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Philip W. Stevens, Sr

 

Philip W. Stevens, Sr of Wenham, passed away peacefully at the Twin Oaks in Danvers on June 11, 2009 after a lengthy illness. He was the husband of Ruth (Lindgren) Stevens.

Born in Arlington, he was the son of the late Alfred and Sigrid (Sorby) Stevens. He was raised in Wenham, and attended local schools, graduating from Beverly High School with the class of 1940. He graduated from the Pittsburgh School of Aeronautics in 1942 before joining the US Army Air Force. He was stationed in Ft Meyers, Florida during WWII, serving as a flight instructor. He was discharged in 1946 at the rank of Staff Sergeant. He returned to Wenham where he was employed at United Shoe until 1974, then working for Varian until his 1992 retirement. He was a member of the First Church in Wenham, and an active mentor in Boy Scouts and Little League. He belonged to the Liberty Lodge of Masons in Beverly, the Scottish Rite of Bodies of Salem, and the Aleppo Shrine in Wilmington where he served as a steward. He was also a founding member of the Curious Artificers, a Mason club in Hamilton-Wenham, serving as secretary until it was disbanded.

In addition to his wife of fifty-six years, he is survived by three sons, Philip W. Stevens, Jr and his wife Helena of Hamilton, Richard C. Stevens and his wife Roslyn of Washington, DC, and Bradford W. Stevens and his wife Bridget of Rowley. He also leaves two very adored grandchildren, Timothy W. Stevens and Alyssa M. Stevens of Ipswich and Rowley. He is also survived by a sister, Ann McAniff of Amesbury, a brother, Warren Stevens and his wife Josephine of Andover, and a nephew, Mark Stevens and his wife Jacklyn of Wenham.

A memorial funeral service will be held Tuesday June 16 at 1 pm in the First Church in Wenham, 1 Arbor Street. Family and friends respectfully welcomed. Interment in the Wenham Cemetery will be private. Visiting hours will be Monday 4 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Shriners Burn Hospital, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114.

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