Stephen Philip Claiborne Fuchs



June 26, 1974 – June 21, 2020

   Stephen Philip Claiborne Fuchs died unexpectedly of a heart attack on Sunday, June 21, 2020, at home in Wilmington, N.C. He grew up in Durham, N.C.; Baltimore, Md., and Seal Harbor. Born June 26, 1974, in Durham, N.C., he was the son of James C.A. and Emily Dabney (Nuttle) Fuchs. Stephen was married to Amanda Russell Jette Fulk on June 30, 2012.

While living in Durham, Steve attended Durham Academy, enjoyed Cub Scouts and sang in the choir at the Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, and at the National Cathedral. In 1984, the Fuchs family moved to Baltimore. Stephen attended The Gilman School, where he became absorbed with history and drama. He participated both in a school trip to France and hosting an exchange student from Nancy. A member of the Church of the Redeemer, he played leading roles in the Youth Theater Group. When entering the 10th grade, Steve transferred to St. George’s School in Middletown, R.I., where he was a varsity swimmer and technical director, master carpenter and set/lighting designer for two years in the Drama Club. He was a member of the chapel choir, which toured Germany to perform in churches and monasteries along the Rhine. During the summers of 1989 and 1990, he was thrilled to work at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and in 1991 he sailed to Bermuda on the St. George’s cutter Geronimo, to tag sharks and sea turtles for the U.S. government.

In 1996, Steve earned a B.A. degree at Washington College, Chestertown, Md., with a double major (drama/psych). He achieved Psychology Department honors and membership in the Psi Chi National Honor Society. During college summers he was stage manager for the Gilbert and Sullivan Young Vic Theater in Baltimore.

With three classmates, Steve founded Netstar System and Design Innovations LLC in Chestertown for online advertising. Several years later and newly renamed Intelligent Web Management, the company was based in Bowie, Md. Steve moved to Jacksonville in 2003, where he was a Realtor with Coldwell Banker for several years.

Stephen and his parents spent summers in Seal Harbor. He volunteered at the Abbe Museum in Sieur de Monts, educating the public about Wabanaki Indian Culture. Among his summer friends was Amanda Fulk, whom he married in 2012 at St. Jude’s Church. He loved living near the water, canoeing with Amanda on ponds, “Whaler” trips to Southwest Harbor and sailing around the islands. In Wilmington, N.C., where Steve and Amanda settled, he relished participation in the NC Holiday Flotilla, performances at Thalian Hall and the Opera House Theatre Co.

Everyone who met Steve will remember his comedic sense of humor, penchant for mimicry and contagious laugh. He was project-oriented and always helping others, people and animals. He never met a cat he didn’t love and at one time, found himself protecting his cats from alligators in a neighborhood pond.

Steve is survived by his wife, Amanda, and her brother Robert as well as their parents, RV and Judy Fulk. He is also survived by his parents, Jim and Emily Fuchs, his aunt Margaret Nuttle Melcher Castellani, three very close cousins: Philip E. Nuttle III of West Palm Beach, Douglas Penick of Dallas and Sue Stepp of Jacksonville, Fla., and by his godfather, Peter Beatty of Portland, Ore. Stephen was predeceased by his uncle Philip E. Nuttle Jr., his aunts Ann Olds and Alyse Miller, maternal grandparents Margaret and Philip E. Nuttle of Easton, Md., and Jupiter Island, Fla., and his paternal grandparents Jean and Joseph Fuchs of Aiken, S.C.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Donations may be made in his memory to: Parish of St. Mary and St. Jude, P.O. Box 105, Northeast Harbor, ME 04622; St. George’s School, 372 Purgatory Road, Middletown, RI 02842; Washington College, 300 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620; Opera House Theatre Company, 2011 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC 28401 or Operation Top Cat, P.O. Box 922, Snead’s Ferry, NC 28460.

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