OBITUARY

Stephen Craig Allen

February 23, 1954October 25, 2011

Stephen Craig Allen, 57, passed away October 25, 2011. Born in Portsmouth, VA, he had been a resident of Florida for the past 53 years. Steve was employed as a nurse practitioner and more recently taught as Assistant Professor at the Chamberlin College of Nursing. He leaves a loving family to cherish his memory including his mother, Nana Allen; a daughter, Stephanie Allen Bellows (James); 2 brothers, Ken and Kevin Allen (Sharon); 2 sisters, Rebecca Allen and Gina Kevern; nieces and nephews, Gabriella Devia-Allen, Logan Devia, Paige Allen, Ryan Kevern and Scott Kevern.

A memorial service in celebration of Stephen’s life will be held Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at 10:00 AM, at the Town and Country Chapel. Arrangements entrusted to: Hardage-Giddens Town and Country Funeral Home, 7242 Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville, 32205, 904-781-9262, www.townandcountryfuneralhome.com.

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Stephen Craig Allen

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October 22, 2012

I can't believe you have been gone a year. I didn't think the world would go on without you in it. I know it will never be the same place again. I miss you and love you. I will see you again someday.

Kellie Fortner

October 21, 2012

Miss you, Steve. Your friend always, Kellie.

December 23, 2011

Ken, thanks for contacting me today. I was totally shocked to hear about Steve. As I told you, he was like my adopted son and I his 2nd Mother. He came to SWD where I worked and then we worked together for many years. He always kept in touch with me thru the years, never missing one. And would often call me to keep me updated. I offer my prayers to his family and daughter. Stephany and my Grandson,Ryan, were the same age and Steve and I would ofter compare notes. Doris Elliston, Tampa, Fl.

Angel Flores Prescott

November 30, 2011

What a GREAT person. He will be missed. :(

Alan Wineman

November 20, 2011

My childhood best friend has passed on and a part of me goes with him. How fast the years have gone by, I'll miss him. Alan Wineman

Cheryl Anderson

November 14, 2011

It is hard to put into words a “goodbye” to Steve. He held a high standard. He encouraged the people who were privileged enough to be part of his life to go far and dream big. He was always the gentleman. He treasured his friends, family and awesome daughter more than anything else on earth. Steve, you taught me so much. I will never forget you. Thank you.

November 10, 2011

Thanks for all the good memories while we were at UF even jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.

Joni Barker

November 5, 2011

I am truly sorry about the loss of Steve. My deep condolences to the Allen Family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

November 5, 2011

Steve,

You have been on my mind day and night since hearing about your passing. I'm sorry I never had the chance to tell you one more time what you meant to me. I hope to see you again in eternity. Forever yours . . .

Brandon Yongue

November 4, 2011

I was heartsick to hear of Steve's passing. Although I had not seen him in several years, we had been the closest of friends from junior high school through college and beyond. We shared so much as teenagers and young men; our secrets, our aspirations, our fears and concerns, but mostly a sense that life (at least in those days) was a series of adventures, big and small. I will never forget our times together, canoeing the Withlacoochee and Suwanee Rivers, hiking on the Appalachian Trail in the Smoky Mountains, skydiving in our college days, and rafting on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon -- not to mention the hours of mundane stuff like sports, camping and the weekend-long barbeques (Viking Eatouts) in Gainesville.

Although separated by a thousand miles over the past three decades, we checked in with each other from time to time for milestone life events, and Steve was always a constant; compassionate, rock-solid, funny, intelligent and insightful. I see from the comments in this memoriam that these thoughts are shared by many.

Steve was a kind and generous soul. We are all richer for having had him as part of our lives but now a little poorer with his loss. To his family, I wish you strength and peace as you grieve and move forward. Our thoughts are with you.