Dr. Stephen A. Hill

August 09, 1950 ‒ August 30, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio


MANSFIELD: Dr. Stephen Alan Hill, 67, of Mansfield, passed away after a brief illness on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at OSU Medical Center in Columbus, surrounded by his family.  Born August 9, 1950 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, he was the son of Dr. Ross Hawthorne (Col. Ret.) and Betty Mae (Shaffer) Hill.

Stephen graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH and completed his medical degree at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX, and his surgical internship at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.  From there, he moved to The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, OH, where he completed a residency in neurosurgery and a fellowship in biochemical neuropathology. While in Columbus, he began his lifelong practice of martial arts, eventually earning a Nidan in Karate, Shodan in Weapons, Shodan in Aikido.  Stephen then continued his training at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia, where he completed a residency in neurology and a neuromuscular fellowship.  He moved to Mansfield to begin private practice at Mansfield Neurology, Inc., where he faithfully served the community for twenty-eight years.  In October 2014 he moved to Ohio Health Neurological Physicians and continued seeing patients until his death.

While at Mansfield Neurology, Stephen also worked out of Mansfield General Hospital, and traveled to regional hospitals in Ashland, Galion, Norwalk and Mount Vernon to care for his patients in more remote areas.  Stephen was known by his friends, family, coworkers and patients as a diligent, patient and devoted caregiver who treated every patient with dignity and compassion.  For many years, he taught aikido at the Mansfield YMCA.  Stephen, an Eagle Scout in his youth, also served as a leader for Boy Scouts Troop 121.  In his free time, Stephen loved to spend time at his farm in Bellville, where he canoed, fished and gardened.  A lifelong learner, Stephen was a voracious reader, and loved collecting antique books.  He could also while away hours in his workshop, woodworking or tying flies for fly fishing.

The center of Stephen’s life was his large and loving family.  Growing up as the son of a Colonel in the Army, Stephen, his parents and his sister Saralyn moved every two-three years, and were stationed both in the US and abroad.  During his pediatric rotation of his neurosurgery residency at OSU, he met his wife Cyndi (Sweeney) Hill who was an RN at Children’s Hospital.  They were married in 1982 and went on to have four children.

He is survived by his wife Cyndi; daughter Meghan of New York, NY, son Donovan of Canton, OH, daughter Caelin and Caelin’s partner Nate Johnson of Mansfield and their future daughter Rowan Brienne (Hill) Johnson, son Evan and daughter-in-law Brittany Hill of Mansfield; mother Betty; sister Saralyn Hill Shone; brother-in-law Gary Shone; nephew Ross Shone; uncle John Hill; mother-in-law June Sweeney; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Susan and Robert Foley, Terry and Becky Sweeney, Kathleen Wolens, and Tim and Michelle Sweeney; nephews Ryan and Brendan Foley (Natalie), Christopher Sweeney (Taylor) Colin and Quinn Sweeney; nieces Caitlyn Sweeney and Taryn Sweeney; and many cousins and extended family on the Hill side, as well as many friends and co-workers.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ross; father-in-law William “Don” Sweeney; and brother-in-law Michael Wolens.

A memorial service celebrating Stephen’s life Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 4 p.m. will be in The Kehoe Center, 175 Mansfield Avenue, Shelby, Ohio, after which the Hill family will host a reception until 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the Hill family prefers contributions in Stephen’s memory to “The Dr. Stephen A. Hill Fund of The Richland County Foundation.” These gifts may be made in person at the memorial service, through Snyder Funeral Homes, or directly to the Richland Foundation (181 South Main Street, Mansfield, OH 44902).

The family would like to especially thank Greg Kraner RN, Lyndsey Porter RN, Eric Ball RN, Stephanie Eden RN, Jeri Cerbus RN, and Jeremy Jacobson Unit Clerk for the outstanding care given to Stephen, but especially for the love and support shown to the family. There are no words adequate enough to thank you.

The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Hill family.  To leave a message of sympathy or view his tribute video please visit:SnyderFuneralHomes.com


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  • We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Dr. Hill was an outstanding neurologist and a very kind man. He will truly be missed.

  • “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” ~Matthew 5:4

    Dearest Cyndi and family,
    Words seem so inadequate, but we wanted to extend our sincere sympathies and condolences on the untimely passing of Steve. He was such an intelligent, compassionate, loving, patient, and caring person with such wit and charm. Your Stephen was an extraordinary person and we were honored to have known him.
    With love and sympathy,
    Al and Chris

  • To the Hill Family,
    We were so sorry to read about Dr. Hill passing. He was a leading contributor to the Mansfield General, MedCentral, and OhioHealth medical facilities. His kindness and approach to patient care will be missed.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • I am so sorry about the loss of Dr. Hill. He was a great man and a very dedicated neurologist. He will be missed. My condolences to his family.

