Stephen Kevin Ridden

8th January 1953 - 7th May 2020
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RIDDEN,  Stephen Kevin

Suddenly at home with Jill, 7 May 2020, Aged 67 years. Dearly loved husband of Jill and the late Ainsley. Loved father and father-in-law of Nicki and Gavin Angus, Briget and Trevor Prescott. Adored G D of Harlow and Verity. Loved eldest son of Kevin and the late Betty Ridden.  Brother and brother-in-law of Christine and the late Vaughan Smith, Denise and Harold Schreurs, Mark, Tony and Sharon, David and Christine and John. Loved son-in-law of Sylvia and the late Graham Dyer, brother-in-law of John and Jane Dyer. Loved son-in-law of the late Roy and the late Ruth Miller, brother-in-law of Barbara and Alan McKinnon and Jane and the late Win Miller. A loved uncle and friend to many.

Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.

Steve will be sadly missed.

A private service will be held at 1.30pm on Thursday, 14 May, at J Fraser and Sons’ Chapel, cnr Esk and Doon Streets, Invercargill.  You are invited to view the service on:

Messages may be sent to 92 Terrace Street, Invercargill 9810,  or to Steve’s tribute page at


Deepest sympathy Jill and family
Thinking of you at this sad time.
Peter McBurney, Invercargill
Deepest sympathy to you Jill and your family. thinking of you all at this difficult sad time.
Regards from Christine and Albert
Christine Dore, Invercargill
Am very sorry to hear that Stephen has passed away
He was always a very well respected work college. Sending thoughts at ths time
Donna kawe, Invercargill
We are all so sorry to hear of Steve's death. We are thinking of you at this sad time. Please accept our deepest sympathies.
Thella, Anne and Ronald Hutton , Dunedin
So sorry to hear about your sad loss Jill. Sending big hugs and love.
Shirl and Nev Geange
Shirley and Neville Geange, CROMWELL
We're thinking of you Jill at this sad time, so sorry to hear of the loss of Steve. We really enjoyed seeing you two when you visited Mount Maunganui in February, and to hear about the lovely holiday that you were having - you'll be left with special memories. Steve will be missed. Lots of love xxx
Hannah and Steven Scaglia, Mount Maunganui
Dear Jill we are so saddened by Steve’s sudden death. We so enjoyed our time with you both at Sophie’s wedding and we were looking forward to spending time with you on our next trip south. We send our love and sympathy. Marjory Brown and Ivan Jakich
Marjory Brown , Wellington
Very sorry to hear of Stephens passing, he was a supportive and kind work colleague. A good guy who will be sadly missed. My condolences to his family.
Bryan McInerney, Invercargill
I was saddened to hear of Steve's passing Jill and want to express my deepest sympathy and condolences to you and the family at this time.
Kindest regards and thinking of you. Neville
Neville Todd, Wellington
Our deepest heartfelt sympathy to Jill, nicki, Bridget & all the family & loved ones.
We send our love, BIG HUGS , and our loving thoughts are with you all, we are so sorry to learn of Steve's sudden passing . We are always here for you. 💕💕💕💕💕
Claire & Richard Rickerby , Dunedin
Very sorry to hear about Stephen passing away. He was a very supportive and amazing work colleague. He will be very sadly missed. Condolences to his family.
Lyn Turia, Invercargill
I am so saddened to hear of Stephen's passing. He was completely unique and I really enjoyed working with him. Thoughts and sympathies to Jill & family
Renee Cumberland, Invercargill
Dear Jill, Thinking of you at this very sad time. With love, Philip & Joce Sanford
Philip & Jocelyn Sanford, Queenstown
Our deepest sympathy to you, Jill. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time. Jim and Margaret Wong
Jim and Margaret Wong, Invercargill
My thoughts and prayers are with you Jill, during this sad time.
Wendy Creurer {Christchurch}
Wendy Creurer, Christchurch
My deepest sympathy to you Jill my thoughts are with you and the family.
Lesley Hyde, Invercargill
Deepest sympathy to you Jill and your family. My thoughts are with you all at this difficult and sad time.
Lois Stevens
Lois Stevens, Queenstown
Jill my heart goes out to you! So sorry to hear of the loss of Steve! He was lots of fun, kind and generous! Thinking of you and the family at this sad time!
