OBITUARY

Stephen W. Ripley

June 4, 1947December 27, 2020

Stephen W. Ripley, 73, of Rockledge, passed away on December 27, 2020, at his home in Florida. Stephen was born on June 4, 1947 in Elmira, New York, and came to Brevard County in 1982 from Bowie, Maryland. During his life, he was the president of Space Coast Hospital Services, Inc. He was also a veteran, having served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

He was an active member of the community and a member of groups such as the Cocoa Rotary, International Association for Healthcare Textile Management (IAHTM), and also served as the past president of Keep Brevard Beautiful. To recognize his many accomplishments, the IAHTM awarded him the Lifetime Achievement Award. He was an amazing and distinguished man.

Stephen is preceded in death by his father, Willard Ripley; mother, Grace Pike; step-father, George Pike; and brother, John Ripley.

He is survived by his spouse, Jacquelyn Ripley; his two daughters, Jennifer (Timothy) Rogers and Marianne (Derek) McManus; his son, Stephen Ripley; brother, Lee (Ellie) Ripley; sister, Lynn (Duane) Ripley Klinko; and his five grandchildren, Connor, Elise, Kieran, Kerrigan, and Ripley.

The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Hospice of Health First, with special appreciation for the extraordinary care and attention given to Stephen by Kelley and Michelle.

A mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 10:00 am. The family welcomes all to an outdoor reception directly following the funeral mass at Florida Memorial Gardens from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Due to COVID, we ask that you maintain social distancing guidelines when interacting with those outside your direct social group. We also ask that guests please wear a mask when not eating or remaining stationary.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National MS Society 2701 Maitland Center Blvd., Suite 100, Maitland, FL 32751 or St. Mary Catholic School, 1152 Seminole Drive, Rockledge, Florida 32955 in memory of Stephen W. Ripley.

Services

  • Memorial Mass

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

  • Reception

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

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Mary Ellen Baldwin

January 16, 2021

My thoughts and prayers and love are with the Ripley family at this time. I will always remember Steve's smile and sense of humor. He was a well respected man in his community and a shining example to us all.

Hal Burke

January 14, 2021

Jackie,
Joan and I send our deepest regrets on Steve’ passing. Unfortunately, we did not get to know him as well as we would have liked, but the few times we did get together I enjoyed exchanging stories oh our past lives in PG county and Bowie.

Sandra Hanley

January 10, 2021

So sorry for your loss.

Sandra Greenwald

January 2, 2021

Thanks for all the great memories at the ball park when our kids were little! My thoughts are with Jackie and the family.

Mary Jo Hatch

January 2, 2021

Jackie and family
Dick and I want to express our deepest sympathy’s to you and your family. Steve will be missed. Our prayers are with you

Michael Conroy

January 1, 2021

Jackie and Family - I am so sorry for your loss. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Anne Marie Wolfe

January 1, 2021

Anne Marie and Jerry Wolfe
Thirty five years ago we had the privilege of meeting Steve and Jackie Ripley. Mrs. Ripley was our daughter’s first grade teacher. We became fast friends when we discovered that we also lived on the same street. Steve and Jackie became our local family.
Over the years we went to our children’s, basket ball, baseball, softball games and were their cheering parents in the bleachers.
Steve has always been there for his wife, kids and friends. He attended all the events, tournaments, Science Fairs, school plays, recitals, all the Sacraments. He was always eager to volunteer to assist with the St. Mary’s Fair, bingo and golf events.
In spite of his illness, he volunteered regularly at St. Mary’s Helping Hands. Steve was much loved and respected by all the other volunteers.
We had so much fun throughout the years. After the kids grew up and moved away we enjoyed movie, and dinner nights together with Cindy and Doug Whalin.
Our most memorable time was our cruises together. Especially, the amazing Alaskan one. In the Caribbean and Mexico we left our imprints at Senior Frog's and Margarita-ville.
Steve and Jackie will always be our Florida family. We have been to all the kids' life celebrations together. Steve, you will be greatly missed at our dinners, movie nights, and holiday celebrations and most of all for your friendship, tenacity, humor and unselfish, generous sharing of your time and talents. A life well spent … What a special man and wonderful friend.

Michael Hughes

January 1, 2021

Jackie so sorry for your loss.Prayers are with you and your family.

Jim Lewis

January 1, 2021

Met Stephen a few times at our 67 Reunions...Great sense of Humor and a great match for you Jackie...So Very Sorry for your loss...God Speed and Prayers to your entire Family...Rest in Peace Steve!

Wesley Wolfe

December 31, 2020

I’ll always remember Mr. Ripley as a man of faith and wisdom. Over 30 years ago he taught me my favorite prayer. It’s short, sweet, and always spreads a little joy.

“Rub a dub dub, thanks for the grub.”

This is still my goto offering of thanks at any dining experience. I will always be grateful for all the smiles and laughter Mr. Ripley shared with me and my family.

FROM THE FAMILY