  • Dr. Hill was the kindest man and always sharing his knowledge of neurology with the nurses at The Raintree. Prayering for his family.
    Annette Cottrill

  • I am at a loss for words, know that my thoughts and prayers are with the family and medical community. I had the pleasure to know Dr. Hill professionally. He truely put the interest of his patients first. I will miss him as he loved to teach and share stories. He shared his passion for fly fishing and making lures with me. We even had a discussion about the Kentucky Derby once. I expressed my desire to bet on horses and drink a mint julipt. The next day at work, Dr. Hill handed me a really neat recipe that told a story of the famous drink. What I will really miss is his sense of humor and telling jokes. Sometimes it was those moments that make a rough day at the office so much easier and brighter.

  • So sorry about the loss of Dr Hill. Such a great guy and great doctor. Just saw him not long ago as a patient and we had such a nice visit. I hadn’t seen him for a while since I retired from Med Central. Praying for his family.

  • What devastating news!. I’m so very saddened about his passing. I had the pleasure of working with him at Medcentral, then Ohiohealth .Also being one of his patients.he would sit and analyze the situation, then after the jokes he would give you the verdict. He made light of everything. He told me this long story about the wealthy women that lived centuries ago and wore these fabulous lavaliers, then said that my scar looked just like a lavalier. He never forgot that statement he made ,for everytime I saw him he’d ask how it was doing. He touched a lot of people. He truly helped so many. He will never be forgotten. He deserves a monument! Rest easy Dr Hill. You will be truly deeply missed.

  • My condolences to the family of Dr. Hill , he was amazing doctor he took care of my husband when he had stroke I’m very thankful and blessed I got to know such a wonderful man! God bless you!

  • Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. A truly gifted man, loved by many, and will be missed dearly.

  • So sorry to hear of Dr Hill’s passing. My heart goes out to his family, friends and patients. He was a wonderful man and doctor

  • It’s an honor to have known Dr. Hill. We met many years ago when we served together on the Community Concerns Committee at St Peter’s Parish as well as having worked together for the last 16 years at the hospital. He was easily one of the most intelligent people I have ever met as well as having a quick and dry wit. He cared deeply for his patients, supported the therapists working under his direction and insisted that things be done correctly. My condolences to the Hill family and to the healthcare community with whom he worked. I will miss you Doc. God bless you and God bless your family.

  • Totally devastated reading about Dr Hill passing. I was one his patients. Just saw him 2 months ago in fact. He so helped me feel better and gave me the meds I needed . I will miss him so much. Was a dear man and a awesome dr. My sincere sympathies goes out to his wife and family . Always had a story to tell me that made me smile. Ohio Health lost the best neurologist with the loss of Dr Hill. He also took care of my brother when he was in the hospital. I just hope I get someone half as good as he was to continue my care. God Bless the Hill family.
    And thank you Dr Hill for all you done for me …RIP I will miss you terribly. Terri Dray

  • Dr. Hill was an amazing individual, I was blessed to have worked with him at Mans. General, Med-central, as well as Ohio health. He treated everyone with respect, humor, and most of all, knowledge. It did not matter what capacity you held at the hospital, You were part of his team. OOH-AHH , Dr. Hill, Your stories will go on. RIP

  • Condolences to the family. Thank you for sharing him with those of us who had the pleasure of working with Dr Hill. I am saddened by the loss of such a great man. As others have already said; His humor, intelligence, and respect for his fellow man were so appreciated. Peace be with you

  • Dr Hill was a superb neurologist. He will be missed Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Guy Capaldo MD

  • So saddened to hear of Dr. Hill’s passing. What a privilege it was to work with him as a speech-language pathologist at MedCentral several years ago. What a brilliant neurologist he was, who taught me so much. He was always so willing to share his knowledge & expertise. He was always kind and thoughtful, and I so appreciated his wit. He will be greatly missed by so many.

  • I am so sorry to read about Dr. Hill. I worked at Mansfield General and MedCentral with him. He always had time to talk to the nurses, sit and share his knowledge and just be interested in you. He knew what team meant and always included us nurses in his care for his patients. I know how much he will be missed

  • My condolences to the Hill family. I am very sad to hear of this news. I was a patient of Dr. Hill, and I can’t say enough good things about him. He was a very sweet, gentle man and an excellent, caring doctor.

