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Stephen Kennedy

Stephen Mark Kennedy

Tuesday, March 14th, 1961 - Friday, July 24th, 2020
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Stephen Mark Kennedy, 59, of Durham, NC, formerly of Weston, WV, passed away on July 24th, 2020 in Duke University Hospital of Durham, NC following a brief illness. He was born in Weston on March 14th, 1961: son of the late Fred Manley and Suzanne Crumit.

Mr. Kennedy is survived by one brother: Don Kennedy of Monongah, WV.

Mr. Kennedy was a supervisor of fellow medical transcription Durham, NC. He attended college at University of North Carolina, West Virginia University, and Middleberry University of Vermont where he obtained one Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Philosophy, and in French, Art, Language and History. His hobbies included photography and travel. Stephen was very outgoing and had great people skills. In honor of Steven a Steven Kennedy Memorial Fund has been set up and donations can be mailed to: UNC Health Foundation, 123rd West Franklin Street, Suite 510, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. The Foundation is grateful for these meaningful remembrances which carry his legacy forward and helps provide enriching cultural experiences for UNC GI fellows.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, September 25th, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. from the Machpelah Cemetery of Weston, WV with Reverend Russell Furr officiating. Interment will follow services on the Moran Lot of the cemetery. On-line condolences and life stories in memory of Stephen may be made on hardmanfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Hardman Family Funeral Home of Weston considers it an honor and a privilege to serve the family of Stephen Mark Kennedy.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

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    Address
    WESTON, WV
  • Service

    Friday, September 25th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    When
    Friday, September 25th, 2020 3:00pm
    Location
    Graveside Serevice at Machpelah Cemetery
    Address
    North Main Avenue
    WESTON, WV
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    Officiant
    Reverend Russell Furr
  • Interment

    Location
    Machpelah Cemetery
    Address
    WESTON, WV

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Jo Stevens

Posted at 09:21am
I worked with Steve for 17 Years in the GI Division at UNC. Many memories I have of our conversations about family, education, and food. Steve loved to eat, I remembered telling him what we were preparing for our family Thanksgiving dinner in 2017. Steve said jokingly will there be any leftovers don't forget to share. I laughed! So, after the Holiday break Steve had surprise waiting for him. I prepared several to-go-boxes of Thanksgiving dinner and deserts for him.
He was clapping his hands like he won the lottery. Steve shared that he didn't get to enjoy all he cooked for his friends that came over for Thanksgiving he was exhausted eat. He thanked me for thinking of him , and how this surprised worked out perfect for him to have his so he wouldn't have to cook for the week. The next morning he gave me a big compliment about have wonderful everything tasted, but he said he ate all of it in one sitting. Steve said it was sooooo goooood!! We laughed about that all day. I really am going to miss him and the conversations we had over the years. Steve was a caring and giving man who had my deepest respect. He never met a strange his bubbly personality invited you in, you always felt appreciated and valued that who he was. For those of who talked to Steve about music Steve loved some Aretha Franklin so I know he is having her ball having her play and sing a song for him. My condolences Jo Stevens and Family
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Joseph Galanko

Posted at 01:09am
I worked at UNC with Steve and although we didn't actually work together, we still got to know each other. If you spent time around Steve it was easy to get to know him, and he you, because that's just how Steve was, very outgoing and loved talking with people.

Steve was from Morgantown WV, which is where I went to college and not too far from where I grew up in PA, so that area was often a topic of conversation between us. Eventually my parents downsized and moved north towards Pittsburgh and lived just off the I-79 Canonsburg exit, which I told Steve during one of our conversations. After that, when he'd visit Morgantown and drive from there to Pittsburgh for friends and/or business, afterwards he'd always tell me "I waved to your parents." As he drove past the Canonsburg exit on I-79 he'd wave to my parents.

Eventually my Dad died and was buried in the Point Marion cemetery just north of the WV / PA border. I told Steve and he was interested to hear where it was so I told him, cross the border into PA, go a quarter mile or so, the road turns left and then on your right is the cemetery. It turns out that he drove that road too when he was in the Morgantown area, taking Route 119 to Uniontown or wherever, so every time I'd see him after he just returned from a Morgantown visit he'd tell me, "I waved to you Dad."

Steve was always upbeat and brought a lot of positivity to the world. It's a shame that he didn't get to enjoy a longer retirement. I hope somebody waves to him as they drive past his grave.
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Michael Stern

Posted at 07:59pm
I'm at a loss for words over your passing Stephen! As one of your friends from school, I could tell TONS of stories .. but most are not for mixed company!!! We had some awesome experiences doing some real crazy things that would today have us in jail for a long period of time!

Nothing can ever beat our trip to the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville .. and it would have been more memorable if we had not gotten so drunk we could barely stand! That was the trip where you got the nickname OPIE and anytime I think of you .. OPIE pops into my brain. I remember coming back to Fairmont and our families remarking that our skin was yellowed (from all the alcohol!) .. and I will never forget the drive through liquor/beer place in Jalico Tennessee where we kept going to pick up more PBR and after the 4th time the clerk asked if we were having a party .. ummm No .. "y'all have someone else helping you drink that stuff don't you?" .. ummm no .. GAWD DANG!!! HAHAH ...
The year we lived together on Weaver Street was one for the ages .. with Rukasan and the "One eye hoager"

I just know my life was enriched by having you in it as a friend and the world is much worse off with your passing... Rest in Peace my friend!
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UNC Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Posted at 01:04pm
Steve was a treasured member of our UNC family and will be dearly missed.
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Sarah M

Posted at 10:38am
Steve exuded love, caring, warmth and a love for life. He never failed to greet me with a smile or hug that was completely sincere. As a new faculty, I felt welcomed and cared about when Steve was around, and I know that the countless of fellows, who worked long hours and had less autonomy than the faculty, felt cared for by Steve as well. He was a very special person and we will miss him.
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