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Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home

11801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL

OBITUARY

Stephen Edward Fiduk

December 1, 1952July 23, 2020

Stephen Edward Fiduk, 67, passed away unexpectedly July 23, 2020 at his home in Fruit Cove, FL.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa Sparrow Fiduk; son, Matthew Edward Fiduk; daughter, Courtney Baker; brother, Carl Fiduk; sisters, Frances Mall and Carolyn Carswell; loving nieces and nephews, Brooke Shaw, Amanda Roth, Gene Carswell, Aaron Wilson and Blake Wilson.

A celebration of his life with family and friends will take place at the family’s home on August 8, 2020 from 4-7pm.

The family encourages donations to the Wounded Warrior Project in lieu of flowers.

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Candace Chitty

August 8, 2020

One of my fondest memories in getting to really know Steve’s passion and discipline he has for things he loves was when my friend Kim and I decided we needed to increase our activity. We thought what better way than to join Steve’s Tai Kwan Do classes. We purchased our white outfit and belt ( forgive me Steve but I can’t recall the official name of those pajamas) and headed to our first class. Mind you Kim and I were probably in our 40’s at that time. Our classmates were much younger and I mean much younger than us which was humorous to say the least. We quickly found out this martial art was a serious discipline to all in the class but Kim and I. We did try to keep up and learn but we couldn’t help but laugh and speak out throughout the class because of the moves and the loud sounds we were being asked to make at the beginning of each new movement. You know...girl’s just having fun. Our teacher in his respectful but stern way quickly set us to the floor to do push-ups, not once but several times during class for what we referred to as “acting out in class”. But each time when class was over the three of us would get together and talk about the experience and laugh. After several more sessions Steve politely suggested we might do better in some other form of exercise. Phew! Thank you Steve for recognizing our ineptness at the discipline you excelled in and giving us an out. To this day, when thinking Kim and I even had the slightest chance of earning all those colorful belts to accessorize our white pajamas, a smile comes across my face. You were a great teacher and friend. Rest In Peace.

Randy Chitty

August 7, 2020

I'm still in disbelief... What do I say? How do I say it? I struggle for the words. We take so much for granted, things like the people we care for will always be here.

I'm so glad that Steve, Bucky and I had that afternoon on the Harleys a few weeks back. Those 4-5 hours were so relaxing, soothing, yet exhilarating at the same time. My memory of Steve will always be purchasing large cans of beer through the door at a craft brewery (Covid), riding a mile or so and finding a picnic table under an oak tree on the side of US-1 in St Aug. We fired up cigars, sipped our beers, talked football, politics, wives, you name it. We were there probably an hour or more. Steve had this laid back happy content smile the whole time. I'm really going to miss him...

Nancy Hartmann

August 6, 2020

I was shocked and saddened by the news of Steve’s passing. I’m so sorry for you and your loved ones.


Stacey Killingsworth

August 2, 2020

Lisa and family,

I was shocked and saddened to hear about your husband. Please accept my deepest sympathy and please know you and your family are in all of our thoughts and prayers at Creative Services, Inc.

With much love,
Stacey Killingsworth

Thomas Eggert

July 31, 2020

To Carl and Family - please accept our condolences on the sudden passing of Stephen Edward. From some of his many Thursday HH friends in Houston:

Tom Eggert, Brian Cardner, David Gilson, Albert Navarro, John Arbough, Kailash Sivakumar, Jack Klotz, Bill Galbraith, Emily Standish, Dave Sharbak, Ed Behm

Ken Crim

July 29, 2020

I am truly in shock and so sad to hear of Steve's passing. He was an amazing helicopter pilot and Naval Officer and I was very fortunate to have him as a pilot in HS-75. Even though I was his Commanding Officer he was my teacher and through bountiful patience and hard work he led me from beginner to Black Belt. He was the pilot and Officer I could depend on for the hard missions and at sea times. He was also a friend and fun to be with at sea and ashore. Please accept my sincere sympathy and prayers. Steve, fair winds and following seas.

Judy Snider

July 26, 2020

Lisa, I am so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.🙏❤️🙏

Robert Leedy

July 25, 2020

While working in Afghanistan, Steve occasionally posted photos, I loved following his updates, and I was always fascinated by the fact that a college buddy a few years older than me was actually over there in a dangerous situation on behalf of his country. He was all so humble about the whole thing. "My Thanksgiving Dinner," he posted from a military base mess hall. One post was quite memorable: There was Steve standing next to his helicopter on the tarmac. I may be embellishing but I seem to remember a cigar hanging out of his mouth. I couldn't resist and commented, "Steve Fiduk, Action Figure. Helicopter Not Included."

Yes, Steve was one tough dude and very larger than life yet all so humble and a guy who could laugh at himself, love his family and friends, and enjoy life wherever he was.

Rest in Peace, my brother.

Jeffrey Jones

July 25, 2020

I think I met Steve 15 years ago when I bought my first pinball machine from him. He was really neat guy, he really knew his stuff. He is going to be very dearly missed. I kept in touch with him over the years because of pinballz, so sorry to hear of his passing.

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