Bill Stephenson passed away on 13 Sept. 2011. He was born 22 Jan., 1940, in New York City and lived on Long Island for most of his life. He moved to Florida in 1991 and lived in Ft. Pierce for the last 13 years.
He was a retired nuclear power engineer. He served in the Navy for 16 years, including four years in the Naval Academy. He was a lieutenant in the Navy, having served on both the USS Dace and USS Nautilus submarines.
After retiring, he made his way back to water and had recently purchased a boat. He was a member of the Vero Beach Power Squadron, the Vero Beach Yacht Club and the St. Lucie Sheriff’s Volunteer Auxillary. One of his favorite activities was teaching young children to sail through the Vero Beach Youth Sailing Foundation.
Bill is survived by son Matthew W. Stephenson and daughter-in-law Kristen P. Stephenson of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; daughter April S. Toms and son-in-law Brian A. Toms of Dunwoody, Ga.; and four grandchildren who fondly called him his favorite name, “Grandpa Willie.”
He was a dedicated father, grandfather and friend. He will be missed terribly and remembered fondly by all who knew him.