Recreational Fishing Advocate Passes

It is with heavy heart that Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA) announces the passing of its founder, leader and friend, Stephen J. Medeiros. Steve left this world Monday, September 13, 2021.

Steve was a tireless advocate for recreational fishermen and women in RI and all of southern New England. He founded RISAA In January 1998 and was a steady hand at the helm for over 23 years. Steve built a strong organization that will continue his great work long into the future.

Stephen J. Medeiros, Ret. Sgt. WWPD, unexpectedly passed away on Monday, September 13, 2021, at the age of 72. Born on September 20, 1948, in Warwick, Rhode Island, Stephen was the son of the late Joseph S. and Hazel M. (Sousa) Medeiros. He was the loving husband of Lynn M. (Talbot) Medeiros.

Among the many achievements in his richly lived 72 years, Stephen was the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association. Steve worked tirelessly with a group of fellow fishermen to develop the fishing club into a nationally recognized body consisting of thousands of individual members and a broad alliance of other affiliated organizations and coalition partners. Steve’s ceaseless endeavors to protect and preserve the marine fisheries of Rhode Island and Southern New England saw his involvement in a myriad of efforts to benefit his community, from safeguarding the future of individual fish species to ensuring shoreline access to an enduring legacy of bringing the joys of fishing to the next generation.

Possibly equal to his accomplishments in maritime conservation is the successful family business, Medeiros Studios, that grew from his passion for photography. Stephen owned and operated the Studio with his wife and many family members over more than two decades, photographing the lives of his community from weddings and high school proms, to little leagues and father-daughter dances, to First Communions and family portraits. In this way, Stephen touched the lives of so many people with his easy laugh, gentle presence, and ever-constant black pants and blue polo.

Prior to beginning Medeiros Studios, the always-kind and ever-humble Stephen Medeiros also faithfully served his community as a member of the West Warwick Police Department, retiring in 1988 as a Sergeant after seventeen years on the force. Previously, he had proudly served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War, had been in the Navy Band where he had played the trumpet, and obtained a degree from Salve Regina University. Those who loved him understood his unparalleled work ethic, his quiet devotion to family and faith, and his gratitude for the simple pleasures in life, like a home-grown tomato fresh from his garden.

Calling hours and processional gathering will take place at Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home, 659 East Greenwich Avenue, West Warwick, RI on Saturday, September 18 from 8:30 to10:00 a.m., to be followed by a Funeral Mass at Saints John & Paul Church, 341 South Main Street, Coventry, RI at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be private, but friends will be invited to gather after the Funeral Mass to celebrate Stephen’s memory and life, with details to be announced during the calling hours and Funeral Mass.

Should friends desire, donations in his memory may be made to the “RI Saltwater Anglers Foundation,” PO Box 1465, Coventry, RI 02816 (a 501(c)3 charitable organization). Remembrances may be shared at