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Stephen John Mafrici

Stephen John Mafrici

21st April 1954 - 8th February 2024


Stephen passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on 8th February 2024 at St John of God Hospital, Ballarat aged 69 years. 
Dearly loved husband of Helen.   Proud father of Angela and Rachael, and father in law of Daniel. 
Very special Pa of Ava, Piper and Jovi.

To the world you were but one, to us you were the world.  A brave heart at rest.


Stephen, you were my world, you meant everything to me.

The love I have for you now will last eternally.  I’ll miss your warmth, I’ll miss your strength,

I’ll miss your cheeky smile, I wish I could see your face again even for a little while.

Thank you for your devoted love that helps me through each day,

and for all our precious memories that will never fade away.

I hope that you have felt at peace since we said our last goodbye, in my heart I know that you’ll be forever by my side.

I was so proud to be your wife - I love you forever, Helen (Petal) xxx


You held my hand when I was small, you caught me when I fell,

you are the hero of my childhood and my later years as well.

Every time I think of you, my heart still fills with pride,

though I will always miss you Dad, I know you’re by my side.

In laughter and in sorrow, in sunshine and in rain,

I know you’re watching over me, until we meet again.

Never far apart, always in my heart.
Love you forever Dad, Ange xx


Pa, I love you so much. I will miss seeing your cocky hair in the mornings and teasing you about your chicken legs.

Love you forever, Lavinia (Ava) xx


Pa, I love you more than anything; I always have and always will. 

Love Pipey, your little chicken xx


If tears could build a stairway and memories build a lane, I’d walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

Dad, our hearts are breaking. What I would give for one more kiss, one more hug or to hear you say “Hi darl” just one more time. 

You meant the world to us, and we honestly don’t know how to do life without you in it.  You fought so hard to stay with us but couldn’t fight anymore. 

We know in our minds that you are in a better place where you have no more pain, we just wish we would explain that to our hearts. 

We love you with all our hearts, forever our hero.

Rach & Dan xxx


I love you and miss you Pa Pa.  I’ll see you in my dreams and in the brightest star at night.

Love you to the moon and back.

Your little man Jovi xxx


A service to celebrate Stephen’s life was held in the Church of Christ, Blakeley Road, Castlemaine on Tuesday 20th February.

You can watch a recording of Steve's service here on his tribute page,

by just scrolling down a little. 


In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in memory of Steve to the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute, who cared for him over a number of years.


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71 responses to “Stephen John Mafrici”

  1. Sue and Hugh says:

    Special memories of our loved friend Stephen.
    Sue & Hugh xx

  2. Sue Chisholm says:

    Dear Helen and family,
    My sincere condolences to you all.
    Steve was a wonderful man and loved by all, keep the memories and look after each other.
    Sue Chisholm

  3. Kara Rixon says:

    Dearest Helen, Ange, Rach, Dan, Ava, Piper & Jovi.
    Our love to you all on the passing of your dear Stephen.
    I will miss the “Hey Sweetness what’s happening?” every time I saw him.
    Rest peacefully Fric 💙💙
    Kara, Shawn, Archie & Ella xxxx

  4. Jodie McLean-Taylor says:

    Stevie ❤️💔 my beautiful Uncle,
    I love you so much … sleep peacefully you’re free of pain now.
    Will miss your favourite saying “HEY what’s happening?”.
    I promised you I’d look after Helie, Ange and Rach and I will in every way I can xxx
    Forever our Angel … now in heaven 💔❤️
    Cherished memories are forever mine.
    Jodie, Shane, Maisie and Brodie XOXOX

  5. Di Klimeck says:

    Dear Helen, Angela, Rachel and families,
    Our love to you all on the passing of your beloved Stephen.
    A wonderful man, a true gentleman. Cherish the memories you made with him.
    Our deepest sympathy,
    Di Klimeck and family xo

  6. Denise Lavery says:

    Helen & Family.
    So sorry to hear of Stephen’s passing.
    Love and deepest sympathy to you all.
    Denise & Tosh.

