Steven John Rowland, age 61 of Cumming, Georgia, formerly of Camden, South Carolina; passed away on October 6, 2010 due to complications from prostate cancer.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Donna Rowland, and his three sons Nathan, Benjamin and Matthew Rowland, and 5 wonderful grandchildren. He was the son of John & Jean Rowland and the oldest brother to Ellen, Keith, Kenny & Joanne.
Steve attended Davidson University before enlisting in the Air Force. He served in the Air Force for 4 years where he excelled as a Russian linguist. He went on to a successful career in the telecommunications industry for over 30 years.
Steve's professional career was a story of courage, dedication and professionalism. His start in hotel communications was an indication of his future successes. After working with some of the telecommunication giants, he decided that it was time to start his own business. His desire to provide the greatest level of service for each and every customer was quite similar to the dedication he gave to his family and friends. Over the course of 17 years, Rodeo Communications evolved from a basement operation to a full service technical partner for almost every hotel brand in the United States. His success can be measured by the dedication of his employees and loyalty of business partners.
Steve made important contributions to the field of cancer research by volunteering as a subject in several groundbreaking clinical trials on the treatment of prostate cancer at the National Institute of Health. The family has the deepest gratitude for the doctors and scientists pursuing cures for cancer. Steve was also a supporter of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Steve will be remembered as a caring husband, father and grandfather and compassionate employer. He took great pleasure in cooking for his extended family. He followed sports closely and was a parent-alumni of both the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Georgia. He had an abiding love of animals, both for family pets and wildlife.
His service was held at 1:00 pm on October 11th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 510 Brannon Road, Cumming, GA 30041.
Memorials can be sent to Christian Community Ministries. Condolences may be expressed on-line at www.mcdonaldandson.com.
Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 150 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA 30040