He lived for 20 years in Phoenix, Arizona, where he worked as a stonemason , often at the artistic end of masonry.
While in high school in the late 1940s, Stephen worked summers with his father, who was a stonemason and bricklayer.
Neighbours say the tight-knit village has been shocked to hear of the death of the self-employed stonemason and walling contractor.
James, a 26-year-old trainee organic farmer, and Tom a mature stonemason , both want to build their own homes without being saddled with a mortgage.
Built in 1772 by a local stonemason , it had ended up being used as a boys' prep school.
It describes how family members over the years - through trades including farming, textiles, building and stonemasonry - have made a lasting impact on the village and its surrounding area.
The restoration business needed additional stonemasons and bricklayers, but not full time.
But the stonemasons who built the small parish church in Skelton invested it with the same love and care as they had lavished on York's cathedral.
Supported by other construction workers, stonemasons working on the quadrangle of the new University of Melbourne marched to the site of Parliament House on 21 April 1856.
No masonry has fallen from St Martin's but stonemasons carrying out routine repairs raised concerns about potential damage in the light of the fatal accident and the bad weather forecast for the coming weekend.