William (Bill) Frederick Stevens 1926-2011


William (Bill) Frederick Stevens, 85, of Auburn, passed away on Nov. 22, at his residence. Bill was born in Mexico City, Mexico on July 14, 1926, to Frederick Stanley Stevens and Hilda Mary Lonergan Stevens. He attended the American School in Mexico City and spent the last year of high school at Mt. Allyson Academy in Sackville N.B., Canada. After studying engineering at Georgia Tech, he went to work for the Gillette Safety Razor Company in Mexico City. In 1956, he was transferred to Buenos Aires, Argentina where he ran manufacturing operations for Gillette. In 1961, he moved to Boston, MA to work in the corporate home office in South Boston.

The Stevens family moved to Opelika in 1973, where Bill worked for the Ampex Corporation. In 1983, Bill joined Shape Corp. in Biddeford, ME and in 1986, moved to Dadeville, to start the Shape South plant. He retired in 1992 and enjoyed gardening, playing golf, travelling and family gatherings.

Stevens is survived by his loving wife, Rose, his children Debbie Stevens Descheemaeker (Henrie), Danny Stevens (Karen), Jackie Stevens Shelton (Jake), Charlie Stevens (Lori), his grandchildren Jesse and Maggie Taylor, Will, Riley and Nolan Stevens, Rosemary Shelton and Emily and Davis Stevens and his sister Winnie Stevens Erickson. He is preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Hilda Stevens, his two brothers, Alexander Charles and Paul Stanley Stevens, and his beloved daughter Patricia Stevens Taylor.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church with Rev. Monsignor William J. Skoneki officiating. Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home is handling arrangements. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Michael’s Catholic Church Building Fund at 1100 N. College St., Auburn or Hospice.


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