Steven D. Traub

Resident of Dahlonega

Steven D. Traub, 47, passed away peacefully, December 10, 2018, after waging a courageous battle for over a year against cancer.  He did so with the bravery, grace, determination, and thoughtfulness of others—personality traits that earmarked his entire life.  He is survived by the love of his life, his earth angel and fiancé Christina Callender, his parents, Don and Ellie, his brother and best friend Randy and his nephew Cameron.

Born into a U.S. Army military family at the Presidio of San Francisco on December 31, 1970, Steve, with his winning personality and friendly demeanor, adapted easily to the many moves, both State side and overseas.  There were multiple tours in Heidelberg, Germany where Steve adopted his new home and way of life.  He attended kindergarten there and eventually graduated from the Heidelberg American High School in 1989.  Those years were marked by back packing throughout Europe, playing soccer on both American and German teams, and making acquaintances whose friendships have endured to the present.  All would agree; to know him is to love him.

His career was in the food service industry where his passion and talents were honed by providing the most pleasurable experience in fine dining to patrons.  His goals were always the same; provide top quality food with a pleasing ambiance, and served by a professionally trained staff mentored by him.  He consistently met those goals and was recognized numerous times throughout the years for achieving excellence.  His last endeavor was to help design, staff, and prepare for the grand opening of Guy Fieri, the television personality and renowned chef’s new restaurant in Norfolk, Virginia where Steve was selected as the General Manager.

Steve was also a sports enthusiast and competitor whether it was mountain biking, down-hill ski racing his brother down the mountain slopes of the Alps, or as one of his “bucket list” goals, becoming a certified advanced open water scuba diver.  He tackled them all like he lived life, with gusto, determination and grace.

A private family memorial was held at Steve’s request and several celebrations of Steve’s life are being planned.

Those wishing to make donations please consider the Atlanta Cancer Care Foundation, 5670 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Suite 1100, Atlanta, Ga 30342. Or give online at

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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 36,
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Phone: 706-864-3613
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