Stephen J. Yacoub

Stephen J. Yacoub - Rochester Cremation

Stephen J. Yacoub, 47, of Webster, passed away Thursday, April 27th, 2023.

Steve was born in Rochester, NY on March 10, 1976. Left to cherish his memory are his devoted wife, Amy Yacoub; his amazing children, Angelina Yacoub, Quinn Yacoub, and Zachary Warner; his extended family; and a wide community of wonderful and supportive friends, colleagues, neighbors, and mentees. 

Steve had an early calling to help people. As a lifeguard at the age of 18, Steve saved an 8-year old boy from drowning and received a commendation from Rochester Mayor Bill Johnson. Steve went on to work in healthcare for over 25 years as a Registered Nurse. He was an exceptional caregiver to a multitude of patients. His nursing team members adored him for his kindness, his tenacity, and his advocacy.  

Steve was also an accomplished pianist, a talented visual artist, a skilled carpenter, a brilliant techie, an amazing cook, and a lifelong Philadelphia Eagles fan. But perhaps the greatest passions of his life were fitness, weight lifting, bodybuilding, and Strongman events. Steve coached others to become their best selves and reach beyond their mental limitations.  

Steve was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer on April 1, 2020. Between numerous doctor’s appointments, over 40 rounds of chemotherapy, 15 radiation treatments, 6 surgeries, and frequent travel to and from Syracuse and New York City for treatment, Steve found time and energy to continue his support of others. He raised money for people touched by cancer and hosted the first annual Cancer Hope Strong Strongman/Strongwoman competition to benefit two families impacted by the disease.

In 2021, Steve started the podcast, Cancer Hope with Coach Steve. Through his podcast he was able to connect with countless fellow cancer warriors all over the world and spread his message of hope, joy, and perseverance through adversity. He brought inspiration to so many with his mantra: “Never Surrender.” 

Steve’s proudest achievement, however, was his family. Steve loved Amy and his children from the depths of his soul and was deeply proud to be a husband and father. He loved fiercely and fought for every second to stay with them on this Earth. He will forever be remembered for his will to live life to the fullest and his profound strength.  

In lieu of flowers, and to keep Steve’s legacy alive, the family requests donations be made to the second annual Cancer Hope Strong benefit. Details about the event will be posted to Steve’s facebook page as soon as details are confirmed.

A Celebration of Life gathering for family and friends will be held Sunday, May 21st, 1:00-4:00 p.m. at Roger Robach Community Center at Ontario Beach Park (Charlotte Beach).

8 Condolences

  1. Shannon Glassman on May 1, 2023 at 3:43 pm

    I am so blessed to have had Steve as a close friend for 29 years. There is now a void that will never be filled. He was an amazing person who inspired so many. My heart breaks for all who knew him but especially for Amy, Angelina, Quinn and Zach. Heaven has gained an amazing angel!

  2. Michael Glassman on May 1, 2023 at 6:05 pm

    I am truly blessed to have had Steve in my life and through his positivity kindness and powerful motivating aura I am definitely a better person. My heart will forever have a hole but all the memories I have over the 29 years I have known him provides comfort.

  3. Roberta Ginsberg on May 1, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    Steve positively impacted everyone he encountered. I worked with him at Kirkhaven, where we both were Nurse Managers. He was compassionate, intelligent and motivated. He also did some carpentry work for my husband and me. He was so talented and accomplished so much in his short life. Rest peacefully my friend. Sincere condolences to his family.

  4. Cecilia Albornoz on May 1, 2023 at 7:01 pm

    Thank you for everything you did for others , thank you for contacting me and letting me share my story with more people you were a fighter and an inspiration rest in peace Steve

  5. Sam Sciabbarra on May 1, 2023 at 7:02 pm

    Steve has left us but will not be forgotten. His personality, perseverance and attitude should be lessons to all of us. A great friend. I will miss you buddy.

  6. Amy Sutton on May 1, 2023 at 10:36 pm

    I met Steve in high school, and have great memories of hanging out with our circle of friends. Steve was always a great mentor and support person. When my father was diagnosed with cancer,Steve always checked on me wanting to know how he was was there anything he could do. Even though Steve had his own fights and battles to overcome, he always found the time to look out for others, always found the time to send for supporting others fighting just like him.. He for sure iwas a one of a kind amazing person our hearts and thoughts are with his beautiful family and we hope for peace and comfort during this time. ❤️

  7. Diane Seebach on May 2, 2023 at 8:26 am

    My sincere condolences to Amy and Zach, and all the family. I am so very sorry for your loss. God Bless.
    Diane Seebach
    (Adrian’s grandmother)

  8. Robert on May 3, 2023 at 7:12 pm

    RIP Steve. I did not know you but I knew of you through two of the kindest people – your parents, and my friends. My true condolences to all his family and loved ones.

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