August 2,1954-June 7, 2022
It is with the deepest sadness that the family of Stuart Eisenberg, of Bon Air, VA, announces his passing on June 7, 2022. The cruelty of glioblastoma is unforgiving, taking him far too early, just five months after his diagnosis.
He was born on August 2, 1954, in Philadelphia, PA to the late Hubert and Leah Eisenberg. Stu is mourned by Martine, his wife of 44 years, and children Noah Eisenberg, Jenny Eisenberg, and Casey Meyers (Adam) and his two grandchildren, Ella and Jack Meyers. He is also survived by his sisters Berna Pauker (Larry), Gwen Forman (Louis), and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Having met 50 years ago as freshmen at Penn State, Stu and Martine gained lifelong friends that year. His Penn State family has embraced him with their love and have traveled to visit with him during his final days.
Stu held BS degrees from Penn State and Widener Universities and a master’s degree from VCU. He worked his entire nursing career at VCU, first in the Pediatric ICU and later in the Surgical Trauma ICU, retiring after 38 years of service to the institution. Alternately called Stu Daddy, Stupendous or Stubeedoo by VCU friends, he mentored many new staff members over the years who attended “Stu School” for their orientation. He was genuinely touched by the outpouring of love that his VCU family showered him with during his illness. The kindness and dedication of his VCU friends has been a comfort to Stu and his family; they also express their gratitude to Stu’s VCU team at the Massey Cancer Center.
A lover of music, Stu enjoyed a good live concert. He had eclectic tastes, but the Grateful Dead definitely had most-favored status with him and in his vast music collection. He was an avid photographer who saw the unusual in objects and nature, often capturing what others hadn’t seen. He looked forward to his annual August vacations to Brigantine Beach in New Jersey, and he enjoyed planning his next big adventure. Highlights of his travels included four trips to Hawaii to visit with dear lifelong Hawaiian friends; a road trip with Noah that included a game at Fenway Park; two cross-country road trips to California—first with Casey, then with Jenny. He achieved his goal of climbing Yosemite’s Half Dome in 2018 with Adam. Stu retired in 2019 and had hoped to spend much of his retirement traveling. Two wonderful trips with Martine, one to a music festival in Jamaica and one on a cruise from Costa Rica through the Panama Canal, were taken before COVID put travel on hold indefinitely. A terminal diagnosis robbed him of the retirement he had dreamed of.
Please consider donating in Stu’s name to either the VCU Massey Cancer Center or the Darren Daulton Foundation, which provides financial assistance to those who suffer from malignant primary brain tumors.
A memorial service will be held at Affinity Funeral Service at 2720 Enterprise Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23294 on Sunday, June 12 at 10 am, with a celebration of Stu’s life following the service.
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Affinity Funeral Service Richmond Chapel
Sunday, June 12 , 2022
Stu, it was an honor to work with and learn from you. I will never forget everything you taught me.
Rest In Peace.
Stu. You will forever have a piece of my heart. I am so heart broken. You are so loved. Rest in paradise my friend. Keep jamming. Love you.
I remember very well attending “Stu School” and learning about Einthoven’s triangle! I was never good at knowing when he was serious or kidding-that dry humor- but I learned so much and am a better nurse and person for having known him.
Your wisdom and knowledge are forever on my mind, Stu, and you and yours will forever be in my prayers! Rest In Peace!
Stu was one of those people that you never forget. I was blessed to have attended “Stu University” and I am a better nurse because of him. So sorry to hear of his passing. May he fly high and the memories bring you comfort.
I met Stu as a young night shift Pharmacist. He was force of Nature that gave much care and wisdom to all who would partake. Few had his dedication and compassion for the sick and injured. His standards were high and he was a generous teacher and friend. You will be missed.
Stu, It was a privilege to work with you. I learned so much from you. You were a great leader,teacher and nurse. It was always good to know you were on duty . May you rest in peace my friend.
There were certain things I could depend on when floating to STICU, a favorite was knowing I would smell coffee at 6:30 when Stu was coming in. Stu, you helped create many great nurses. You will be greatly missed. My condolences to your family and friend.
Martine and family,
We are so sad to hear this news. You were wonderful
neighbors. We remember watching you children grow up
and your evening walks on Scarlet Oak Rd.
Thinking of you, Noah, Casey & Jenny.
Stu you mentored me and countless other surgical residents at VCU during my training there some 20 years ago. You will be missed in the halls of VCU and you will always remain in my memory.
Peace my friend
Shocked and deeply saddened. Condolences to Martine and all the family. Wish I could be there with you. Love you and all
SELMA, KAREN AND REBECCA EIZMAN
I’m so sad to hear of Stu’s passing. He was an exceptional mentor in nursing, a resolute defender of all staff and patients. But Stu was more than a nursing mentor, he was also a friend, interested in his colleagues lives outside of work, and had so many interests which made him such an enriching person to be around. We would talk about books, his sense of humor was incredible. Condolences to the family, rest in peace
I and countless other physicians learned so much from Stu as young residents. His good work has helped and continues to help thousands, both directly and indirectly through those of us that he mentored. He was a legend.
As a brand new nurse, Stu was always a friendly face to guide the way as I was learning. He was a mentor to me, and taught me so much as I was growing in my early years. I am so sorry for your loss.
An outstanding nurse, mentor, leader, and all-around great person. Stu, you will be missed!
Always great to talk to and (to occasionally butt heads wit!). I’ve seen so many new nurses go through “stuniversity” always amazing his knowledge base and caring he showed.. truly a great and sad loss
Stu was a Clin B in the PICU when I first met him. I’m not going to lie; as a new grad, I was scared of him. Later I found I respected him for his knowledge and professionalism. I was sorry to see him go to STICU, but I would catch up with him in the parking deck walking in together. He always spoke so highly of his wife and always was so proud of his kids. He will be missed. I wonder if he’s having mock codes up in heaven💜 I am truly sorry for his family and my thoughts go out to them.
Stu touched so many people’s lives directly and indirectly though his mentorship, knowledge, and passion. He also loved his family immeasurably. I can’t tell you how many times Stu would talk about his family and bring in his pictures of his kids. He beamed when he talked about them. And although many of us never met his kids and wife- we knew them because he loved to talk about them. I hope his love of photography and recording their lives and moments in his pictures will bring them comfort. He wanted to capture every moment and preserve it so it wouldn’t be forgotten. Rest east Stu- we will never forget you! ❤️
Stu was a consummate professional with a wonderful dry sense of humor behind his tough exterior. I had the honor of being taught how to care for sick patients by him during my surgical residency at VCU from 2000-2007. He was a wonderful mentor, teacher and patient advocate. He was a dear friend and calming presence for so many at VCU. His passing is truly a great loss. My deepest sympathies to his family, friends and lives he touched. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him.
I was saddened to hear of Stu’s untimely passing. He was truly a passionate nurse with a dry wit. He touched so many hearts. I know he was proud of his family. We worked together for over 30 years. Deepest condolences to his family. May you find some comfort in the memories you shared. He will be sorely missed