Roger J. Stevens

OLD ORCHARD BEACH – Roger J. Stevens, 73, passed away on Saturday May 8, 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 23, 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 Old Orchard Beach.

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, 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, Mass., and husband Joseph.

A memorial will be held by the family at a later date.

Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home, 365 Main St., Saco, are entrusted with his services.

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.

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