In Memoriam : Roger Stevens
Roger J. Stevens - age: 73
(April 23, 1948 to May 08, 2021
Old Orchard Beach, Maine
A memorial will be held by the family at a later date.
For those wishing to make memorial contributions in his memory, please consider the Old Orchard Beach Conservation Commission, 1 Portland Ave, Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064 or the Maine Audubon Society, 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, ME 04105.
Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home 365 Main St, Saco are entrusted with his services.
Old Orchard Beach - Roger J. Stevens, 73, passed away on Saturday May 8th, 2021 at his home with his family by his side. He had been battling cancer on and off for the past three years. Although the last few months of his life were very difficult, he took great solace in watching the birds and enjoying the company of his family. He kept a positive demeanor right to the end and definitely kept his sense of humor. He loved his family, neighbors and the community of Old Orchard Beach. Those who knew him will miss him greatly. Roger brought joy to many and enhanced the life of his friends and family in countless ways. He was an original.
Roger was born in Biddeford on April 23rd, 1948, the son of Ralph and Amelia Stevens. He grew up in Old Orchard with his five siblings, Joseph, Alice, Richard, Gary and Anne. He was a graduate of Old Orchard Beach High School, Class of 1966. After high school, he moved out West and attended Costa Mesa Community College in California before being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1967. Roger was a Sergeant in the Second Infantry Division, overseeing a howitzer in an artillery battalion that was stationed along the DMZ in Korea. He was also trained as an Imjin Scout, participating in reconnaissance patrols within the DMZ.
After his service, he returned home to Maine. He worked for 37 years with the Public Works Department of Old Orchard Beach. He loved his job and he loved working for the Town. He took great enjoyment in clamming, fishing, chopping wood, telling jokes and keeping busy outdoors. Roger was a member of the Old Orchard Beach Conservation Committee and oversaw the Maine Plover Project in OOB.
Roger met his wife Cindy on the beach in 1972. He married Cindy Harmon of Saco, Maine in 1981 and had two children, his son Jesse and daughter Holly. He spent lots of time with his family and friends, days at the beach, camping, town sporting events and get togethers. He brought lots of happiness to others and lived a great life. He will be deeply missed by many and all who loved him.
He is survived by his wife Cindy Stevens of Old Orchard Beach, his son Jesse Stevens of Old Orchard Beach, his daughter Holly Hennigar of Boston, MA and husband Nicholas, three brothers Joseph Stevens of Old Orchard Beach, Richard Stevens of Old Orchard Beach and wife Patricia and Gary Stevens of Fort Kent and wife Doris, two sisters Alice Leveris of Old Orchard Beach and husband Arthur and Anne Riley of South Middleboro, MA and husband Joseph.
Ron Lemire - May 12, 2021 Contact this person
If ever Old Orchard Beach had a Sage, it was Roger. All who have met Roger would agree with me. I have known Roger since I was 14 years old and he helped me navigate difficult teenage years with seasoned wisdom, humor and a genuine care for who I was. I listened to Roger all of my life and his advice to me was always true. The impression he left upon me is deep in my heart and the love I have for this beautiful Soul is immeasurable. I can say this about Roger: Of the many incredible people I have encountered in my life from celebrities to spiritual teachers, I would often think when I was with many of these people, "I would so love for you to meet my brother Roger Stevens, because no matter how deep your tradition flows, no matter how wise your teachings, no matter how funny your jokes are and no matter how deeply you love, you would be in good company with my friend Roger." Whatever station in Life anyone lives in, Roger is there to meet them. I know I will never see him again in my lifetime and that absence is the deepest of my sorrow, but I will always feel his presence in my heart and mind because his friendship is genuine grace and has no bounds. To my beloved Stevens family, Cindy, Jesse and Holly, Joe, Alice,Rick, Gary and Anne, I am with you in this time of mourning and hold you all in my heart. I think of you daily. My deepest and sincerest condolences to you. Do take care of yourselves and always live in the knowledge that you are loved.
Kathleen Dziadzio - May 13, 2021 Contact this person
I was so saddened to hear about Roger's passing. Every time I think of him, I smile. I can't think of a time when seeing him did not make me happy and all of my interactions with him were enjoyable. He was truly a special man and we are all better people for knowing him. I am sorry that such a good man is no longer with us. He will be missed by many.
Terri Kimball - May 13, 2021 Contact this person
I was so saddened about Roger's passing - away. I'm so sorry for your loss Joe. Roger was a great, and funny man. He always had a smile on his face and was so happy to tell me his jokes. R.I.P. Roger. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Roger will be missed by all that knew him. I sure will miss you, my friend.
Ron Lemire - May 14, 2021 Contact this person
This is Chrissi, Ron's wife. I will remember Roger always with a smile on my face because I think he was the funniest man ever. He would get everyone to crack up in full laughter. He was also an extremely generous man helping his community at every turn. We send Roger off on a wave of love, and will join him on the other side. Blessings to you dear heart Roger!! Love Chrissi