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WELLS -- Neal Irwin Steingart, 60, a long time resident of Yarmouth, died at his home in Wells on Jan. 13, 2013, with his loving family by his side.
Born on Aug. 30, 1952, in Brooklyn, N.Y., Neal was the son of Edward and Rachel (Weinstein) Steingart. He graduated from James Madison High School, Brooklyn, in 1970. While living in Maine for the past 25 years, Neal was an Information Technologies Field Service Engineer for Logical Solutions Co., Inc. in Windham, Wordwrap Service Corp. in South Portland, and Portland Computer Copy, Inc. He also did freelance repair of consumer audio products.
Music was a major part of Neal's life. He taught himself to play guitar, formed bands with friends, and played the latest pop rock music of the 60s and early 70s. After high school, Neal built, co-owned, and operated Fly Studios, in Brooklyn. Bands flocked to his studio to record and mix with Neal based on his reputation of having 'great ears.'
Neal hit the big league in the 80s, working as a maintenance engineer at New York's renowned Record Plant Studios where the likes of Aerosmith, John Lennon, Cindy Lauper, Bruce Springsteen, and countless others recorded. Neal maintained equipment in four studios and two remote recording trucks. Neal met his future wife, Carol, an assistant recording engineer at Record Plant. They wed on Sept. 13, 1987, and recently celebrated their 25th anniversary.
When the digital era was blossoming, Neal went to work for New England Digital, maker of the popular Synclavier, a tapeless music workstation and synthesizer.
Neal and Carol moved to Yarmouth to start a new life and family. Neal shifted his career focus to computer repair but also set up a home recording studio. Highlights of his recordings revolved around collaborative songs with their daughter Emily and her Yarmouth classmates. Entire classes would record songs as school projects. Additional student-focused projects included rock band demos and live recordings, a Christmas CD, and college audition CDs. For most students, this was their very first experience into the world of music recording.
Neal had an innate talent for fixing audio gear and doing electronic repairs. He was revered as the 'go-to' guy in many local musicians' circles.
Diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer in 2004, Neal underwent traditional and alternative treatments, in addition to five spine surgeries and several clinical trials. He became a member of the Southern Maine Macrobiotic Association in 2006 and switched to a whole grain, plant-based diet. Throughout his journey, Neal kept his humor and optimism. He was an inspiration to those around him.
Neal is survived by his loving wife, Carol Cafiero Steingart; his daughters, Melissa Steingart-Gray of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Emily Steingart of Wells; his brother David Steingart of Swan Lake, N.Y.; and his two grandchildren, Julia Gray and Lucy Gray.
A memorial service will be celebrated at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Emmaus Lutheran Church, 265 Middle Rd., Falmouth. Burial is at Riverside Cemetery, Yarmouth. Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 111 Chapel Rd., Wells. www.bibberfuneral.com.
In lieu of flowers, please
make donations to:
Hospice of Southern Maine 'In-Home Care'
180 U.S. Route One #1
Scarborough Maine 04074
Neal Irwin Steingart
Bibber Memorial Chapel
111 Chapel Road Wells, ME 04090
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Jan. 19, 2013