  7. Fred Freeman says:

    What can I say…Steve was an absolute gentleman.
    Always smiling, wouldn’t hesitate to help, especially if you were having hassles with the SEC getting power connected.
    Will miss the greeting of “goodday boy, where ya living now?”.
    Great memories from football and friendship. ❤️ Helen and family.
    Fred Freeman xoox

  8. Linda and Peter Bright says:

    Helen, Ange, Rachael, Dan, Ava, Piper and little Jovi.. sending sincere condolences.
    Steve with the twinkling eyes, the cheeky smile, but above all his love for, and the pride in his family!
    A brave fighter to the end.
    Will be missed by so many.
    Linda & Peter Bright

  9. Kellie Bright says:

    To Helen, Ange, Rach and your beautiful families.
    I’ll always remember your dad as such a kind, funny, cheeky and patient person (especially with a house full of squealing little girls!).
    Sending lots of love to you at this time, from Kellie Bright.

  10. Lynne and Ron Mewett says:

    Our love and deepest sympathy to Helen, Ange, Rach and families.
    You were Stephen’s world; he fought so courageously to stay with you. As hard as it is to do so, we have to take comfort that he is now pain free.
    Stephen was a loyal friend to many, a gentleman and a stickler for perfection in everything he did……..all with a smile!
    We had some great times together.
    Love Lynne and Ron Mewett

  11. Val bill tangey says:

    To Helen, Rachel, Dan and little Jovi.
    My thoughts are with you on your loss of a wonderful man, husband father, father in law and a proud pa pa.
    Valerie Tangey

  12. Chris and Anne Turley. says:

    With deepest sympathy to Helen, Ange, Rach and Dan.
    Steve was such a good family man, and will be sadly missed.
    Helen, you did a wonderful job caring for Steve during his unfair illness.
    May he rest in peace.
    Chris & Anne Turley

  13. Cass Berry says:

    Forever your “Sweetness”, Forever my Baz!
    Our hearts are broken for you H, Angie & Rachi Mae.
    Until we meet again Baz, love you x
    Cass, Bez, Milla and Kaide xx

  14. Narelle Rowland says:

    To Helen, Ange, Ava & Piper, Rach, Daniel & Jovi.
    Our thought are with you all at the very sad time, we have many fond memories of Steve, he will be sorely missed by many.
    Sending our Love Narelle, Troy, Jayden & Courtney xx

  15. Carmel & Keith Hunter says:

    Dear Helen & family,
    Our heartfelt love to you all.
    Your beautiful family is a credit to Stephen’s & your loving care of each other.
    Carmel & Keith Hunter

  16. Judy Wagstaff says:

    Deepest sympathy Helen, Ange, Rachel, Dan, Ava, Piper and Jovi on the passing of your dearly loved Stephen.
    He tried so hard to stay with you.
    He will be with you always the wonderful memories you shared.
    Judy Wagstaff ❤️

  17. Jenny Locke says:

    Dear Ange and family,
    I didn’t know your Dad, but without doubt he instilled in you, your loving heart, kindness, compassion, sense of fun and humour and your determination.
    He will be by your side always and forever.
    Jenny Locke 💙💙💙

  18. Shane and Kaylene O'Brien says:

    A lovely caring man.
    Sending you all love and hugs ❣️
    Shane and Kaylene O’Brien

  19. Bianca Broom says:

    Dear H, Ange, Rachy, Dan, Ava, Piper and Jovi,
    We are saddened to hear the news of Steve’s passing.
    May the memories you have created over your lifetime be cherished and held tightly in your hearts.
    Our deepest condolences to you all.
    Much love Roh, B, Nate, Lottie and Tilly xoxoxoxoxo

  20. Karen Rowan says:

    Although our hearts are broken 💔
    Our love and our memories stay with us forever ❤.
    All our love Kaz and Bren.
    Go Blues.💙💙

  21. Dian and Greg Tate says:

    Such a sad time for all of you.
    We will always remember Steve with love and will miss his huge smiles and wonderful sense of humour.
    Dian and Greg Tate

