Robert “Bob” Thomas Stevens, Sr, 86, of Valhalla, died June 28, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family. Bob was born June 17, 1934, in White Plains to David and Peggy Stevens. He grew up in White Plains and attended St. John’s, St. Bernard’s, and Archbishop Stepinac High School where he played football and ran track. He was a member of the first graduating class at Stepinac. He could recount a specific first down or a 200 yd dash like it was yesterday. He played half-back on scholarship for 2 years at Mississippi State before leaving for the army. He served in the 325th Infantry Regiment at Fort Bragg. He was honorably discharged after being involved in a crash that resulted in permanent injuries. Even with those injuries, he was still able to have a brief stint on the Jet’s semi-pro football team for 2 years.
He married Helen Soulias on September 10, 1960. They first lived in Thornwood before eventually settling in Valhalla where they resided for 55 years.
He was a salesman for more than 25 years with Food Enterprises and Capitol Distillers working throughout the tri-state region. He spent the final decade of his career working for the White Plains Parking Authority.
Bob’s real passion, of course, was golf. He played it, studied it, watched it on TV and worked at PGA and LPGA tournaments on both coasts. He always found a way into the pro tents and was able to get autographs and photos with everyone from Jack Nicklaus to Annika Sörenstam. One of his highlights was playing Pinehurst in North Carolina. His other hobby in retirement was getting autographs and photos with current and former Yankees players. He had an incredible collection that he displayed in his TV room at home. Every inch of the walls, from floor to ceiling was covered in autographed photos, hats, baseballs and newspaper clippings. His other minor hobby was maintaining his trademark hedges in front of his house.
Bob had a big heart and was tremendously generous. He would be the first one outside in a snowstorm, having the neighbors’ driveways cleared before they awoke. Bob was a devout, lifelong Catholic with a deep and abiding faith. He was a master story teller and a beloved father and grandfather.
His single biggest accomplishment was his marriage to the love of his life, Helen. He and Helen would have celebrated their 60th anniversary in September. They were together for the big events and the simple ones, such as their almost daily outings to the Star Diner. They were never apart, always “busting each other’s chops”, as he’d say. There is a silence without him, and he will be greatly missed.
Bob was proceeded in death by his parents and his brother David. He is survived by his wife Helen, son Rob of Valhalla, daughter Maryann (Tyler) Deke, of Bend, Oregon, his beloved grandchildren Grace, Paige and Scott and his sister Rosemary Stevens.