OBITUARY

Stephen Jeffrey Courdin

March 3, 1966March 26, 2019
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Stephen Jeffrey Courdin, age 53, passed away at home, surrounded by his family and friends Tuesday Morning, March 26, 2019. Steph is survived by his wife, Stacey Rainey Courdin, his 3 children, Cubrina (Nicolas) Friedman, Ashlynn Courdin and Jeremy Reed Courdin; also his father Peter (Karen) Courdin, grandmother Gertrude “Nan” Hannan, brother-in-law David McCartney and nephew Ryan McCartney. Steph is proceeded in death by his Mother Margaret Courdin and Sister Sandra McCartney.

He touched so many lives and will be so profoundly missed.

Born in Ottawa, Canada to Peter and Margaret Courdin and his 2 1/2 year old sister Sandra. Sandra and Stephen were lovingly spoiled by their 3 grandparents, and had a fun childhood with their friends and large extended family. As a kid he played hockey, baseball, and soccer. The family spent time at the lake cottage in the Gatineau Hills with his cousins and enjoyed waterskiing, rafting and fishing.

As a teenager, he was a DJ at the local figure skating club, had a passion for cannoning, where he competed in padding single, double and 8 man war canoe provincial competitions, and won several medals. In high school Stephen did 2 internships sophomore summer at Stats Canada, and then his senior year doing economic stats for employment and immigration Canada. After college he started his career with a Business Information software company, which landed him here in Denver via a short stay for 3 years in Silicon Valley. He said he was living the American Dream, a canuck leaves the great white north, and marries a California girl, Sounds like a movie Eh!

Steph was a loving father and husband he enjoyed taking the family on vacations whether it was to Disneyland or just a day trip out of state. Steph shared many passions with his children from epic snowboarding adventures, to camping horseback explorations though Wyoming.

Stephen’s true passion was photography. He took a job in Ottawa and worked with one of the top wedding photographers. Steph continued photographing when he moved to the United States. He opened a studio in Denver and focused on every thing from modeling casting shoots to on locations weddings. Steph also volunteered his photography time at Westernaires. Steph enjoyed being down in the arena taking pictures of the drill teams at speed, as well as doing the team photos.

After Steph was diagnosed with ALS he spent the rest of his free time looking for a solution. Steph founded the ALS Never Surrender Foundation, invented and built iNVOLVE & eNGAGE patient progression tracking app. The app tracks over 80 points of data, in hopes to find a correlation, cause and ultimately a cure.

Unfortunately Steph will not be with us to celebrate the launch of the app in clinical trials, in Steph’s words, “we might not be able to save him, but we might be able to save the world”. https://alsneversurrender.org/donate/

100% of the proceeds will be used to launch the first clinical trial

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Sunday, March 31, 2019

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Kevin Jones

April 25, 2019

I was fortunate enough to have a few best friends growing up in Borden Farm and Steve (that is how I knew him) was among the best of them. We met in the 4th grade at Century Public School. Played Nepean Hotspur soccer together, he introduced me to the Rideau Canoe Club where he raced 1,2 and 4 man Kayaks and the 15 man War Canoe on a provincial level. I spent many summer weekends at the cottage near Wakefield Quebec and we got into a considerable amount of low grade trouble together. He was fun and different and always looking for something more. Steve always wanted to be a cowboy, he named his chocolate Labrador Retriever "Shane" after a 1953 western starring Alan Ladd...seriously a movie from 1953, that was Steve...there was not another kid in Ottawa that had ever heard of the movie and he named his dog after it. He was always looking to escape and he did...we lost touch but I would look him up once in a while and see pictures of him on a horse in the mountains...or on a boat in San Diego and I would be be both jealous and really really happy for him, he lived his dream and I am sure he loved every minute of it. Just a great friend that I will never forget. My heart goes out to his family and Mr. Courdin.

Cheryl Bowden

April 9, 2019

I just learned of Steph's passing thru Pete McGuire- where the 3 of us worked together at Cognos.

Steph was my technical right hand for several years and we never had a dull day. We often travelled for work, and I can see that big smile, sparkling eyes and hear his Canadian accent and his wonderful laugh. He introduced me to Stacey and the kids- he absolutely adored is family. He was a true honest friend, intelligent and dedicated worker. I know he has a place in heaven- and there is a new shining star in the sky for us all to see.

To his family, I am so sorry for your loss - but he is with you every day- just a breath away. Though some times strength and courage can be lonely friends, those who reap walk in stardust.

My heart goes out to all of you- Steph is at peace.

Kevin Slanicky

April 1, 2019

I met Steph in 2000... Shortly around the time my company was bought by ciber. Steph's company was too. Not long after, Ciber had folded our companies... And I was about to be an unemployed software developer. Luckily, I was working for Steph's former business partner Brad Smith. .. and so I asked Steph what I should do... Should I keep working with Brad doing this cognos thing? Or should I go find another job as a web developer. Steph guided me toward his fellow Canadian colleague...and toward the much better job opportunity. I've now been almost 20 years in this space... And it was easily the best decision of my work life.