  22. Athol Dennis says:

    Helen, Ange, Rach, Dan, Ava, Piper & Jovi … you will all have so many great memories of my longtime friend Steve, as his family was the world that he was so proud of.
    Together with Helen he achieved so much and he will be sadly missed along with that cheeky humor that he was so good at.
    Athol, Julie and Family

  23. Deanne Watson says:

    As I sat crying in the car I realised that I will not ever hear the words’ Stevie Says’ from Hele again…… It will now be ‘Steve said’….. and I don’t know if I am ready for that.
    To Hele, Ange, Rach and family….. I love you and we count ourselves lucky to have known him all our lives.
    Dids & Charlie.

  24. Noela Evans says:

    To Helen, one love for such a long time❤️
    Thinking of all of the family.
    Sending love Noela (Chapman) Evans X

  25. Daryl Best says:

    To Helen, Angela, Rachael & families.
    Our sincere condolences to you all.
    Steve was a great family man and a friend to all who knew him. Rest in peace and free of pain.
    Daryl and Sue xx

  26. Rima & Sam mustafa says:

    Our love and deepest sympathy to Helen, Ange, Rach and families.
    So sorry for your loss we will never forget the first time we met Stephen…A true gentleman.
    I’ll always remember your dad as such a kind, funny and witty man, who absolutely adored his family, may he rest in peace 🙏
    Sending love and hugs,
    Rima & Sam Mustafa

  27. Anne and Roger McLean says:

    To my Beautiful Sister Helen, Angela, Rachael, Daniel, Ava, Piper and Jovi.
    Our Hearts are breaking for you on the Sad loss of Stephen.
    He will always be in our thoughts and have a very special place in our Hearts ♥️ LOVE YOU 🥰
    Annie (Me) and Roger ❌💔❌

  28. Frank and Janita Docherty says:

    You were good looking, tough and a gentleman.
    I looked up to you on the footy field, an absolute legend.
    Great memories, always had a grin (cheeky). One of the great men I have met in life, Love Docker.
    Love and sympathy to the Helen and family.
    Frank and Janita Docherty

  29. Pam Scoles says:

    To Helen, Angela, Rachael and families,
    So very sorry for your loss.
    Our thoughts are with you all.
    Pam & Phillip Scoles

  30. Craig Ginnivan says:

    Great bloke, great memories of playing footy with Steve.
    Craig Ginnivan

  31. Alyce Waters says:

    Knowing I’ll never see that lovely face of yours walk through my salon door again hurts so much.
    I’ll miss your weekly visits every Friday to the salon, your text messages to check on the Family & your beautiful nature.
    You were one of a kind. How lucky I was to know you.
    Rest peacefully Steve.
    Sending so much love to Helen, Ange, Rach & their Families.
    Alyce Waters xx

  32. Graeme Blackmore says:

    Dear Helly and Family…..
    So sad to hear the passing of Steve…..
    A good friend and workmate…..
    Thinking of you at this time….. R.I.P. Steve..
    Graeme Blackmore

  33. Ricki says:

    We are so very sorry to hear that Steve has passed away… our condolences to Helen, Ange, Rach, Dan, Ava, Piper and Jovi.
    Ricki & Noel Bright

  34. Jude Cawthan says:

    Helen, Ang, Rach, Dan, Ava, Piper & Jovi…. Our love and thoughts are with you all at this sad time.
    Jude & Ron Cawthan

  35. Bernadette says:

    Steve made a huge impression on everyone he met.
    Memories go back over 55 years. Gone much too soon.
    Love to his 3 girls and all the family.
    Bernadette 💔

  36. Gabe,Craig Marshall says:

    Dear Helen and family, we are so sorry for your loss.
    Steve was a great man and will be greatly missed by all.
    Sending love and prayers at this very sad time.
    Gabe and Craig Marshall

