He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert F. Jr. and Gail Stephens of Mattapoisett, Mass.; a daughter and son-in-law, Laurie Stephens and Douglas Ward of Hood River, Ore.; his six grandchildren, Kerry Martin (married to Brad Martin), Robert Tate (married to Marie Tate), Grace and Marina Stephens, and Ryan and Casey Ward; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late Cathleen Stephens-Ellis of Virginia, and Kelly Stephens of Indonesia; and brother of the late John W. Stephens.
ARRANGEMENTS: A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in his memory to the Kelly Elizabeth Stephens Endowment Scholarship Fund, Boston University School of Education, Two Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215. Assisting the family is the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, Mass.