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Robert G. Stephens

September 8, 2016
Lake Placid News

Robert G. Stephens of Hilton, New York, and Lake Placid died Aug. 31, 2016.

Bob was born March 31, 1937, in Annapolis, Maryland, to George R. and Muriel B. Stephens.

He spent his early childhood at West Point Military Academy before going off to Northwood School in Lake Placid. He still is the only athlete from there to letter in five varsity sports in one year. He then went to Ithaca College, graduating with his degree and being named to Who's Who of College Students.

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Following college, he enlisted in the Army and started his illustrious 30-year career. He taught at Hilton High School for 30 years, helping start the football program and bringing in girls sports. In 2004, he was the recipient of both the Northwood School Alumni Community Award and the Lake Placid Ambulance Volunteer of the Year Award. In 2012, he was the recipient of the James P. Fullerton Award. In 2013, he received the U.S. flag that was flown over the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in his honor for 30 years.

Bob was predeceased by both parents, his first wife Carol and his sister D'Arcy.

He is survived by his wife Lilla; his children Robert Jr. (Choi-ling) Stephens, Beth (Chris) Cassidy, Karen Stephens, Gordon Stephens, Sue (Gary) Watson, Bill (Margo) MacNeil and Katy (Pete) Nestor; his grandchildren: Shaun Nestor, Mark Robert Stephens, Nicholas Stephens, Jessica Gardner, Dustin Gardner, Kelly Watson, Tyler Watson and Caroline Schultz; and his great-grandchildren Nolan and Isabelle.

Calling hours were held Tuesday, Sept. 6 at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home Inc., 735 East Ave., Hilton. Bob's funeral service was held Wednesday, Sept. 7 at Hilton Baptist Church, 50 Lake Ave., Hilton. Burial followed with military honors in Parma Union Cemetery. A memorial service will take place in Lake Placid at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 107, Lake Placid, NY 12946 or Northwood Alumni Association, 92 Northwood Rd., Lake Placid, NY 12946.



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