Steve was always there to offer love, guidance, and emotional support to his wife, his children, and his grandsons.
His greatest legacy is his enduring marriage and the family that he and Linda built. He was lucky enough to marry his best friend and they walked through life together helping each other, learning from each other, and taking care of each other. He gave his daughters invaluable gifts, teaching them to love animals and the natural world, to be loyal to family and friends, to respect themselves, others, and their country, to be fair but to speak the truth, to be strong in the face of adversity, to have a sense of ethics, and to be responsible and hardworking.
A man of compassion and character, he helped his children develop sound principles and the strength to stand upon them. His daughters inherited from him a love of music and books, a sense of humor and wit, and a streak of stubbornness and determination.
Always a strong and loving husband and father, and above all a good man, he has given his
grandsons and sons-in-law a model to look up to and to emulate. His daughters will honor him by sharing with their children all of the lessons and gifts that "Bo" shared with their mamas and aunties.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years Linda; his daughters Julie Edwards and her husband Steve, Kathryn Heckert, and Kristin Morss and her husband Travis; four grandsons, Jake and Joey and twins Jack and Noah; his sister Susan Lauzon and her husband Craig; his sister-in-law Dianne Beaulieu and her family; and his in-laws Tony and Yolanda Dalimonte. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Cremation has taken place. There will be no services at the request of the deceased.
Memorial contributions may be made in Steve's memory to Animeals, 1700 Rankin Street,
Missoula, MT 59808-1630.
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