W.E. (Bill) Stevens, 73, dear brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed into eternity on Sunday, August 16, 2015 in Galveston.
Bill was born in Galveston, Texas on April 13, 1942, to Josie Dolhonde Stevens and W.E. Stevens, Sr. He attended Galveston public schools and graduated from Ball High School with the class of 1960.
Summers, between college terms, he was a Beach Patrol lifeguard. He kept his love of open-water swimming throughout his adult life and shared it with his children, who later also served on Beach Patrol.
He was married at Sacred Heart Church on June 5, 1965 to Claudia Bastien, and the couple recently celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary.
Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam conflict and served as an air traffic controller in China Lake, California and at Barber's Point NAS in Hawaii. He brought his family back to the island where he pursued a career in banking before joining the accounting department at UTMB. He retired after Hurricane Ike.
Bill was a devout Catholic all of his life, a member of Holy Family parish who often sang with the choir. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, and he was active for many years with the Noon Optimist Club of Galveston, volunteering on the Christmas tree lot fundraiser and the Youth Bicycle Safety program.
An avid outdoorsman and cyclist himself, he rode the MS 150 to raise money for the charity and to challenge his own endurance. A dedicated father and mentor, he enjoyed coaching a number of baseball and softball teams while his children were growing up. He was known for his wonderful sense of humor, generous spirit, and contagious laughter.
Bill was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Ann Stevens. He leaves to celebrate his life his loving wife, his two children--Bill Stevens and his wife Pam, and Diane and her husband Kevin Allen--his beloved grandchildren Katherine and James Stevens, and his sister Suzanne Stevens. He will be missed by extended family, brothers-in-law Armand Bastien and wife Sandy, and Robert Bastien and wife Deborah, cherished nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, and Amy and Keith Bly and Stevens godchildren Cameron, Justin, and Charlotte Bly.
The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses and their teams at UTMB who cared for Bill during the last few years, including Dr. Holland, Dr. Willis, Dr. Worsham, and Dr. Tarry. The kindness and care of the staff at Gulf Health Care Center was exemplary and is deeply appreciated.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home at 5:00 P.M., with a Rosary to begin at 6:00 P.M. A Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with Father E.J. Stein officiating.