Obituary: Joseph “Joe” Stevenson – Portland Press Herald

Joseph “Joe” Stevenson

PORTLAND — After a long illness, Joseph “Joe” Stevenson passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on April 5, 2022, at the age of 73, at Maine Veterans’ Home in Scarborough. He was born in Portland on February 25, 1949 to Joseph E. and Thomasina M. (Napoleone) Stevenson.

Joe graduated from Portland High School in 1969 and enlisted in the Navy. He served from 1969 to 1973 on two naval aircraft carriers, USS Bonhomme Richard and USS Coral Sea as a Navy Firefighter (FN) and worked in boiler rooms and mechanical rooms, where he performed engineering shifts, operates electrical equipment and performs repairs. While stationed at Naval Station Subic Bay in the Philippines, Joe met the love of his life, Nelita Obas, and in the summer of 1973 they were married. Joe graduated from Andover College and was employed by Shaw’s Supermarkets for 36 years before retiring in 2010.

Joe had a heart of gold and he loved and appreciated his family. He spent time working in his carpentry shop, often building furniture and repairing small machinery, reading history books, listening to the Golden Oldies, watching western and adventure films and comedy shows, while eating ice cream and sweets. Fishing was a favorite activity, especially speckled trout and brown trout fishing. He enjoyed a simpler life with his family, his home, and watching wildlife in the backyard.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his older brother Vernon Stevenson, Sr. Joe is survived by and will always be loved and remembered by his wife of 48 years Nelita; his children, Angelica Milo (Jay), Deborah Stevenson, Maria Stewart (Ron), Michael Stevenson and Robert Stevenson; grandchildren, Ross and Gage Pratt, Julia and James Plante, Evan and Tanner Herman, Eva Stevenson, Sophia and Mae Milo, Ryleigh, Payton and Isabella Kimball, Maksim Roewer; great-grandchild, Sawyer Pratt; and her siblings, Henry Stevenson (Kathleen), Edie Gribbin, Tina Enman (David), Maryann Grimaldi (James), Catherine Hardy (John), Charity Bratton (Eric), Barbara Lisa (Bob), and Anthony Stevenson (Rae- Ellen); as well as many nieces, nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; and friends too numerous to mention.

Special thanks to the wonderful family members and staff at Maine Veterans’ Home who provided compassionate care.

Visiting hours will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 18, 2022 at AT Hutchins Funeral Home, 660 Brighton Ave, Portland. A Christian Burial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at St. Anne’s Church, 299 Main St. Gorham. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Gorham with full military honours.

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In lieu of flowers, those wishing to donate can donate to a charity that supports military veterans, Parkinson’s disease research or dementia treatment.

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