  37. Tony Walsh says:

    Sincere Condolences Helen and family on the loss of a great man.
    Steve was very passionate about getting a new Ambulance station built in Castlemaine and wrote many letters to government ministers over many years.
    It has not been built yet Steve… but I am sure that when it is it will be as a result of the letters you wrote. Thanks on behalf of the ambos for your efforts.
    R.I.P. Steve.
    Tony Walsh

  38. Carmel Smith says:

    Sending our love and hugs to you Helen Angela, Rachael and families from Canberra.
    – your lose is immense with Stephen’s passing – we think of you all so often – just think all of Castlemaine and beyond love you dearly.
    All our love Carmel (Taylor) and Barry Smith ACT xx

  39. Lynette Watson says:

    Sal, Ange, Rach, Dan, Ava, Piper and Jovi my heart breaks for you 💔 ….
    For Mu 💜….I still see you Bare Foot Water Skiing Across Cairn Curran…

  40. Sandra and Neil Wilson says:

    Dear Helen, Ange, Rach ,Daniel, Ava, Piper and Jovi.
    Thinking of you all at this very sad time. Remembering all the good times we had as neighbours when our kids were growing up.
    Steve was such a gentleman, kind and caring and had a great sense of humour. He adored his family and was so proud of everything they achieved.
    He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Love to you all. XXX
    Sandra and Neil Wilson

  41. Jackie Farrell says:

    To Dear Helen, Ange, Rach, Dan, Ava, Piper and Jovi.
    Thinking of you all at this very sad time, with deepest sympathy on the loss of Steve.
    Jackie Farrell

  42. Karen SmIth says:

    Dear Helen, Angela, Rachel and families
    We are so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing and our thoughts are with you all at this sad time…
    Much love to all
    Pat Droney, Karen and Brian, Julie and Doug

  43. Andrew Turley says:

    Thank you for allowing me to be part of your family, and for being such a wonderful Pa to my beautiful girls.
    Finally at peace.

  44. Eileen Franklin says:

    Dear Helen, girls and families,
    So sorry to hear of Steve’s passing.
    We met him probably about 50 years ago when he lived with Lynn and Billy. Once met, never forgotten, he was such a great bloke with that big beaming smile.
    So sad for you all, he will be sadly missed.
    Eileen, Murray, Cindy, Jon and families.

  45. Robyn and Barry Scoles says:

    Dear Helen, Ange, Rach, Daniel, Ava, Piper and Jovi.
    Our thoughts and love are with you at this very sad time.
    Remembering all the good times in Ross Road.
    Will miss that cheeky smile.
    RIP Steve. xx
    Robyn and Barry Scoles

  46. Denise Perry says:

    A Castlemaine legend, remembered by many, gone but not forgotten.
    Denise Perry

  47. Karen Williams says:

    Sending our love and condolences to you all on the sad passing of Steve.
    Karen and Dale Williams.

  48. Milt and Glenn Miller says:

    Dear Helie, Ange, Rach, Dan, Ava, Piper and Jovi.
    It’s with such sadness to hear of Steve’s passing.
    Thinking of you all but knowing you girls will look after each other.
    I know that’s what Steve would want from his beautiful girls.
    Lots of love to you all
    Glenn, Milt, Simone, Tan, Renae and families.

  49. Fay Dale says:

    To Helen, Angela, Rachel and family.
    So sad to learn about Steve. Great family man. Great memories.
    Lindsay and Fay Dale

  50. Deb Worland says:

    To Helen, Ang, Rachel and family, we would like to offer our deepest sympathy at the passing of Steve.
    RIP Steve.
    Deb, Allan and Chris

  51. Max & Ross Everett says:

    Love and deepest sympathies to Helen, Ange, Rach, Daniel, Ava, Piper and Jovi.
    Heartbreaking to hear of the passing of Steve, such a great man who will be forever loved and missed.
    Our thoughts and love are with you all. Rest peacefully Steve
    Maxine & Ross, Brianna & Lachie, Ella, Emilia & Ben

  52. Jan Maltby says:

    Dear Helen and family. So sorry to hear of the passing of Stephen. Sincere condolences to you all on your loss.
    Jan Maltby

