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STEFANSEN Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com Orvald Bruce Stef Stefansen passed away on Sunday, November 25th after a long and valiant fight against cancer. Born in Jacksonville on April 20, 1949, the third child of Olaf Orvald Stefansen and Grace Virginia Rice Stefansen, he attended Robert E. Lee High School and enjoyed their frequent reunions where he renewed old friendships. Stef attended FCCJ and the University of Georgia where he met his wife of 38 years, Pamela Seyler Stefansen. He was a proud member of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) fraternity and served as its Social Chairman, a position he gravitated to in all phases of his life. After college, he worked briefly as a Prudential insurance agent and then as an employment counselor before beginning his long career as a real estate appraiser. Raised in the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Bruce reconnected with the Lord in the Episcopal Church where he found his ministry in the Cursillo movement. With great vigor and enthusiasm, he ignited the Spirit in others all over the Diocese of Florida. While Cursillo was his passion, he also enjoyed golf, bridge, playing guitar and being with friends. Stef was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife Pam, sons Scott Darin Stefansen and Jason Eric Stefansen, sister Linda Stefansen McKee (Richard), brother Jerry Olaf Stefansen (Marcia), cousins, nieces, nephews, and many beloved friends. A celebration of Stef's life will be held at 11a.m. on Saturday, December 1 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 7801 Lone Star Road, Jacksonville, Fl. 32211. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the Episcopal Diocese Cursillo Fund in care of St. Andrew's, but Stef's memory will be most honored if you make a friend, be a friend, and bring a friend to Christ.
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Nov. 29, 2012
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