David Stevens, Jr. ’66

David Stevens of Bocabec, New Brunswick and Easthampton, Massachusetts, passed away after a brief illness on April 28, 2023, in the Saint John Regional Hospital in Saint John, New Brunswick. Dave was born in Salem Massachusetts on May 14, 1948; he was the son of the late David Stevens and Virginia (Van Den Noort) Stevens and later his stepmother Ruth Berry Stevens. He leaves a brother, Daniel Stevens and wife JuJu Stevens of Gulfport, Florida, a step brother, Thomas Cross ’68 and wife Frances Cross ’70 of Dunnellon, Florida and numerous cousins.

As a young boy he had a passion for minerals which carried through into his later years when he turned to prospecting to make his living. He attended Williston Academy in Easthampton and later the University of Massachusetts where he edited the Yahoo Magazine. He did light shows for major rock and roll bands including J.Giles Band, Jethro Tull, and the Allman Brothers. During this time he was also an outspoken political cartoonist. His involvement in his local Bocabec area community included talks at local schools regarding minerals to be found locally and their history, working with a local hockey team and as a representative for the province at national mining symposiums and finally as a cartoonist for local papers with hard line opinions on various political stances. He was the New Brunswick prosecutor of the year multiple times. Dave was an opinionated man with simple needs and he felt at home in his community.

By David’s request there will be no visitations and a celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations to Ella Richardson Fund c/o Pastor Dunfield or a charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated by the family.

3 thoughts on “David Stevens, Jr. ’66”

  1. I always like Dave for his standout personality, ideas and opinions. So talented and under-appreciated, he was a welcome critic of our society and culture. Never harmful; always respectful; always truthful; highly insightful and wise. Better than an epithet of “curmudgeon.” He was a real guy with real feelings, real opinions, real positions, really honest, really talented. RIP, Dave…

  2. Dave was just a nice guy — not loud, not flashy, not a crazy jock, but rather an insightful and genuine human being. I wish I had taken the time and effort to have gotten to know him better, but I have positive memories of our times together. RIP! We’re all getting older with both good reflections and regrets. . .

  3. Dear Dave,
    Mysterious man of the woods, a hand lens, a compass, a small satchel to carry rocks
    Bright blue eyes behind rimed glasses and a smile that just brightened your day
    Signature bandana on your forehead suited you well.
    Blue jeans and sneakers that traveled many paths and streams amoungust the forest.
    So many stories a brilliant wise man who new minerals, plants ,nature and art.
    You are truly inspiring, a leader, a bottle of knowledge who shared his career passion with others.
    Like an eagle strong and insightful
    May you rest peacefully on the tree top as the sun sets in mountains.

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