Dr. Richard Paul Stamegna, Jr., 67, of Daniel Island, South Carolina, ascended on Friday, March 16, 2018, as the result of an accident in North Carolina. He was born on October 6, 1950, in Mamaroneck, New York, the first child born to Richard Paul Stamegna, Sr. and Phyllis Marie (Iacovelli) Stamegna.
Richard is survived by his beloved wife and partner Sandra (Brisson) Stamegna, son Skyler Brisson Stamegna (daughter-in-law Chrissy Stamegna & grandson Hunter Riley Stamegna), daughter Amber Stamegna Deutsch (son-in-law Marshall Deutsch & granddaughters Elena Stamegna Deutsch and Marlowe Stamegna Deutsch); sister Sharon (Stamegna) Stangil; brother David Stamegna; nieces Lauren and Vanessa Stangil; nephews Christopher and Anthony Stamegna; aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and his special dachshund Mona.
Richard earned a bachelor of science degree in biology and biochemistry from the University of Rhode Island, followed by a doctorate of chiropractic at Sherman College, and a master of spiritual science from the Peace Theological Seminary and College of Philosophy.
He was a gifted and knowledgeable chiropractor and nutritionist, which allowed him serve his clients as a healer, counselor, and friend. In 1980, he founded Mt. Pleasant Chiropractic Center, a first of its kind in the region due to Richard’s innovative, interdisciplinary approach to care. Even while growing a practice and a family, Richard was a maverick and a visionary. He built a community of healers with complementary skills and guided people to health, wellness, and self-awareness. Richard did all of this with humility and compassion.
He was a lifelong learner who studied his craft but also enjoyed reading about history, art, civilizations, and religion. Richard loved to be active outdoors; he took up skiing, long distance bicycling, and hiking over the course of his life. He adored the mountains of North Carolina, where he explored waterfalls on foot and the beautiful backroads on his motorcycle with friends. Most of all, Richard delighted in spending time with his family and loved ones. Over the past several summers, he made a routine of taking his family on adventures like zip-lining, tubing, rappelling, and kayaking.
Richard’s life goal was to do something good, to do something better – in service to his fellow man and community. With a legacy of care, love, service, and honoring the divine consciousness in all things, he exceeded his goals and hopes.
A celebration of Richard’s life will be held on Friday, March 23 at 4 p.m. on the grounds of McAlister Smith Funeral Home, Mt. Pleasant. All are welcome. Please bring your own chair and drinks as well as a dish and a memory or song to share. The celebration will take place outdoors, so please dress accordingly.
Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted to www.mcalister-smith.com.
Arrangements entrusted to McALISTER-SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1520 RIFLE RANGE RD, MT. PLEASANT SC, 29464. (843) 884-3833