In Memory of Stephen J. LaPerla

Stephen John LaPerla, age 64 and New Canaan resident for over 27 years, died peacefully Thursday, August 16, 2018 from complications of diabetes after suffering a serious injury. Born in Brooklyn, NY July 3, 1954 he was the son of Nancy LaPerla Mather of Glastonbury, CT and the late Stephen J. LaPerla. He was the devoted husband of Susan Severynse LaPerla.
He was born in Brooklyn on July 3, 1954, the son of Nancy LaPerla Mather and the late Stephen J. LaPerla of Glastonbury, CT. Stephen graduated with a B.S. in International Economics from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in 1976. He began his lengthy career in the commodities and financial services industry and over his 40-year career held positions with Drexel, Burnham Lambert, Greenwich Capital Markets, UBS, Bear Stearns and NYPPEX Private Markets.

Stephen was an avid fly fisherman and accomplished fresh and saltwater fly tier. He was an expert craftsman who worked in wood, ceramics and glass. Most recently he began building exact replicas of 18th century marine sailing vessels. He was an active member of the Connecticut Marine Model Boat Society and frequent contributor to the Nautical Research Guild’s Model Ship World blog.
Kind and loving, Stephen was a dedicated family man whose greatest joy was celebrating life’s special moments with the wonderful and masterfully prepared meals he would share with them and close friends. In addition to his mother and wife, Stephen is survived by his son Stephen J. LaPerla (Bridget) of New York City, his daughter, Annie LaPerla of Westport, CT, a brother Robert LaPerla (Nancy) of Glastonbury, and sister Nancy Bemis (John) of New Canaan, CT, and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday August 22, 2018 from 4:00PM to 8:00PM at the Hoyt Funeral Home, 199 Main Street, New Canaan with remembrances at 7:00 PM. Interment will be private.

For online condolences and directions please visit
All donations will go to Nautical Research Guild. 

About: Founded in 1948, the Nautical Research Guild is an IRS 501(c)(3) approved nonprofit educational organization with an international membership of historians, ship model makers, artists and laypersons with a common interest in the history, beauty and technical sophistication of ships and their models. Our central mission is to provide support for our members who build historically accurate ship models, while also satisfying the interests of our maritime historians, scholars, and students. (
  • Nanette and Bob Purcigliotti 
    • $50 
    • 49 mos
  • Joan Bemis 
    • $100 
    • 50 mos
  • Kyriaki Kuzin 
    • $30 
    • 50 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 50 mos
  • Kathryn Wells 
    • $100 
    • 51 mos
See all

Fundraising team: The LaPerla Family (4)

Anne LaPerla 
Raised $395 from 5 donations
New Canaan, CT
Susan LaPerla 
Stephen LaPerla 
Team member
Raised $635 from 9 donations

Your easy, powerful, and trusted home for help

  • Easy

    Donate quickly and easily.

  • Powerful

    Send help right to the people and causes you care about.

  • Trusted

    Your donation is protected by the  GoFundMe Giving Guarantee.