Stephen Lawrence Buchanan
May 29, 1951 – Dec. 17, 2019
Stephen Lawrence Buchanan, 68, of Richmond, passed away on December 17.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Frances Buchanan, and his twin brother, John. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Linda Duffield Buchanan; daughter, Julie Buchanan, and her husband, Steven Traverso; granddaughter, Elena Traverso; sister, Linda Freeman, and her husband, Blake.
In life, Stephen was a kind soul and a friend to all animals. His beloved dog, Chewy, was always by his side. He was a 1970 graduate of Hermitage High School and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He loved music.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
To memorialize Stephen, please consider a financial contribution to Toys For Tots, an organization he intended to support this Christmas.
We are sorry for your loss, as we are heartbroken for your family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers, please let us know how we can be there for anything you might need.
I’m so very sorry for your loss. I pray that God will watch over you and guide you through this very difficult time. Love, cousin, Lorna Cabot
Stephen is my first cousin. I am very sad about his death. He and his late twin Johnny were a source of pride and amusement in the Saunders family when we were all growing up.
I have loved the Buchanan family my entire life as Linda and I have been friends since first grade. I am so very sorry to hear of Stephen’s death.
Linda, I am so very sorry for the loss of your dear brother. I know this is a difficult time for you and your family. Should there be anything, large or small, that I could do for you please do not hesitate to ask.
Linda, We are so sorry to hear of your brother’s passing. You and your family will be in our prayers. May God comfort you during this time.
Linda, I am so sorry to hear about this. I really miss you both and Steve was so good to me. My prayers are with you.
Linda, I pray for God’s comfort for you and your family during this time of sadness and loss of Stephen. Thankful for his service to our country and love of animals. Hope you will cherish many happy memories. Much love.
Steve was one of my best friends growing up I played music with he and brother Johnny for years. We hung out and saw lots of bands, The Allman Brothers, Bloodrock – at the Arena – and Bruce Springsteen’s Steel Mill lots of times, long before he had a record deal… the 7th floor Marshall Street Parking Deck Concert was the BEST time ever! We played at the Teen Club (Led Zeppelin, Crosby, Stills and Nash, etc. with Rick and Bob) when we were 19. Ha! Once, I got between the two of them when they were having an fight and I got the worst of it… Johnny, mad as a hornet, threw a huge branch at Steve… and I was in the way! We ate late night to go food from my sister Pam’s chicken place where she worked and we watched late night scary movies movies on the Witch Hazel show at their house, with the twins throwing footballs in the air to attract bats in the area on the way home… running like crazy once we heard the squeals… I’ve thought about my friend for years and am so sorry for his family’s loss. What a memory Steve had! He’doften tell me details about MY own life from elementary school days that I’ve forgotten… I often thought such a memory should have been put to use by the FBI! Our poor dad couldn’t tell those 2 boys apart and it drove him crazy… me? They were completely different people in my eyes. I’ll miss you, friend.
In absolute agreement with my brother Greg Voth, to have grown up with the twins Johnny and Steve was a privilege to say the least. Never a loss for entertainment value and musical appreciation to say the least, their presence in our lives filled us with many memories growing up which we will never forget- Steve especially though they were both unique individuals and very much a part of our youth. Their whole family including their sweet mom and dad, and sister linda will forever be remembered in our “old Boxwood Court” days. I will not forget sitting in our kitchen and listening to the sweet harmonies of the beetles and beachboy tunes they sang so well – they nurtured the love of music for my brother greg who played guitar in a band with the twins for awhile and has continued to nurture a love of music ever since. They always seemed to “be there when you needed them” and were deeply dedicated friends to all of us- my sister Jo, brother Greg and myself throughout our teens and in years past. Our special memories will remain with us forever as I’m sure they will with with anyone who knew Steve- he was a great friend and kind person in this world and will be missed.
Steve and John were my very best friends growing up. Their Mom was my second mother. I have so many wonderful memories; Elementary School, Boy Scouts (I think that’s where you got hit by the branch Greg, I learned early on not to get between them when they were fighting…), Camping out in our backyards, High School where we started a band playing Beach music, so many memories.
Even after I was married and had kids, Steve and John visited from time to time when the kids were young. My kids enjoyed their visits since those two didn’t ever stop playing.
Linda and Julie I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you and your family’s are in Suzanne and my prayers.
Linda (Steve and John’s big sister), I know you likey remember me as the bratty kid from down the street that was always at your house making a nuisance of himself, please forgive. Please accept my condolences and know that I loved your brothers as brothers and will never forget what they meant to me growing up.
Thank you all for your comments. These mean the world to us and would mean so much to my dad. We miss him so much, especially today on Christmas. It’s hard to know what to say here. We just appreciate the love and support and hope to be in touch with you soon.