Wayne C. Stevens ’74

Wayne C. Stevens ’74 died on March 11, 2024, in China Village, Maine.

Wayne C. Stevens ’74

(The following was provided by the Central Maine on May 14, 2024:)

CHINA – Wayne C. Stevens, 72, born on November 17, 1951, in Waterville, peacefully left this world on March 11, 2024, with his wife and daughter by his side. He was the beloved son of Florence and Carroll Stevens and one of four siblings.

Wayne’s journey through life was marked by boundless love, compassion and unwavering dedication to his family and friends. He was a 1970 graduate of Waterville High School and was a stellar A-student athlete. He was a member of the National Honor Society and the starting goalie for the Purple Panthers from 1968-1970 and co-captain 1969-1970. During that time Waterville won two State Championships and two New England titles. He was also an “All Conference End” on his football team, played baseball and on the ski team. After receiving a letter from Bowdoin College admissions stating he was a promising candidate and they were interested in motivated high-ability students, Wayne applied and graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick in 1974 with a B.A. in Sociology.

Wayne worked at the Maine Central Railroad in Waterville for many years and then became owner/operator of D and S Industries through 1989. His compassion and unwavering dedication to the well-being of children led him to make a career change when he accepted a math and science teaching position at Buker Middle School in Augusta. He then went on to teach math and science at Medomak Middle School till his retirement.

Beyond his professional pursuits Wayne was blessed to reconnect with his high school hockey team friends last year. The bonds they created lasted a lifetime and he and Paula were so grateful for Mike, John, and Mark’s visits during his time at the hospital.

Wayne always found joy in his family life! He loved playing golf with his brother, Kirby, watching hockey and football, and being with his family. He and Paula welcomed their daughter in 1982, and she warmed his heart every day of his life. From 2013 to 2016 they were blessed with two grandchildren, Greyson and Grant. Wayne embraced his role of Baba, sharing his passions, reading and playtime with his beloved grandsons who became the light of his life.

Wayne was a great dad, husband, brother, Baba, uncle, and friend. He is and always will be sadly missed by his family and all who knew him.
Wayne was predeceased by his parents, Florence and Carroll Stevens; his baby sister, Judith A. Stevens, his brother, Kirby L. Stevens; his maternal grandparents, Fred J. and Grace Rancourt Nadeau, his paternal grandparents, Maurice and Gertrude Lord Stevens; and his brother-in-law, Scott Selwood.

He is survived by his loving wife of forty-three years, Paula; his daughter, Haley Stevens Arnold, and her husband, Craig, their two adoring grandchildren, Greyson and Grant Arnold; his sister, Jean Selwood; and many nieces and nephews.

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