  53. Ewen MacDonald says:

    To Helen, Angela, Rachel and family.
    So sad to hear about Steve’s passing, sending our heartfelt condolences to you all.
    Ewen and Linda MacDonald

  54. Nicole Turley says:

    Rest in peace Steve, a man who loved his family more than anything.
    Love Nicole Turley

  55. Brooke Douglass says:

    Dear Helen, Ange, Rach, Dan, Ava, Piper and Jovi boy,
    Our thoughts and condolences are with you all on the sad passing of your beloved husband, Dad and Pa.
    Fric was such a great man.
    Sending all our love.
    Jack, Brooke, Delaney, Piper and Judd.

  56. Helen & Ian Wilson says:

    To Helen, Angela, Rachel and families,
    Sending our sincere condolences to you all on the loss of Steve. A good man gone too soon.
    💙 Helen and Ian Wilson

  57. Rod & Judy Tunn says:

    To Helen & family, sending our condolences to you all on the passing of Steve.
    A good bloke taken too soon.
    Judy & Rod Tunn

  58. Linda Bassett says:

    To Helen, Ange, Rachel, Dan and family,
    So sorry for your loss of Steve, such a family man, always smiling and happy.
    Thinking of you all.
    Linda Bassett

  59. Joy Ryan says:

    I send you strength for today Helen and your family and so many happy memories to share forever.
    Joy Ryan (Susan’s sister)

  60. Nerolee Barker says:

    One of the most hard working men I know that always looked magnificent! Who absolutely adore his two beautiful girls and grandkids and his most caring beautiful wife Helen!! What a beautiful family you all are!! Be sadly missed always stay in our hearts Stephen!!
    Love to you all love Heath, Nerolee, Mason and Remi Barker

  61. Philip Sainsbury says:

    Will be missed by all whose lives he touched condolences to the family.
    Fricka has left the building…..
    Phil and Sandra

  62. Daryl Gale says:

    Helen, Angela, Rachel & families. Thoughts are with you on the passing of Stephen a great family man, teammate and good bloke.
    Rest in peace Frick, one of the good ones.
    Daryl Gale and family

  63. Irene Raselli says:

    Helen, Rachael, Dan and Jovi,
    Sincere condolences to you at this time.
    Irene Raselli

  64. Deb Owen says:

    My Condolences to Helen & family
    I met Steve over nearly 40 yrs ago through mutual friends Russell & Gail, he had a great sense of humour, and always looking out for others.
    I was saddened to hear the news of his passing. Another gone too soon.
    No more pain and suffering Steve.
    Rest in peace.
    Deb Owen

  65. Fiona Oliver says:

    Wishing much love and strength during this hard time to all of the family. A wonderful man who’s smile made everyone feel wonderful.
    A treasured work friend to Brian & Beth Medbury.

  66. Jenni Lucanto says:

    Dear Helen & family. We were very sad to hear of Steve’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to you all.
    Jenni & Ivan Lucanto

  67. Trish Slattery says:

    Ah the laughs we had in Bendigo working together
    You were a bloody ripper
    Condolences to yr family
    Definitely one of the best 🥰
    Trish Slattery

  68. Helen McClure says:

    To Helen, Ange, Rachel and families.
    Our sincere condolences on the passing of Steve, our thoughts are with you all.
    Helen & Ian McClure

  69. Robyn Harris says:

    What a lovely service for Steve. Thoughts are with Helen, Ange, Rach and families.
    Robyn Harris

  70. Michelle Whaley says:

    A lovely service for a wonderful man. He loved his family so dearly, always. I’ll miss seeing Fric’s genuine smile.
    All our love to H, Ange, Rach and their beautiful families.
    Michelle, Damian, Tate & Lori

  71. Alan Boyce says:

    Dear Helen, Angela, Rachel and families
    We were very saddened to hear of the passing of Steve. A longtime workmate and all round great guy.
    Our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. RIP Fric.
    Alan & Lynne Boyce

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20th February 2024 at 1:30 PM

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