Stephen J. Verhaegen, 70, of Taunton, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at Rhode Island Hospital surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband of Joy M. (Mills) Verhaegen.
Stephen was born in Boston, MA to the late John G. and Evelyn M. (Demers) Verhaegen. Stephen started his career as a dispatcher for the Boston Police Force. He later moved to the Middleborough Police Force where he established and carried out his career in law enforcement. He was a member of the MPD for 43 years working his way up to the rank of Sergeant and supervisor of the midnight shift before retiring in 2015. Stephen had a passion for what he did and was known for his leadership, calm demeanor, and sense of humor by all his fellow officers. Outside of work, you could find him spending time doing the many things he loved such as fishing (don’t ask about the time he was fishing and almost lost his wedding ring), spending time with his dogs (Tessie ‘Noodles’ and Echo), reading, and camping (especially his yearly trip to the Fryeburg Fair). He was also a man of many talents. He could fix just about anything; from a cars to holiday decorations, if something was broken, Stephen would tinker with it until it was fixed. Also, many people may not know how talented he was as an artist. He had an amazing ability to draw just about anything with remarkable detail.
Besides his loving wife, he is survived by his five sons, Shane Verhaegen, Jon Verhaegen, Christian Mills, Justin Verhaegen, and Travis Verhaegen, along with their loving wives; his eight grandchildren, Dillon, Taylor, Amber, Jayden, Logan, Cameron, Kyran and Zoey; his sisters, Louise Townsend and Deborah Beaupre along with their husbands; his many nieces and nephews and his wife’s large extended family, the Mills’. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Sharon Soares.
His friends and family will always remember him for being a jokester, making people laugh and always being there when you needed him. Whether it was to paint your house or have a deep conversation about space and aliens, you could always count on him. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who had anything negative to say about Steve.
Calling Hours for Mr. Verhaegen will be held on Sunday, September 19, 2021 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, 350 Somerset Ave, Taunton. At 5pm a priest will be present for a prayer and blessing, followed by cremation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. (Facial coverings are required if not vaccinated). To sign the guest book, light a candle, or facility directions please visit his tribute page at www.hathawayfunerals.com. All arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, 350 Somerset Avenue, Taunton.
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