I vowed for years I owed Steph a beer (or more) for his advice...and I would be devastated if I didn't bring him that beer in 2018 when my whole family visited Steph in Colorado.

Thank you for your direction Steph. You seriously made my life what it is for me. I'll never forget your wisdom
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Lawrence Ujhely

April 1, 2019

In our joint efforts to fight ALS, Steph joined me, along with our sons, to kick off my fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease tour.
April 9, 2017, was the first stadium of the 30 around the country and Canada that I visited, raising awareness and funds to fight this disease.
You'll be missed my friend.

Francesca Bush-Johnson

April 1, 2019

When I was nine, I met Cubrina as we became teammates in Westernaires. We bonded over being the youngest people on the team, and that friendship being sparked is what led me to meeting Steph and the rest of the Courdin family. There are not many families that exude the warmth, kindness and support the way the Courdin’s do. That was so apparent in the first few times being around them. Steph was the embodiment of courage, passion and innovation, which never faltered through his ALS diagnosis - on the contrary it shined through it.

When I moved to San Diego a few years ago, Steph was always a constant support – reminding me so much of the love I had at home, and always with a recommendation of some incredible food to be found!

While it is heartbreaking to witness the loss of someone of Steph’s magnitude, it is incredible to see the lives that he has touched. Each one of us are better for having known him at all.

Sending all my love to Steph’s family and friends.

Julia Blackford

April 1, 2019

Where to start - Our friendship started when we moved into our first house on South Beech Street. Steph came over to welcome us (and our puppy Churchill) with his trademark smile and enthusiasm for life. He became not just a next door neighbor but a friend. Steph loved to talk politics (agreeing/disagreeing) and could always be counted on to comment on a FB post or picture. I love that he took all of our family pictures but the most special are the ones he took when he moved back from San Diego. In a wheelchair with his new "contraption" for taking pictures Steph captured not only a family picture but ingrained a memory into our boys to never give up despite adversities - it really made an impact. But most importantly Steph never gave up, fought hard for what he believed in and did it with a smile. Thank you Steph for the friendship, your life lessons (that didn't even know you were teaching), and your enthusiasm for life. Your work will continue on. I know you will be watching over all of us - encouraging from above. Until we meet again..... p.s. Give Churchill a kiss for us.

Julia Blackford

April 1, 2019

Where to start - it would be when we moved into our first house on South Beech Street. Steph came over with his trademark smile to welcome us ( our puppy Churchill especially) and the long friendship took off. Steph was always a positive spirit- whose enthusiasm for life was contagious. He loved to talk politics and daily events (agreeing/disagreeing) and always had a comment to a picture or post on FB. :) I love that he took all of our family pictures that we have framed in the house but the most special are the last pictures he took when he returned from San Diego in his wheelchair with his new "contraption" for shooting photos. Through all the years and most importantly he showed me and everyone around him to never give up, fight for what you believe in and make a difference in the world everyday. I know you are there in spirit watching over all of us daily - encouraging us and supporting us. You will always be the light in the darkness. Thank you for the friendship. You will be missed but never forgotten. Give Churchill a kiss for us. Until we meet again... The Blackford's

Kelly Kissell

March 31, 2019

Thank you for so many things, Steph. For the kids' beautiful senior portraits; for so many amazing Westernaire photos; for jumping out of your car at a red light one Saturday Westernaire morning to slam the tack room door shut on our moving horse trailer as the girls and I obliviously drove away from Bibber Creek Stables....LOL. Thank you for inspiring me to be grateful that I'm able to do things I don't especially want to do. Your smile, talents, courage, honesty, selflessness, and humor touched so many people. I would say Rest in Peace, but if you have your way I doubt that will last very long before you are passionately working on something somewhere.

Love, prayers, and peace to all of Steph's family and friends.

Jenna Spendlove

March 31, 2019

About two years ago, through Julia Blackford, Steph and his beautiful family came into my life. It was an exciting venture learning about the ALS App, making strides in getting the information out, and being part of a project that was so much larger than life. Of course, it was really Steph who was so incredible, amazing, talented, witty, and the inspiration behind it all. Being associated with his project was hands-down one of the most rewarding, fulfilling, and meaningful experiences of my life. Working on this project and being around Steph, being around his family and friends was a true blessing. Their strength, courage, humor and compassion are so inspiring. Oh how I will miss Steph.

"However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up." -Stephen Hawking

Rene Potter

March 31, 2019

My heartfelt condolences to the Courdin family. Steph was such a vibrant and inspiring person. It was always fun seeing him at Crown Hill in earlier days, bringing lunch to Stacey or just dropping by with his ever present sense of humor and contagious smile. I truly feel his Bravery, Spirit, Compassion and Determination made him a Legendary Warrior during his ALS journey. Thank you Steph for making a difference, for sharing your journey and for reminding us~ that every day is truly a blessing...

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