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Lee Funeral Home

11840 Highway 90, Little River, SC

OBITUARY

Nicholas H. Stevens

January 8, 1947June 8, 2019
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Little River, SC

Nicholas (Nick) H. Stevens, 72, of Little River, South Carolina, formerly of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 surrounded by family.

Nick was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, a son of the late Donald and Anna Stevens.

He received a Bachelor’s degree at Rider University and a Master’s degree at The College of New Jersey. Nick taught 6th grade in Lawrenceville, NJ at Lawrence Intermediate School for 37 years. He loved teaching and inspired his students to want to learn. Always thinking outside of the box; he built an appreciation for different kinds of music, taught them how to develop film in a makeshift darkroom, had them create specialty candles and books filled with their original poetry. There was always something exciting going on in his classroom.

Nick retired from teaching in 2006 and later moved to South Carolina to enjoy his passion for golf hoping for his 3rd “hole in one.”

He was predeceased by his daughter, Leigh Stevens. Survived by his wife of 45 years, JoAnn Stevens, sister Gail and her husband Tim Fohlbrook, daughter Christine and her husband Todd Tyner, daughter Kathleen Stevens and her fiancé, Michael Evans, grandchildren, Leanne Edson, Joseph Stevens, Danielle Edson and her husband Eric Jones.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.leefhandcrematory.com.

Celebrations of Life will be held: • Locally at Officer’s Club, 9200, 714 US-17, Little River, SC 29566 Saturday June 15th, 2019 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm. • In New Jersey, at Mountain View Golf Club, Ewing, NJ on July 21, 2019 from 2-5 PM. Please come and help us celebrate Nick's life.

Memorial donations may be made to: The Rotary Club of Little River, c/o Nick Stevens Memorial Fund, PO Box 2065, Little River, SC 29566.

St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital - www.stjude.org.

Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.

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Tony Hewlett

June 19, 2019

Strong willed is what defined him til he resigned his obligation to the world. I had the greatest honor in not only knowing him, but being welcomed in his house and beyond treated as, accepted as family. His resilience to any adversity that faced him especially regarding his health is a testament to his strong will. I'm sure there's plenty of ambrosia for his delight where he now resides.

My sincerest empathy for my Stevens family. Let his strong will encourage you in your endeavors and fret not because he is in a place of contentment and still being ornery at the same time. GMa Stevens you are on my mind. Know that I'm thinking of you and appreciate you. Love to you all.

Cindy Groman

June 19, 2019

Nicholas and JoAnn have been two people who I've known through Wegmans for 20 years. It is with great sadness that I write this note. I know Nicholas has had many many health issues over the years. But I remember him as the guy who loved food, golf, and his family....not necessarily in that order! He was most comfortable in SC and I would keep track of how he was doing through his daughter Kathy. Rest well Nicholas, much love to you Joann.

Julia Healey

June 17, 2019

Nick and Jo Ann have always been a part of every major event in my life. On my wedding day when I was ready to walk down the aisle, I could feel my tears building in my eyes. I linked arms with my Dad and began my walk. Waiting for me at the top of the stairs was "Big Nick" with a smile for the little girl he knew for a very long time, I couldn't hold my tears anymore.

D. G. Schumacher

June 15, 2019

The New York Times Book Review and other sections of my Sunday NY Times were also read by Nick and JoAnn. Nick often commented on my highlights or markings. He particularly liked the Book Review. He read a current best seller, "Where the Crawdads Sing", weeks before I got around to a copy I bought. Nick typically read books on an electronic device. I like the printed book in hand. His former students remembered him reading "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" to his sixth grade classes. That's a wonderful memory of middle school. Nick would likely read a new book out this week by country singer Tim McGraw and historian Jon Meacham: "Songs of America".

angela accardi

June 14, 2019

You are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time in your life. Wishing you peace.
Angela

Larry & Sandy Nickol

June 14, 2019

JoAnn...so sorry...can't forget all the talks about the Flyers & the times you used our seats - you guys were such avid fans - and all the social occasions we saw each other....Nick was an exceptional educator as were you...
Larry & Sandy Nickol

Rocco Maruca

June 13, 2019

JoAnn, I cannot begin to tell you how very, very sorry I was to hear of Nick’s passing. Many fond memories, both on and off the golf course. Please know that he, you, and your wonderful family are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless. Rocky

Renee Farrar

June 12, 2019

So many memories! I have known you my entire life. I grew up with Kathy and Chris playing in your house during BBQs, holidays, and random days. Our families spent so many wonderful summer weeks together in Beach Haven. You will be missed by all. Love to the entire Steven's family. XOXO

Robert Pluta

June 12, 2019

Dear Stevens Family,
I am deeply sorry for your loss. Take comfort in knowing that Nick had a profound impact on all those he taught. I've been thinking of memories from sixth grade...I remember Mr. Stevens reading us Jonathan Livingston Seagull and then writing Haiku poems about the story. Also he read to us The Little Prince. We learned about the Netsilik people living in the Arctic. We learned about salmon swimming upstream to spawn. We made decorative Christmas candles. Truly the mark of a great teacher when a student can remember 34 years later his lessons. Even in his latter years, he was very supportive of me and my restaurant in town, always celebrating every occasion at my place. Thank you, Mr. Stevens, and may God grant you eternal rest. May God comfort your family.

Diane (Leather) McGuffin

June 12, 2019

I was in Mr. Stevens class in 1985. What a memorable year! It was a year that many of our class recently reminisced about when someone posted the class photo we had developed in class online. So many years have passed since our time in school and it is sometimes hard to remember the details of years gone by. But everyone remembered the activities we did that year, the haikus, the candles, MACOS, the solar system projects, the class photos, the songs, and Jonathan Livingston Seagull. So many fond memories. I think that year made such an impact on us because it tapped into our creativity and engaged us in learning in a way that was different than other years. I am sorry for your loss, and I hope that the memories shared bring you comfort at this sad time.

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