Karen Purdue, Invercargill
Dear Jill and families
We were so sad to hear of Stephens death. Love hugs and blessings to you all
Karen and Colin Telfer xx
Karen Telfer , Invercargill
I am sorry for your loss of Stephen, I worked with Stephen as a supplier business in his role as purchasing officer for the ICC for many years he had a great sense of humour and was always a pleasure to deal with. He will be missed by many.
Leanne Parker, Gold Coast, Australia
Dear Jill,
So sorry to hear of the loss of Stephen.
He was a kind, understanding, supportive person, with a wicked sense of humor.
Deepest Sympathy and Condolences to all his Family
Thinking of you Jill
Anne Rainbow, Invercargill
I very much enjoyed my working friendship with Stephen and I share your deep sadness following his sudden passing.
Nathan Gill, Invercargill
Jill so sorry to hear of the passing of Stephen. You are in our thoughts at this sad time.
Colleen Kelly & Melinda
Colleen Kelly, Invercargill
Dear Jill, Wayne and I are sad we cannot be there in person to hug you but rest assured our thoughts are with you at this very sad moment in time. We wish you well for your funeral service and will be watching the Live Stream. Thank goodness for that technology. All our sympathy, Dot and Wayne xxx
Dot and Wayne Lee, Blenheim
Jill I was so sorry to read of your loss. Thinking of you at this very stressful time.
Love and hugs
Julie xx
Julie Guttery, Otautau
Dear Jill and family
We are extremely sad to hear of the sudden passing of your very loved Steve. Every day is such a gift and with that you have created some beautiful memories that forever will be treasured in your hearts 💗
Sending love and light to you all xx
Tracey and Marc Coulthard, Christchurch
To Jill, Nicki, Briget and family
We were so honoured to have known Steve, he was a wonderful man, we know how much he loved you all, and how much you loved him. He will be so missed. Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to hold in your heart.
Love Richard, Rob and family xxx
Robyn and Richard Lee, Queenstown
Dear Jill our thoughts are with you as you grieve the loss of Stephen. May your memories of happy times gone by help you through the sad times.
Take care
Nadia and Gary Rose
Nadia and Gary Rose, Wanaka
A mighty oak has fallen. Stephen was loved and respected as a work colleague and friend. His support, hugs and humour always welcomed. So very sorry for your loss which has saddened us all.
Mel Greenfield, Invercargill
As chairman of Community Services for ICC, I had great respect for Stephen. Part of his portfolio was to report monthly to the council in regard to community housing. He always kept me informed of any problems and believed in a no-surprises policy. He would often resolve problems before they came one. I can say without contradiction Stephen was a loyal head of department - loyal to me and staff. He had great work ethics and humor. I was very saddened to hear of his passing. Condolences to Jill and family members.
Lindsay Abbott, Invercargill
Dear Jill, so sorry to read of Steve’s sudden and untimely death. We are thinking of you at this sad and difficult time.
Our sincere sympathy to you all.
Paul and Shirley Palmer, Arrowtown
Jill we are thinking of you and although we can't be with you to say goodbye to Steve, you and the family will be in our thoughts.
Steve will always be fondly remembered. Treasure all your precious memories as they are yours to keep. We look forward to catching up with you in the coming weeks. Sally and Bruce Hogg (and Toddy)
Sally Hogg, Queenstown
So very sorry sending my deepest sympathy to Jill, Nicki, Brigit, Gavin, Harlow and Verity lots of love
Susie Stenhouse, Dunedin
So sorry for your loss. All the best Jill, hope the day goes well and the restrictions don't impact upon your service.
Greg and Linda Reeves, Invercargill
Dear Jill and family. Thank you so much for allowing us to watch the loving ,caring and very warm service you did for your dear Steve. Alex and I are extremely sad for you all and offer you our very deepest sympathy. Thinking of you. Lots of love. Joan and Alex ❤️❤️❤️
Joan and Alex Smith , Invercargill
The day was always a little better if I bumped into Stephen. I was very sorry to read of his passing.
Richard Lobb, Invercargill