Stephen Lubofsky
(1958 - 2010)

Stephen Lubofsky

April 11, 1958

October 27, 2010

This website is dedicated to the memory of Stephen Lubofsky. Stephen was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother and friend. This site is intended as a celebration of his life.

Please post any memories, stories, anecdotes and photos. It would also be a nice gesture for everyone to sign the guestbook below.

Stephen was loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed.

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Guest Book (42 entries)
I hadn't communicated with Stephen for more than 30 years since our days at Mount Scopus College. A year or so ago, Stephen found me over the internet, and was eager to get re-acquainted via email. His warmth and generosity of spirit shone through in our exchanges.

From the tributes of his friends, its evident that all who knew him were the better for it.

Whenever a Mount Scopus class of 1975 colleague is taken from us far too soon, and especially for Stephen I am deeply distressed, but also enlightened by his example.
Barry Lipp (friend)
January 28th, 2011
Like many others I was touched and fortunate to have known Stephen growing up . Unlike many others I was unfortunate to have lost touch with the unique , extroverted , warm hearted individual who certainly has left an indelible mark on all of us. My last conversation , long ago was jokingly telling him that he had the amazing knack to work for retailers just prior to their demise , but we certainly did not hold him responsible (but just in case I would never offer him a job).
I wish Yael , Mrs.Shirley Lubofsky and all the children , siblings a long life and only Simchas .
Thank you Stephen for the wonderful memories
Yaron Flicker (school friend)
November 30th, 2010
Unlike many people who have left moving tributes to Stephen on this site, Ada and I did not know Stephen in our childhood or schooldays – and yet we can hardly remember life before Stephen – such is the profound impact Stephen had on us and indeed on all who were fortunate enough to count him as a friend. In both our cases, Stephen’s larger than life personality stood out amongst the crowd and we were immediately drawn to him.
I met Stephen just prior to his leaving on his hachshara year which he was to spend with my brother and sister from New Zealand. He immediately endeared himself to me and we subsequently spent time together when I visited Israel at the tail end of their year there.
Ada met Stephen at Monash Uni where they studied Commerce together in between lengthy sessions schmoozing in the caf and library.
But it was as a couple that we both became closest to Stephen – as we both had independent friendships with Stephen, when I moved to Melbourne, Stephen became a focal point of our social lives. He was even at times almost our personal chauffeur as we shared the same circle of friends and most often he would provide the transport. How can we ever forget that bellowing voice as he would invariably jokingly say “NO KISSING!” to the two of us in the back seat.
Stephen was so important to us and such a central figure in our courtship and relationship that he danced me to the chuppah and was front and central at the head table at our wedding celebration as he sat next to Ada and led us in the benching with that beautiful melodic voice of his.
We stayed in touch with Stephen when he moved away from Melbourne whether to the Gold Coast or the States and he always remained a very special part of our lives as we would visit him there or he would visit us on his frequent trips home.
Our kids came to love Stephen just as much as us as they too saw in him a very special human being – someone who valued friendship above all else, who had incredible generosity of spirit and loved having a good time and making sure all who he came in contact with did too! Stephen genuinely cared about our kids as much as he cared about us.
We were privileged to be able to spend a very special time in all our lives together as we joined Stephen and Yael for Daniel’s barmitvah. We saw a metamorphosis take over Stephen as his spirits soared on the elixir of friendship and reliving old times – two things Stephen treasured above all else. When we said goodbye to Stephen that weekend he was full of positive thoughts about his future and only thinking about the good times we shared and still had to come.
And sadly he is no longer with us? We can’t believe it, but we are comforted in the knowledge that we in some small way enhanced his life as he did ours. We will miss Stephen and he will always have a huge and special place in all our lives.
All our love to Yael, Noam, Daniel and Eliana – may the incredible legacy that your dear husband and father, our dear friend, has left give you the inspiration to do as Stephen did – love life!
Ed and Ada Gurgiel.
Ed and Ada Gurgiel (friends)
November 28th, 2010
I was very sad to hear about the passing of our classmate Stephen. Even though I was teased a lot for being the shortest in our year, Stephen was always kind and reassured me that one day they would grow up and that it is the person inside that really counts. I admired Stephen's personality, his honesty and fun loving manner. He will be sadly missed by friends and family. May we all be blessed with love, happiness and health.
Love Debbie (Zonc)
Debbie Listokin (Zajonc) (Scopus classmate)
November 9th, 2010
I was present when the now famous head was jammed and all the excitement that it caused at school . However it was a gift that Stephen inadvertantly gave me that i remember him for.
I had the honour to spend Shabbas lunch with his family as a young boy a number of times and learn what i still consider as my most profound
Jewish experience. A face of jewishness that is graceful, warm and loving.
It was always hard for me to reconcile this memory and experience with the one of Stephen standing in front of Mr Baker - the English Teacher - and telling him what he really thought of the " PINK HAIR "
I am very sorry to hear the news of the passing
of Stephen . To his family my sincerest condolences
Raymond Lisner (Friend)
November 8th, 2010
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"I went to school with Stephen at Mount Scopus College and I remember him as warm and friendly. To his Family - wishing you sincere condolences and a "long life". Lane Shmerling, Melbourne"
Lane Shmerling
November 6th, 2010
"I am so sorry to hear the news. Steven was one of those people who you went to school with but never forgot- in a nice way. I remember him as being open friendly and funny. Whishing his family a longlife."
Ruth Belleli
November 2nd, 2010
"How sad to hear the news of Stephen's passing. May his memory be a blessing to his family & friends.."
Linda Teese (nee Brand)
November 1st, 2010
"Really sorry to hear such sad news. I remember Stephen as a fun loving boy at school, always laughing. I wish you all strength in these sad times. It is lovely to read the tributes. It is a big honour for him to be so loved. Sue Moskowitz(Zimmerman)"
Sue Moskowitz (Nee Zimmerman)
October 31st, 2010


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