Steven Louis Del Sesto

May  20th, 1948 March  28th, 2024
Barrington, RI
Steven Louis Del Sesto


Steven Louis DelSesto, 75, of George Finnerty Road, Barrington, Rhode Island, died peacefully on March 28, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Nancy A. (Levasseur) DelSesto.

 Born in Providence, a son of the late Louis and Agnes (D’Ambra) DelSesto, he lived in Barrington for 40 years.

Steve grew up in Providence’s Federal Hill neighborhood until his family moved to Santa Barbara, California at age 9. After attending high school in Santa Barbara he took classes at Santa Barbara City College in the automotive services program and then attended San Jose State University for an undergraduate and master’s degree in sociology.

Steve moved from California to the University of Southwest Louisiana in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he lived and worked as a sociologist studying Cajun culture. Following a few years there, he moved back to Rhode Island where he earned his PhD from Brown University. He taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and University of Rhode Island, and then became assistant professor of science, technology and society at Cornell University. He later worked as a researcher at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City.

In 1983 Steve began a new career as a portfolio manager at Kidder Peabody in Providence. There, Steve developed a passion for following financial markets. He soon became Senior Vice President and stayed in his position for nearly 40 years, as the company was acquired by Paine Webber and then UBS. Steve loved helping his clients achieve their financial goals. For many years he had a recurring segment about investing on the local NBC morning news.

Steve married Nancy, and they moved to Barrington where they started a family and later built a home together. They especially enjoyed spending time in nature, with walks in the woods and nearby salt marshes. Nancy introduced Steve to Little Compton, RI. They spent each summer there, and Steve came to savor the country lifestyle.

Steve loved working on cars, and, later in life, his own motorcycles. He famously was able to identify the make and model of any car from the 60s or 70s. On weekends he could usually be found doing yard work or planning his next motorcycle touring route. Steve also had a deep fascination with history, particularly the World War II era.

A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Steve loved spending time with family. He took pride in his family’s accomplishments and had a story or advice for every situation. His family and everyone who knew him could count on Steve for support, guidance, and engaging conversation.

Besides his wife of 40 years he is survived by his two sons Michael DelSesto and Matthew DelSesto, two daughters-in-law Lindsey DelSesto and Megan DelSesto, and two grandsons Leonardo DelSesto and Christian DelSesto. He is preceded in death by his brother Robert DelSesto, and survived by his sister-in-law Tammy Taylor, two nieces Alyssa DelSesto and Rebecca DelSesto, and brother Gerald DelSesto. 

The funeral services will be private. Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted.

Contributions can be made in Steve’s memory to the Cancer Research Institute at:

 All who knew Steve are invited to share personal memories, tributes, photos or messages before May 5 at the memorial website:


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May 3, 2024
Nancy, I just learned of Steve’s death. You may recall me from my brief time at Brown in the early ‘80s and a stop in Rhode Island in the late ‘80s that included a visit at your home. I remember Steve with great fondness and respect.
Dr. William Canak
929 Forest Acres Court
Oak Hill, TN 37220
William Canak
April 9, 2024
Gerry & family,
I was sorry to read of Steven’s passing and sorry for your loss. I remember when you and I used to keep in touch a lot when you all lived in Seekonk and myself in East Providence. A lot of years have passed since I had seen any of you. Think the last time I had seen your Dad was in the 80's...I also miss your Mom and Dad especially.
I am living in Florida now for the last almost 21 years. Please contact me when you feel up to it.

