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Obituary of Paul Stevens
Paul David Stevens, Sr., 80, of Pompton Plains, formerly of Clifton, died Friday, May 31, 2019 at Mountainview Gardens, Cedar Crest. He is now dancing in heaven with his wife, Betty Ann.
Born in Lewistown, Maine, Paul grew up in Clifton, and was the son of Oscar and Dorothy Stevens. While a student at Clifton High School, he played on the school's football team, and would change his uniform at half time to perform with the high school band.
While a student in Clifton, he fell in love with Elizabeth "Betty Ann" Smith, who would go on to become his wife.
After high school he pursued a degree in business administration at Boston University & Bryant College before joining the Navy, serving the U.S. from 1961-1967.
Marrying Betty Ann in 1963, the couple settled in Clifton, where they raised three children. Paul worked hard for many years, often holding down two jobs to support his family. He started his career with the Bendix Corporation in New York City, and also worked for Continental Can Company in Paterson, Givaudan in Clifton, and lastly as the Recycling Supervisor for the City of Clifton and the County of Passaic before retiring in 2008. Paul & Betty Ann left their longtime home in Clifton in 2011, moving to Cedar Crest Village in Pompton Plains.
Throughout his life, Paul held a sunny and positive demeanor. He loved life, he loved people, and he loved to be surrounded by his family. He was always expressing how blessed he was, and forever held an optimistic outlook. He had a fantastic sense of humor, and was known to visit his doctors with a clown nose on his face, asking "I just don't know what's wrong with me, Doc!"
The sounds of classic country music were a staple in the Stevens home, and even during his time in Cedar Crest, he would listen all day and night to Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and other country crooners on his headphones, occasionally yelling "yee-haw!" when he got really into it.
Paul was always an affectionate man, and had a hug and a kiss for everyone he came by. He was well cared for at Cedar Crest, and when his own family couldn't be with him, the nurses and aides would come in for a welcome hug. The Stevens family was grateful for the excellent care he received while in the community.
Paul is lovingly survived by his children, Paul Stevens Jr., Kimberly Hooben and her husband Gerald, and Kelly Reer and her husband John; as well as seven grandchildren: Joseph Rooney, Nicole Tomos, Matt Hooben, Alec Hooben, Mia Stevens, Julia Reer and Johnny Reer; and his siblings, Robert Stevens and Jane Molnar. He was predeceased by his wife, Betty Ann, in 2013.
Visiting hours will be Monday, June 3 from 4-8 pm at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, also at the funeral home. Cremation will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer's Association would be greatly appreciated by the Stevens family.
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