In Memory

Steven Carta - Class Of 1963

Deceased Classmate: 1963 Steven William Carta
Date Of Birth: November-7-1945
Date Deceased: September-6-2016
Age at Death: 70
Cause of Death: Cancer
Classmate City: Fort Myers
Classmate State: FL
Classmate Country: USA
Was a Veteran: Yes Air Force
Survived By: Wife Melanie Daughter Stephanie Son Luke Son Will

Steven William Carta was born on November 7, 1945 and passed away on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Steven was a resident of Fort Myers, Florida at the time of his passing. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday September 10 2016 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM in the Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers FL.


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09/08/16 07:18 PM #1    

Walter Perine (1963)

Steven W. Carta, 70, passed away on September 6, 2016 peacefully at his home in Fort Myers after a long and fierce battle with cancer. He was born on November 7, 1945, on Long Island, NY. His wife of 30 years, Melanie, his daughter, Stephanie and his sons, Luke and Will were by his side. Also left to cherish his memory are his sister, Diane, his brothers, Richard and Mark, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Steve graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in English, and later received his law degree from UF. He was an ardent Gator and followed virtually all Florida sports. After graduation, Steve returned to his hometown of West Palm Beach where he practiced law before moving to Fort Myers in 1973. He then joined Jim Seals and Wilbur Smith in the firm of Smith, Seals and Carta. In 1983, Steve became a sole practitioner, and his passion and exceptional ability made him one of the most highly regarded local attorneys. Notable among his clients were the News Press, WINK TV and WBBH, due to his statewide reputation in First Amendment law. He represented the Lee County Clerk of Circuit Courts for 35 years.

Steve was devoted to his family and loyal to his friends. If Steve was your friend, you had a friend for life. Steve's mother, Isabelle, and father, Rel, who preceded him in death, were owners of a well-known West Palm Beach restaurant. They left Steve with a highly developed appreciation for good food, and his vision of himself as a restauranteur amused his family and friends.

Please join the family for a memorial service on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 1:00 PM at the Lee County Alliance of the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33919. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent in his name to the Alliance of the Arts. Friends may sign the guest book at



09/09/16 12:50 PM #2    

David Owens (1963)

Rest in Peace my friend. You will be missed.

09/09/16 06:03 PM #3    

Barbara Graiff (Tyler) (1963)

The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one.  You will always be in my thoughts and heart. 

09/09/16 06:16 PM #4    

Catherine Bond (Phillips) (1963)

Well said Barb.  Just knowing he's not here makes me miss him.  A GREAT guy and a long time friend.  RIP Steve...My deepest sympathy, Melanie.

09/10/16 04:02 PM #5    

Nancy Beck (1963)

I remember Steve very well from high school, I remember visiting his parents' restaurant, and I am very glad I was able to see Steve at last year's "70th birthday party" in Palm Beach Gardens. My condolences to his family.


09/11/16 04:44 PM #6    

Walter Perine (1963)

Out of the group of guys I ran around with Steve was definitely the most mature and was really way up there on top of the list scholastically. He was always well grounded and level headed, and treated everyone with kindness and respect.

Steve had a tough disease to fight, but he fought it with courage and tenacity. Most people probably would have given up on day one, but he persevered till the very end. I'm absolutely sure he left his loving family with great times and memories. Rest in peace Steve. We all miss you.


09/11/16 10:44 PM #7    

Ken Keller (1963)

So sad to learn of my good friend passing. I owed Steve a lot. When in high school, he asked me to work with him as busboys at the Colonnade Beach hotel. While working that job, I was able to support my high school lifestyle: maintaining my TR roadster and going to any and all dances in town. And also pay for my first year of tuition at college. For my junior year, Steve convinced me to transfer to UF, and subsequently sponsored me to join SAE fraternity. We had some memorable times at the SAE house.  After graduating from college, we did not see much of each other except for brief visits and class reunions. I was saddened to hear that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma several years ago. When he came to Moffitt for treatments, I always spent as much time with him as I could, and we became closer than we ever were in high school. Steve lived significantly longer than anyone predicted. In fact, at Moffitt they called him "Miracle Man". Steve filled those final years by traveling, enjoying good restaurants, and visiting family and friends. Incredibly, he maintained his law practice almost to the very end. Steve lived life to the fullest; it just seems (perhaps because I am the same age) that he died too young. I will mis him greatly. Rest in peace my friend. 

09/13/16 06:02 PM #8    

Gail Henington (Beveridge) (1963)

Steve was a great guy and I was so glad I got to visit with him briefly at our class brithday party last year.  It's comforting to know that his family was with him at his passing.  Rest in peace, Steve.

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