Cousin Nancy
Cousin Nancy (Moroni) Richard
April 8, 2024
Dear Nancy, Michael, Matthew & family,
We are saddened of the passing of Steve. Our memories of many years of advice, compassion and his witt will always stay in our hearts. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt sympathy are with you all at this difficult time.
God Bless, Anthony & Lucille Boscia
Anthony & Lucille Boscia
April 8, 2024
Nancy, on behalf of our team at UBS, please accept my most sincere condolences for your loss. I met Steve 15 years ago when I joined UBS, and I always found him to be one of the most genuine and down-to-earth people in the office. We bonded because he said my "last name ends in a vowel." I laughed when he said that, but I knew exactly what he meant. I so much appreciated that and I am truly humbled that he trusted me to carry on his business. His clients sing his praises as a trusted advisor, friend, and gentleman. He will be missed. We wish you strength and comfort.
Robert Procaccianti
April 8, 2024
Nancy, We are so very sorry to hear this. He will be missed at Briggs Beach and around LC. Sending our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Jeanette and Bob ( 6 Little Pond Cove Rd.)
Jeanette and Bob Emerson
April 8, 2024
Nancy, Michael, Matthew- We share your loss and pass along our sympathies- Steve will be missed by many. For most of a decade Steve and I would journey down to quarterly board meetings with our UBS clients in Westerly or New London. The stress of our little stage when markets proved in our favor or not always provided a good deal of energy. We would fill the entire rides down with animated conversations of markets, economics, politics, then on the way back- feeling more relaxed- the conversations would turn to family, house building, Federal Hill history, cars, and particularly to places - drives & rides we hoped to do someday. Thank you for sharing the memories and photos. They put pictures to some of the conversations Steve and I shared. My condolences to you. Peace to you and all the DelSesto family. - Jim
Jim Lynn
April 7, 2024
Oh Nancy, I am so sorry to read this, and sad I never got to know Steve, but certainly glad I met him that once at the Howe's! I am always around if you need anything.. my sincerest condolences.
Anne Carpenter
April 7, 2024
I was so sorry to see his obituary in the paper today. We had wondered if he was ailing, given his absence in Little Compton this winter. He was a fine and friendly neighbor and we are sorry to not have gotten to know him more.
Ty Howe
April 6, 2024
I love this picture of Steve in his baseball cap with the ocean in the background, and a wry smile on his face, looking like he's ready to deliver a witty, often sarcastic comment. That is just how I will always remember him. He was a good friend, a loving husband, and a great father. When I think of what makes a person successful, of what makes a life full, I think Steve had it covered. Sending love to Nancy, Mike, Matt and the family.
Susan Robinson
April 5, 2024
Steve will be sorely missed. He was a true friend and confidant. His quick wit and knowledge on a wide range of topics was truly unique. He was a man of strong ethics and morals. Steve's passing will leave an emptiness in all those he touched. May he enjoy eternal peace. Love and Prayers to Nancy and Family.
Sal & Linda DiSanto
April 5, 2024
Nancy and family, i am so very sorry for yours and our loss of a great long-time friend in Steve. Our high school years were made more fun when Stevie was around— shenanigans! His laugh was infectious. He will be missed.
Take good care. Prayers, Harriet (Chuck) Roberts
Harriet Roberts
April 5, 2024
My loving brother . My heart aches with your passing. I’m so sorry. Stay close to me. I need you. Talk with me. I hear you. Guide me forward. I will never leave you. You are part of me. I feel your love. Shine down on me. Keep me strong. I can see you walking, talking , laughing. I don’t forget. Ever. You helped me more than you know.
My love shall never wane.
Rest peacefully
Jay Del Sesto
April 5, 2024
Delsesto family – As the poet W.S. Merwin wrote, “ Your absence runs through me like thread through a needle. Everything I do is stitched with its color.” Steve was a Renaissance Man and I enjoyed working with him at UBS. I will stitch the world with the color of his presence and will be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve his passing. Warm thoughts to you during this tough time.
Greg Voigt
April 4, 2024
When I first got to know Steve, I was intrigued because he was a man with many different stories and life adventures. He began his life as a child in the Italian Federal Hill neighborhood of Providence and moved to sunny Santa Barbara, California at the age of nine. Music, fast cars, and beaches had a major impact on his future lifestyle and persona. From there, he took on a role of academic professor, researcher, and author which inspired his curiosity for learning new ideas and his understanding of many different types of people. It was his myriad of life experiences which fascinated me most when we first met.

At one point, when he decided that his love of investing could be easily transformed into a new career, he joined the firm of Kidder Peabody and quickly began to grow his business. Because of his wide range of life experiences, he was able to connect with and help his clients and his family achieve their life goals.

All of this greatly influenced who Steve was to become. He identified most with an extremely strong work ethic, and would rather spend his weekends on his lawn tractor and working on projects than most anything else. But, he also knew how to have a good time, which he fine-tuned during his time living in Louisiana with the Cajuns, dancing and listening to blues and zydeco music. And he was able to apply this joie de vie to his family experiences.

But what Steve was most proud of in his life was his family. His focus on family was definitely what had the greatest impact on us. And it’s clear that his philosophy and priority of family life had a major influence on the positive development of his two boys. When I look at the amazing men they have become, I see them as his greatest legacy.
Nancy DelSesto
April 4, 2024
Note: music playing is "Hot Rod" by Clifton Chenier, off the album Louisiana Blues and Zydeco
DelSesto family


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