Robert L. Stephens of Oswego, NY and formerly of Hudson Falls, NY unexpectedly ascended on the morning of Feb. 10, 2010 to be with the lord and to teach all the children in heaven about warm fuzzies and cold pricklies. Robert was affectionately known as Bob or Bobby to those with whom he was acquainted.
Bob was born August, 1948 in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, the son of the late Robert F. and Kathleen Ã¢â‚¬Å“GertÃ¢â‚¬Â Stephens. Following graduation from Hudson Falls High School, he enlisted in U.S. Army in 1967 and served with the military police in Vietnam from November 1968 until October 1969 finishing out his service at Fort Dix, NJ. Bob was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant (E-5) August, 1970.
Following his service, Bob attended Onondaga Community College where he studied Criminal Justice from Sept. 1970 until June. 1972. In 1973, he began a career in law enforcement that spanned 30 years. During his career, he worked both independently and for several agencies; as a deputy sheriff, and later a senior investigator, for Washington County, N.Y. SheriffÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Department, he continued on his path as Lieutenant of Police for Delaware and Hudson Railroad. In his later years of enforcement, Bob established his own business, Stephens Confidential Investigations; in addition to his own business, he also performed investigative services for a law firm in the Albany area. In the law enforcement community, Bob was known as a force to be reckoned with; his acute attention to detail and photographic abilities were valuable in justice being served in courts on a number of occasions. He finally retired from law enforcement in 2002; until the end however, he was an investigator at heart.
Bob lived his life big and was a lover of life with a passion for helping other and for having fun. To him family was very important and he supported them all as if he was cheering as a spectator at a sporting event; in his heart he cheered for them to succeed in their life goals. Things important to Bob were being a Christian, his nieces and nephews, his Canadian heritage and family, and his American citizenship and military service.
As a Christian, he was proud of his faith. Bob was involved in a number of youth ministries; he had special ability to touch the heart of youth and displayed the skill while involved in several organizations. He was engaged with youth programs at Bay Road Presbyterian Church of Lake George, NY, the Pathfinder Lodge Camp of Cooperstown, NY, and as a Youth Leader and Sunday School teacher at Village Baptist Church in Ft. Edward, NY. Many familiar with Bob have been enamored by his skill at campfire stories and songs such as Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re Going on a Bear HuntÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Hermie the Wormie.Ã¢â‚¬Â In addition to youth ministries, he was also involved in Clown Ministry and was a participant in Walk to Emmaus.
BobÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hobbies and interests included camping, kayaking, canoeing, board games, horseshoes, Lawn Jarts, story telling and sitting around the campfire, photography, drums and percussion instruments and he was recently licensed as a real estate agent. Bob was involved in a number of organizations including VFW, American Legion, Royal Canadian Legion, and Fulton Lions Club. He was a former member of the Adirondack Bagpipe Band/Vagabond Drum & Bugle Corps.
During his last and best decade, Bob met and married the love his life, his wife Theresa. She brought to him a peace and happiness in his life that he never had before her; with Theresa by his side he found new meaning to each day and different approach to life. Bob referred to her as his Ã¢â‚¬Å“gift from God.Ã¢â‚¬Â Bob will be fondly remembered as big guy with a big heart and big laugh who would be there for anyone who asked.
Surviving are his wife Theresa who he was proud of for who she is and who she helped Bob to become; a sister, Maureen (Nick) Baker of Haddonfield, NJ; a brother, Steven (Barbara) Stephens of Glens Falls; two nephews, Jacob Stephens and Colin Baker; two nieces, Jessica (Brandon) Hoag and Courtney Baker; an uncle, Ronald Stephens and an aunt, Jean Stephens.
Calling hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday and 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton, NY with services at 11 a.m. Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to LIVESTRONG, National Mail Processing Center, P.O. Box 6003, Albert Lea, MN 56007-6603 or the Fulton Lions Club, P.O. Box 727, Fulton, NY 13069.