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In Memory of

Stephen B. Flood

October 10, 1935 - July 23, 2017

Obituary


Stephen B. Flood, Esq., died at his home in Naples, FL. on Sunday, July 23 after a valiant 38 year battle with Parkinson's disease.

Born on October 10, 1935 in New York City, he graduated from Amherst College in 1957 and received his J.D. from The University of Michigan Law School in 1960. He spent his entire 30 year legal career at the New York law firm of Willkie, Farr & Gallagher where he was head of the M&A group and served on the Firm's management committee. As a testament to his deep...

Stephen B. Flood, Esq., died at his home in Naples, FL. on Sunday, July 23 after a valiant 38 year battle with Parkinson's disease.

Born on October 10, 1935 in New York City, he graduated from Amherst College in 1957 and received his J.D. from The University of Michigan Law School in 1960. He spent his entire 30 year legal career at the New York law firm of Willkie, Farr & Gallagher where he was head of the M&A group and served on the Firm's management committee. As a testament to his deep knowledge and widely respected judgement, Steve was also appointed and served as Chairman of the Securities Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association. As one of the country's top M&A practitioners, Steve was at the forefront of the hostile takeover wave of the 1980's, leading many of the firm's largest ever M&A transactions at the time. Steve was a lifelong student of the law and greatly enjoyed mentoring younger lawyers. He retired in 1990.

In addition to the law, Steve was passionate about tennis and reading and a devoted fan of the NY Giants. Above all else, however, he treasured his family. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 58 years, Cynthia (nee Sogard), daughters, Dr. Pamela Flood-Shafer (Dr. Steven Shafer), Courtney Flood Bennett (Peter Bennett), and five grandchildren: Christian, Stephanie, Alexandra, William and Caroline.

Diagnosed at the age of 47 with early onset Parkinson's Disease, in 1999 Steve was one of the first patients to undergo pioneering deep brain stimulation surgery-a long, grueling and intense operation. His herculean strength and tenacity, together with his wonderful doctors and nurses helped him to survive, but it was the deep love and steadfast determination of his cherished wife Cynthia who enabled him not only to survive, but to thrive longer than anyone could ever have believed.

Steve was a brilliant lawyer, the quintessential gentleman, humble opponent, and loyal friend, but, always putting others first, he will be remembered most for his kindness, unmatched character and unselfish love for others.

A Memorial Visitation will be held from 11:00 A.M. until time of Service at 11:30 A.M. on Saturday, August 12 at Hodges

Arrangements under the direction of Hodges Funeral Home At Naples Memorial Gardens, Naples, FL.