NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Robert "Bob" T. Stephens, a longtime resident of New Rochelle, died Aug. 31 at Sound Shore Medical Center, surrounded by his family. He was 76.
Born Sept. 25, 1935, in White Plains, he was the son of Percy and Mary Doherty Stephens. He graduated from Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains and served in the Navy from 1953 to 1956. He attended the Teterboro Academy of Aeronautics and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he majored in history.
Stephens was a decorated 20-year veteran of the New York City Police Department, retiring as a sergeant in the anti-crime unit of the 25th Precinct in East Harlem. He was a member of the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association and New Rochelle Irish Benevolent Society.
An avid student of American and Irish history, Stephens was a skilled carpenter and a dedicated gardener at his home on Union Street in New Rochelle for the past five decades. He was never happier than when he supervised his grandchildren’s annual harvesting of his prized tomatoes in the late summer sun, his family said.
Visitation is from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Lloyd Maxcy Beauchamp Chapel in New Rochelle. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Blessed Sacrament Church in New Rochelle. Burial will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph's Care Center, 30 Montgomery Circle, New Rochelle, NY 10804.