FARMINGTON – Robert “Bob” B. Stevens, Sr., 88, of Farmington, passed peacefully at Franklin Memorial Hospital on March 21, 2014.
Bob was the middle child of Harold F. and Dorothy M. Stevens, born on Aug. 7, 1925, in Farmington. He was a 1943 graduate of Farmington High School. He was a World War II veteran. Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 where he served until 1946. Upon returning home to Farmington and completing his military service, he was employed at Central Maine Consolidated Power.
In the fall of 1948 he enrolled in Farmington State Teachers College, and on Oct. 16 of that same year, he married Jeanette Thompson in West Farmington. Together they attended college in Farmington for two years before transferring to Boston University where he graduated in 1951. Following his graduation, Jan and Bob made their home in Bridgton, Maine, where he taught at Bridgton High School for six years; while there he coached almost every sport prior to returning to Farmington to teach at Farmington High School in 1957.
He taught and coached in Farmington until his retirement from Mt. Blue High School in 1988. He was the school’s first athletic director and served in that capacity from 1968-1982. Following his retirement from teaching he worked for 10 years on the security staff of Franklin Memorial Hospital and later as a hospital volunteer.
In the late 1970s Bob and Jan built the home of their dreams in Temple on Day Mountain where they resided until returning to Farmington in 2007. While in Temple, Bob served several years as a selectman for the town of Temple.
Throughout his life he had a passion for sports, especially basketball. He was a member of the 1941 Farmington High School State Championship Team, and while at Farmington State Teachers College he was a member of the 1948 championship team. Bob was the first president of the Maine Secondary School Principals’ Athletic Directors (MPA).
He was a member of the Roderick Crosby Legion Post 28 in Farmington for 46 years. During that time he served as the post commander in 1974, the only commander of that post whose father, Harold, had served as a previous commander in 1937. He served as chaplin for the post for 25 years.
He was an avid fly fisherman in his younger years and loved being outdoors especially in the woods of Temple. Bob was a proud member of the West Farmington Fireman’s Association.
Bob leaves behind his wife of 65 years, Jan; his six children: Carole Anne Whipp of Wilmington, N.C.; Brenda Stevens and her husband Dallas Landry of New Portland; Katie Hallman and her husband Bob of West Farmington; Robert Stevens, Jr. and his wife Cindy of Farmington; Lisa Judkins and her husband Peter of Farmington; and David Stevens and his wife Dorinda of Temple. There are 15 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. He was predeceased by his great granddaughter, Abigail Rose Brackett.
The family wished to give a special thanks to the wonderful staff at Franklin Memorial Hospital and Beacon Hospice for all their care and support.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, March 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Dan and Scott’s Cremation and Funeral Services at 488 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington, Maine. Funeral services will be held at the Henderson Memorial Baptist Church in Farmington at 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 24, followed by a reception at the American Legion Post 28. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Roderick-Crosby American Legion Post 28, PO Box 643, Farmington, ME 04938.