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Stephen L Heddinger
Stephen L Heddinger


Stephen Louis Heddinger


Stephen L. Heddinger was born in Hawaii on August 22, 1961 to James Thomas Heddinger and Sarah Louis Heddinger. He is the brother of Suzanne "Suzie" Catrambone and Scott J. Heddinger. Stephen is predeceased by his father, James T. Heddinger; sister, Sally Heddinger; and his stepfather, Harold "Hal" Currie.

Stephen was raised in Westbrook Park/Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania, where he was very active at Holy Cross Catholic Church, in the community and school activities. In 1976, at the age of 15, Stephen was diagnosed with bone cancer in his left leg. His single mother, Sarah, traveled back-and-forth to Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York City for treatments and surgeries to attempt to save his life. Stephen's five-year battle ultimately ended in 1981 with the amputation of his leg. But this impediment did not stop Stephen's determination to enjoy life.

In 1982, Stephen moved with his mother, Sarah, brother Scott and new stepfather, Hal, to Myrtle Beach South Carolina. Stephen was a very friendly and gentle person who made many lifelong friendships throughout his life in the beach area. For years, he selflessly served as a summer camp counselor and mentor for children at “Camp Happy Days,” a camp for young patients suffering from cancer. His passionate love of music, entertainment, and the joy of a good conversation were some of his greatest past times. He loved working at Salon Edge for more than 30 years, where he made an abundance of great memories and long-lasting friendships.

In July, 2016, Stephen was stricken with a very aggressive cancer of the mouth. Once again, Stephen's family and friends rallied around him to love, care for and comfort him. After nine months of courage and unrelenting pain, on Tuesday morning, May 2, 2017, Stephen passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 55.

Stephen is survived by his devoted mother, Sarah Currie; his sister Suzie, and her husband, Nicholas Catrambone; his brother, Scott, and his wife, Regina Heddinger; his Nieces: Sally Ferriera (husband Rayan & children Nicholas and Lia); Sabrina Orlando (husband Matt & children Simone and Lydia); niece and loyal caregiver, Caroline E. Heddinger; and niece Lucy N. Heddinger;  his nephew and Godson, James E. Heddinger; and nephew Christopher Catrambone (wife Rachel & daughter Ramona).  Lastly, Stephen is survived by his long-time friend and loving caretaker, John Fayle; and many special family members and true friends who kept Stephen smiling, singing and faithful until his final days.

Thank You!


Our family would like to extend sincere thanks and gratitude to the doctors and nurses who fought so hard for Stephen.  In addition, our hearts go out to everyone who expressed their love during his illness and their sympathy after the loss of

our beloved Stephen.  


Donations may be made in Stephen’s memory to:

Camp Happy Days,

1622 Ashley Hall Road, Charleston, SC  29407



Stephen had a beautiful soul, lived a beautiful life,

and leaves us with a beautiful legacy of love.  

The beat goes on…




                                       Sarah, Suzie, Scott, John & Family



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Timothy Gylet Lewis
Myrtle Beach

Rest well dear Stephen. Thank you for sharing your love with so many. I am honored to have been but one.
So We'll Go No More a Roving
By Lord Byron (George Gordon)
So, we'll go no more a roving
So late into the night,
Though the heart be still as loving,
And the moon be still as bright.
For the sword outwears its sheath,
And the soul wears out the breast,
And the heart must pause to breathe,
And love itself have rest.
Though the night was made for loving,
And the day returns too soon,
Yet we'll go no more a roving
By the light of the moon.

Carolyn Foland
Wilmington nc

Stephen has been a gift to my life for so very long. His love, light and spirit are staying with me and forever this world is a better place because of Stephens beautiful soul. The beat goes on...

Lisa Pitts
Woolwich Townsip, NJ

Stephen was a friendly, loving person. Thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Darvin Grover
Myrtle Beach

I am so glad that I got a chance to have had Stephen as my friend for 17 years. He is truly missed now and forever. I will never forget the fun times.

Nina Heddinger Gruetzmacher
Nashua, New Hampshire

I haven't had the pleasure of seeing Stephen since he was a young boy, and when he was first given the life threatening diagnosis that I hear he fought through thick and thin. It sounds like he grew up to be a responsible, loving and compassionate man that is so loved by many and overcame the odds. Stephen's legacy will live on in the hearts of his family and so many friends. God Bless you all as you celebrate his life.
Aunt Nina

John S Pruett
Myrtle Beach, SC

Stephen was always so kind and helpful at the salon and a joy to talk to. I admire the work he did with Camp Happy Days and never knew his amputation was due to cancer himself. He spoke so sincerely about his love for Jesus. He was definitely a gift to the rest of us :)

Deborah Watson
Myrtle Beach

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and wise advice over the years. Always encouraging, loving and full of wit. Though I will miss you greatly, your home now...in peace.

Michelle Zidek
Edgewater, MD

Stepen was a bright light to all who knew him. I hope I can take a page out of his boook on living life. He truely fought a battle with grace and love.

Gary Finkenbiner
Myrtle Beach

I will miss this man. I have lost a true friend, someone I will cherish and never forget. I still want to hug you and tell you it\'s alright. I will always remember, and hope others do to, the party man you were, the bright light in the room, the good times we had. Life in MB has now changed. With Love.

Lana Baldwin
Myrtle beach

\"we grieve as hard as we love.\" Stephen was loved by so so many and was such a fighter. He will be missed.

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