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Steven Walter Mitchell

Posted By Hall-Wynne On October 2, 2011 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

CHAPEL HILL – Steven Walter “Steve” Mitchell passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday, October 2, 2011 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Detroit, MI on June 10, 1951, and grew up in Michigan and Ohio. He proudly served in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War and later graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Kent State University in Ohio. In 1977, he moved to North Carolina where he worked for a number of companies including ARC, Burroughs-Wellcome and Glaxo-Wellcome, before starting his own consulting business in organization development. He earned an MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Steve especially enjoyed his consulting work, as well as hobbies of analyzing the human spirit, listening to music, boating, fishing and hunting arrowheads. He will be fondly remembered for his ready smile, sense of humor and love of family and friends.

He is survived by his loving and caring wife of 36 years, Colleen; his dear sons, David of Creedmoor, NC and Jonathan of Charleston, SC; brothers, William Marsha of Hartville, OH., Thomas Terri of Denver, NC; Ronald Amy of Flushing, MI; Robert Diane of Cuyahoga Falls, OH; Michael of Wilmington, NC; Scott of Wilmington, NC; sister, Cathy Bill of Hartville, OH; grandchildren, Zachary and Nicholas, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive visitors at the family residence on Wednesday evening, October 5, 2011 from 6-9pm at 104 Deerfield Trail, Chapel Hill.

Funeral Services will be held 1:30 PM Thursday, at the Newman Center on the UNC- Chapel Hill campus. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to a charity or organization of your choice.

The Mitchell family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Online condolences www.hallwynne.com, Select Obituaries.


Condolences for the family of “Steven Walter Mitchell”

Condolence from Debbie Stallard Sheegog on October 4th, 2011 12:00 am

Although life will go on after this sad week for us all left behind, it will be a very different world without you in it, Steve. My life is blessed with yours, and we always think that we have so much more time. We can say that we never took one second of it for granted.For as we know, it is a fragile gift we are given when we come into this world, so we truly do share these beliefs:be grateful,every day; love and be loved; share;live to work and not the other way around; respect one another;never say “no” to someone who needs you or your company; always say “yes” to adventure;embrace change, for it is life personified; expect the unexpected, don’t expect the worst; send out positive energy,always;say, “I love you”, to everyone you do love,say it every time you are with them; value our heritage,history,earth,the seas & land; and Steve,if you can,help keep the sky painted Carolina blue,and preserve the bright star configurations you loved to point out, please? cont.

Condolence from Debbie Stallard Sheegog on October 4th, 2011 12:00 am

cont. from 1st entryI will think of you when I play “your” music;during every concert we go to,and cherish always the ones we shared;as I go on arrow-head hunts on the farm; on each walk along the beach, & on every sail that we take;I will savor red wine with a deeper appreciation,and toast to a life well-lived, though cut too short. Your care and love of Jonathan and Colleen will continue through me. Jim and I shared wonderful lives & times with you guys, and our own 2 sons. I would walk through fire for them all. God bless your brothers,sister,grand-sons,friends and all who know you,as they face this hard week in their lives. May they be comforted knowing that you are are around,for us all, and that your life will be continued through ours. The spirit never dies. May Angels surround you, and their wings hover above our heads as you en-circle us with safety and peace.

Condolence from Carolyn Viall Donohue on October 5th, 2011 12:00 am

Nate and I send our deepest sympathy to Jon and Colleen and the rest of the family. Speaking for Nate, he will miss Steve very much. He always enjoyed his sense of humor and he was a good-natured spirit. Nate has shared the good times of hanging out at your home with Jon and Steve. I will never forget our meeting together to plan the boys leaving for college in Wilmington a few years ago. Steve was all business and took this next adventure for the boys very seriously, but his playful nature also came through. We will miss him.
Carolyn Viall Donohue and Nate Viall

Condolence from Derrick Parsons on October 5th, 2011 12:00 am

So sorry to hear about Steve. I worked with him at BW and GW and it was always a pleasure. I have very fond memories of that time and valued his expertise in helping me with some organisational issues.

Condolence from Jim Sheegog on October 5th, 2011 12:00 am

31 years of friendship- we saw it all.
From July, 1980 until Sunday, we saw the world through a similar lens. Make a difference, watch carefully, know what you are there to do for the person in front of you.