  • It saddens my soul to hear of Dr Hill’s passing. His patients had the most attentive doctor who really cared and was so intelligent. Yet he was funny and I will treasure his stories that made me laugh. Praying for you all.

  • Dr. Hill was my husband’s neurologist. He was the best! He always had stories to tell and shared his vast knowledge with us on so many different subjects. He was fascinating to talk to. I will miss seeing him. My condolences to his family.
    Dee Lakes

  • So sorry to hear this. He was a very nice man and doctor. I remember him coming in our transcription office and actually typing a report on a patient when he had laryngitis. I was impressed by that! Prayers to the family at this difficult time.

  • To the family of Dr.Hill may the Lord comfort you during this transitional time. Dr. Hill was very kind and personable. He will be greatly missed

  • It has been our true blessing to know Dr. Hill. Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers are extended to each of you at this time. May the Lord grant you His peace.

  • It was sad to see that the community and his family/friends have lost such a caring and capable neurologist. I always appreciated his approachableness, and his willingness to share of his vast knowledge. I’m glad I did not personally need his services. but have sent many patients to him over the years. He will be greatly missed. My condolences and prayers to the family.

  • Steve and Cindy were like family. I chaired the neurology department at Medical College of Georgia where Steve was one of the best residents we ever trained. I was very proud of him, his intellectual abilities, wry sense of humor, but above all for the loving care he gave his patients. I knew he would be a star in his practice because of those qualities. Even though I rarely saw them after he left I kept track of him via phone calls and by the notorious Cindy Christmas letters. I am so saddened by this loss, which I am sure will be deeply felt by his family, colleagues and his patients. Cindy and the children are in our thoughts and prayers. Steve, my buddy, may you Rest In Peace .

    • Thank you so much Tom for those kind words.
      He thought the world of all of you, as did I.
      I’m looking forward to seeing Roger on the 30th.
      Our daughter, as I write, is in labor with our first grandchild, something he was so looking forward to, but another part of him is coming into this world soon, and for that we are all so greatful.
      These have been horrifically painful weeks but God and the love of friends and family will carry us through.
      And my Xmas letters will continue….Stephen just won’t be here to edit and “control” the content. As if he ever could control me. 😁
      Wish us luck in the weeks ahead
      Cyndi and kids

  • Cyndi and family, We are thinking of you and of Steve. So sorry to learn of his passing. As senior resident, he looked out for and taught the juniors with great humour and an eye for detail. We still carry and use the OKN strips you so kindly shared with us! He is remembered fondly here at MCG and the VA in Augusta.

  • Our hearts go out to the Hill family. OUR deepest sympathy to his wife and children. He will be missed greatly by many many people. Rhiley and family

  • Dear Cyndi and family,

    We don’t know each other, but I felt compelled to write to you. I met Dr. Hill on 8/1 as he performed EMG testing on my hands/arms.

    I have commented to several people since my visit with him that he had “the best bed side manner” of any doctor I’ve ever met.

    Throughout the entire procedure, he talked to me about my life and talked about his life experiences where they were similar to ours.

    We were expecting our 2nd grandchild soon and he glowed…indicating he was expecting his first grandchild soon. I remember telling him, “if you loved having kids, just wait til you have grandchildren! … They are everything great about being a parent without all “the work…”

    He chuckled.

    Being an Eagle Scout myself, we discussed scouting…

    I could go on and on, but I won’t. 🙂

    In closing, I guess I just wanted you to know that even though having only met Dr. Hill one time and even then, for about a half hour or so, I know without a doubt that he was an awesome man–all the way around.

    I lost my dad suddenly following a brief, but wicked bout with pancreatic cancer. I still miss him every day, but I take comfort in knowing we’ll meet again someday. In the meantime, I hang on to the memories and all the love he invested in me and my brother… From my conversation with Dr. Hill, I’m guessing, no, I know he loved each of you and you will undoubtedly have a lot of awesome memories to keep you going too…

    Hugs from the Boyer Family…

  • Cyndi, I am so sorry to hear of your loss, I think of you often and Kathy Baker keeps me posted on some of your news, you were always a mentor to me at Children’s. Praying for you and your family and congrats on your first grandchild.
    Lia (Thomas)Headings

  • To Dr. Hill’s Family:

    I send my deepest sympathy.

    I only met Dr. Hill once for a consult but adored him immediately. He was kind, patient and a brilliant man. He shared interesting medical anecdotes and stories.

    I asked if he could be my physician for everything….gynecology, dentist, rheumatology. He laughed.