Arthur Phillips "Phil" Stedman Jr.(1919 - 2013)

NEW SMYRNA, Fla. - Arthur Phillips "Phil" Stedman Jr., 93, a longtime resident of Edgewater and New Smyrna Beach, passed away peacefully Feb. 9, 2013, at Fairgreen Assisted Living Facility where he had been a resident during the past year.

Born Aug. 6, 1919, and raised in Holyoke, Mass., and Amherst, Mass., he and his family moved to Florida in the mid 1950s.

He was the founder of the Stedman's Self Service Laundry in the 1950's. Being the first coin-operated laundry in the New Smyrna Beach area, he expanded the business to three laundries. He also started a local bagged ice making and distribution business in the 1960's which was the forerunner of today's abundant dispensaries at convenience stores.

His passion was an organic rose grower. The roses were enjoyed by thousands at local restaurants, banks and the hospital where he freely shared his blooms delivered weekly in mayonnaise jars.

He is survived by son Gary and wife Holly of Sedona, Ariz.; daughter Kristin and husband Dale Clemmer of Lansdale, Pa.; three granddaughters, Tracy and husband Lincoln Palmer of Darwin, Australia, Laura and husband Jason Haynes of Edgewater, Alison and husband Randy Coslow of Edgewater; and five great-grandchildren; and brother Richard (Dick) and wife Mary of Belchertown, Mass.

He was preceded in death by his wife Virtue, son Alan and grandson Garrick Clemmer.

A service celebrating Phil's life will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. at United Church of Christ, 203 Washington St., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168.

Donations in his memory to a or to the church are appreciated.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Feb. 21, 2013