East Lyme - Robert A. Stevenson, 75, of Atwood Drive, Niantic, passed away Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London.
Bob was born Aug. 21, 1937 in Holyoke, Mass., the son of Robert A. and L. Beatrice (LaBelle) Stevenson. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1960. In 1961, he joined Nabisco, Inc. as a student salesman in Springfield, Mass. In 1964, Bob and his family relocated to Niantic. He soon became known throughout the area as the "Cookie Man," retiring in 1993. Following his retirement, he worked part time at Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Homes.
Bob was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Council, serving as grand knight in 1976. He was also a member of the Niantic American Legion. Bob enjoyed riding his motorcycles, especially his American-made Harley-Davidson. He and his wife, Phyllis, traveled on Bob's Harley touring bike throughout the eastern seaboard and Canada.
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Phyllis (Jones) Stevenson; a son, Robert F. Stevenson and his wife, Anna, of Fairhaven, Mass.; and two daughters, Sheila A. Stevenson of Andover, Mass. and Angela Folino and her husband, Pasquale, of Waterford; two sisters, Sylvia Stevenson of Waterford and Mary Chandler and her husband, Richard, of Waleska, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.
A warm and outgoing man, Bob had a special place in his heart for his seven grandchildren whom he adored, Jennifer Ravikumar, Andrea Ravikumar, Mary Connor, Johnny Stevenson, Leah Stevenson, Allesondra and Sofia Folino.
Bob's family will receive relatives and friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home, 48 Grand St., Niantic. The funeral procession will assemble at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, from the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 48 Grand St., Niantic and proceed to St. Agnes Church, 10 Haigh Ave. for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery, Niantic.
In Bob's memory, donations may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or to the Smilow Cancer Center, 20 York St., New Haven, CT 06510.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.neilanfuneralhome.com
Published in The Day on Nov. 11, 2012