Stephen Dzugas-Smith died Sept. 12 while riding his bicycle. He was 66.His family said he enjoyed living on the North Fork and experiencing it by foot, on roller blades and on his bicycle, his favorite hobby, and that he had a friendly smile and talkative Australian spirit.
Stephen moved to the North Fork with his family in 1994 and began working at San Simeon by the Sound nursing home in Greenport as a CNA while also helping on the family farm. After 13 years he moved on to Sunrise Bus Lines, first as a school bus driver. He later transferred to Sunrise’s County Bus routes.
Stephen was born June 3, 1953, in Wauchope, Australia, to Nance and Ronald Smith. He came to America in 1981 to bicycle across the USA, where he met his wife, Donna. They finished the 5,000 miles up and down America with five other cyclists. The experience led Stephen and Donna to work for Country Cycle Touring of New York City, leading cycle tours in America and overseas.
The couple married in June 1985 and in 1994 moved to Southold, where they raised their family on a farm with a small vineyard.
Stephen is survived by his wife; his sons, Derek, of Hancock, Vt., and Kyle, of West Babylon; his daughter, Brittany, of Springfield, Va.; and three siblings, who reside in Australia.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.