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Stephen Patrick Russell

Posted By Hall-Wynne On July 4, 2009 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

Stephen Patrick Russell

Stephen Patrick Russell, 23, of Charlotte, North Carolina died in a drowning accident on Saturday, July 4, 2009 at Jordan Lake, North Carolina. Stephen was born on May 22, 1986 in Grand Falls, Newfoundland, Canada. He eventually moved from Newfoundland to Alberta, where among his other feats, he played AAA hockey. At the age of eighteen, his family moved to Charlotte, NC where he touched the life of everyone who met him in his new home.

Stephen is survived by his devoted parents, Kelly and Brady Buckley of Charlotte, NC, and his father, Brad Bishop of Grande Prairie, Alberta. He is also survived by his beloved younger brother, Brendan, age 12, of Charlotte, grandparents Anita and Boyd Bishop of Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland, a cherished Aunt Lorraine, and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins. Stephen will also be sadly missed by his big brown dog Rudy. He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Matthew, and his maternal grandparents, Madge and Don Russell of Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland.

At the time of his death, Stephen was a rising senior at NC State University where he was studying Political Science. He was interested in the law, politics and writing and although he had not yet decided what path his life would take, his intelligence, empathy and concern for others were certain to make a mark on whatever field he chose and those he would come in contact with. As goaltender for NC State’s Hockey team, Stephen loved the spirit of competition, the camaraderie of the team and the game of hockey. He was an outstanding goalie who never failed to pass along his knowledge of the position or his passion for the game to his younger brother Brendan. Blessed with wonderful friends and teammates, Stephen was a proud member of the Wolfpack. Always an athlete, he loved the outdoors, from playing Frisbee golf with teammates, to building sand castles at the beach with family and friends, to riding bikes and taking his dog Rudy for walks.

Stephen always had a quiet strength about him. Family and friends knew that they could count on him no matter what. Stephen’s strong spirit and loving nature will live on in his family’s memory and their bond will never be broken.

A Memorial will be held on Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. on the campus of NC State in the White Gardens at the Arboretum. Following the memorial, Stephen’s remains will be returned to Newfoundland for burial. A Mass will be held at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception on Saturday, July 11th at 11:00 a.m. in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland, and Canada.

Funeral arrangements made by Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Griffin Chapel, Pittsboro, NC.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made in his honor to the North Carolina State Club Hockey team. Donations can be sent to the team at: NCSU Club Hockey, 1613 Trinity Road, Raleigh, NC 27607 – “in memory of Stephen Russell.”

The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude for the outpouring of support and love during this difficult time. It is a great comfort to see and hear how many lives Stephen touched with his kindness, love of life and easy going nature.

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”

—George S. Patton, Jr.

Condolences for the family of “Stephen Patrick Russell”

Condolence from Tricia Prestia on July 6th, 2009 12:00 am

a caring and wonderful person who will be greatly missed.

Condolence from AngieRussell-Clarke on July 7th, 2009 12:00 am
Condolence from Steve & Michele Grow on July 7th, 2009 12:00 am

Gone so quickly, only the Lord knows why. We’re left to uphold Stephen’s memory and to keep him in our hearts. The impact that he had on his friends is very great and he’ll be sorely missed. His family raised a fine young man and we are all the better to have known him. May God bless you and your family Stephen.

Condolence from Ryan Whitcher on July 7th, 2009 12:00 am

Stephen was a great guy and by far the funniest person I knew. I always loved playing frisbee golf and hanging out with Stephen and Ross. He always knew how to have a good time and how to make people smile. I never saw him without a smile on his face. He touched the lives of everyone who knew him and will be tremendously missed. We love you Stephen.

Condolence from Dave Hamilton on July 8th, 2009 12:00 am

Kelly and Brad: I am sorry to hear of Stephen’s passing.

Condolence from Jack Kramer on July 9th, 2009 12:00 am

Kelly and Brad, I am so sorry to hear of Stephen’s passing. My thoughts are with you.

Condolence from Perry Woodward on July 9th, 2009 12:00 am

Kelly and Brad: I wish there was something I could say to take this sadness away from you and your families at this time. Stay strong and rest in peace Stephen.

Condolence from Stella Perennec and Family on July 9th, 2009 12:00 am

Please know we are thinking of you and wish we were they with you. We know there’s nothing more we can do than pray and send you our truly heartfelt blessings as you try to come to terms with this enormous loss.
God Bless You,

Love Stella, Nancy, Cathy, Denise and Patty and families.

Condolence from mary Costello on July 10th, 2009 12:00 am

Just heard about your son.My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family,my prayers are with you.

Condolence from Traci Griggs on July 10th, 2009 12:00 am

Dear Kelly,
You don’t know me.
I hope you won’t think this note is strange but you have been on my heart so much I felt I needed to write you a note. I have a son that is Stephen’s age. Our family was at Lake Jordan the day before your son died. My son and his two friends, all strong and athletic, swam across a cove there. One had a difficult time but made it. When I found out later, it terrified me to think how close we might have come to a tragedy. A few days later, when I heard about your son, I realized that it so easily could have been my son. I just want you to know that I wept for you and with you that day and that I’m mourning with you. I wake up each night and can’t sleep because I’m thinking of what this must be like for you. I am so sorry. Please know that I’m praying for you and will continue to pray for you in the very difficult years to come.

Another Mom

Condolence from BRIAN & BRENDA ROGERS on July 10th, 2009 12:00 am

Kelly and Brad we can’t begin to imagine the pain you are feeling, the loss is unimaginable. Stevie was strong, silent yet witty & funny. He was TRULY a good person. We have many fond memories of Stephen on ice and off ice. Sadly missed and always highly thought of our friend & goalie, Stevie Bishop.
Kelly & Brad our thoughts & prayers are with you.

Brian, Brenda, Brandon, Brieanne Rogers

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