You were the person in front of me so many days, with so many of the right questions. We taught, we learned, we saw many worlds and cultures in our time.

Go peacefully now my courageous friend. You will always be a part of my life story.

Condolence from Dia on October 5th, 2011 12:00 am

Steve was a good friend and an inspiration. I am so very sorry to learn of his passing.

Condolence from Dia on October 5th, 2011 12:00 am

Steve was a good friend and an inspiration. I am so very sorry to learn of his passing.

Condolence from Nancy Goodman on October 5th, 2011 12:00 am

Dear Colleen and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Steve was such a kind hearted person, yet so honest and objective. I learned so much from him. He liked to tell stories to get his point across and I have so many memories of him talking about his life and his family. He shared his knowledge, and expertise, but also a piece of himself with everyone. He was a mentor and friend and I miss him dearly. We would always joke that I was his VP of Sales since I was always trying to hire him in whatever organization I worked. Sincere condolences, Nancy Goodman

Condolence from Catherine kacprzycki on October 5th, 2011 12:00 am

Steve was a great person. We worked together over the past 10 years and I was fortunate to get to know him better since 2006. I am very saddened by his sudden loss of life. He went too soon as he had so much to offer everyone he knew. I’m
blessed to have him in my lifte for the short time I did. I offer my sincerest sympathy to
his family in their hour of need. He was and will always be one of the greatest men, I have ever known. Thank you for sharing him with the rest of us. All of you will be in my prayers.

Condolence from Catherine kacprzycki on October 5th, 2011 12:00 am

Steve was a great person. We worked together over the past 10 years and I was fortunate to get to know him better since 2006. I am very saddened by his sudden loss of life. He went too soon as he had so much to offer everyone he knew. I’m
blessed to have him in my lifte for the short time I did. I offer my sincerest sympathy to
his family in their hour of need. He was and will always be one of the greatest men, I have ever known. Thank you for sharing him with the rest of us. All of you will be in my prayers.

Condolence from Mary Beth Weigert on October 5th, 2011 12:00 am

Dear Colleen…

I am sending my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I worked with Steve over the course of several years when I was at GSK and kept in touch with him over the years after I left.

I always learned something when I spoke with Steve, even if just during a call to catch up. Steve had an uncanny ability to assess a situation, provide ‘spot-on’ analysis and give feedback in a most professional way.

I hope that in the coming days, fond memories of Steve will comfort you and your family.

Kind regards,

Mary Beth Weigert

Condolence from Laura Shadburn on October 6th, 2011 12:00 am

Dear Colleen and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Steve was such an uplifting and inspiring person. I worked with Steve in the BW/GW days and learned so much from him as many others did as well. He always encouraged people to do their best and think about things openingly and honestly. I am so saddened to hear of his loss of life that went too soon. My sincere condolences to you and all the family. May your hearts and souls find comfort during this difficult time.

Condolence from Marilyn Hartman on October 6th, 2011 12:00 am

To the Mitchell Family,
I was shocked to learn of Steve’s death. Please accept my sympathy at this time. He was so helpful to us at Duke when we started the executive training program: great team player, energetic instructor, supportive friend. And really funny. I am thinking now of when he went to Lansing on our behalf to do some training. The hotel didn’t have a room for him, in spite of the reservation he’d made in advance. It was nearly midnight, so Steve just set himself up in the lobby and prepared to sleep there.
After he comfortably settled into a lobby sofa,the management somehow found a guest room for him. I bet you can just imagine that whole scene. What a wonderful person he was.

Condolence from P Wright on October 7th, 2011 12:00 am

My deep condolences goes out to the Mitchell family the scripture at Rev 21:4 always helps to cheer me up and there it says that he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more.

Condolence from Lise J Tomczyk on October 14th, 2011 12:00 am

I’m so sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Cathy on October 15th, 2011 12:00 am

If I’m feeling sad and low, if I’m struggling with what to do. I can go and open my lil safe and watch the moment thru. There are moments I can think of, that would lift my spirits high, the moments when you picked me up when the road was hard to climb. I have always looked up to you with ultimate respect, that will never die. I love you sweet brother, a true best friend of mine. Until we meet again sweet one, I hope you have the key, alot of things in that safe will certainly set us free! I love you Steve…..always and forever….your lil sis

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