Edward Stephens, III

Edward Stephens, III, 76, passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2020.

He was the husband of Marilyn O. (Adey) Stephens to whom he was married for 54 years.

Born in Somerville, MA, he was a son of the late Edward and Ellamae (Russell) Stephens, Jr.

Mr. Stephens was a decorated Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a 1966 graduate of Norwich University in Vermont where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business. He was a sales represented for Shell Oil  for 10 years. Following his employment with Shell Oil, he worked in commercial printing as a salesman for 35 years before retiring.

Besides his wife he leaves two daughters, Laurel S. Rosa and her husband Stephen of Rehoboth, Rebecca L. Springer and her husband Damian of Rehoboth,two sons, Edward Stephens, IV and his wife Cindy of Mendon, MA and Adam Stephens of Rehoboth, eight grandchildren, Damian, Ryan, Olivia, Alexis, Samantha, Linsey, Ella and Charlie, three great grandchildren, Julia, Levi and Aviana, sister-in-law’s, Carrol Stephens, Beverly Reber and her husband Marshall, brother-in-law, Richard Adey and his wife Virginia and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Douglas Stephens.

His funeral services will be private. Donations in Edward’s memory can be made to Hope Hospice and Palliative Care Rhode Island, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904.

The Funeral Service will livestream at the appropriate time.



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26 entries.
Tim and Mary Paulhus from Naples, FL wrote on October 26, 2020 at 10:09 am
Mary and I are so sad to hear the news of Ed's passing. Ed was the ultimate model of a positive spirit. It was always uplifting to be in his presence. I learned much from Ed for the few years I worked with him. May you soon be comforted Marilyn, along with your entire family, from your many beautiful memories of your precious moments with Ed.
Dan Adams from Lakeland, wrote on October 21, 2020 at 4:55 pm
We are saddened to lose a dear friend,I will.miss our afternoon talks and that hearty laugh.A new friend in Sandpiper who I will miss .
Dan Adams from Lakeland, wrote on October 21, 2020 at 4:50 pm
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Peter Wonson "66" from Essex, MA wrote on October 21, 2020 at 9:54 am
Robert Mutch Jane Rubin from St. Catharines wrote on October 19, 2020 at 11:51 am
Goodbye to a good friend. We are very sad at his passing. Our sincere condolences to his dear wife Marilyn and family.
Kenny Bluteau from Hertford wrote on October 17, 2020 at 5:25 pm
What sad news to hear. I didn't have a lot of interactions with Ed but he was always a class act when we did. I enjoyed spending time with Ed at our 50th reunion. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to the entire family. RIP my friend.
Joe Milano from Boston wrote on October 17, 2020 at 1:26 pm
I am heartbroken at the lose of a dear friend. I would call or text daily during his illness. Ed, if he was able to or Marilyn would faithfully update us. To the Boys of ‘66, we lost a loyal and beloved brother. On Sunday morning, I text Marilyn that we were offering our Mass for our Amigo not to give up the fight. You are with God, looking over your brothers. We send our love and prayers to Marilyn and their loving family. God bless 🙏
Jacob Peter Sartz III from Amesbury wrote on October 17, 2020 at 10:20 am
Ed was one of the best - as nice a guy as there ever was. And he was wonderful in helping Joe Milano with our class reunions. My last memories of Ed are him at the Stoweflake keeping our class parties organized. God rest you Ed, you were great.
Albert Molter, Jr from San Antonio wrote on October 17, 2020 at 12:20 am
Shockd! Simply, shocked! A wonderful friend from our freshman year and beyond; a tireless worker, and always looked forward to the reunions to catch up. I'll miss you, Ed
Robert J. Shannon, '66 from Millville, NJ wrote on October 16, 2020 at 8:39 pm
Ed was a gentleman and a dedicated worker for the Class of '66. I will miss his spirit.
Kurt Schlotterbeck from St. Augustine, Fl wrote on October 16, 2020 at 7:28 pm
Ed was a beloved classmate from Norwich. We served in Vietnam and enjoyed each other’s company at reunions. Sorry that we had no reunion this year. Ed was one of the good guys and will be missed very much.
Robert W Verge from Mirror Lake NH wrote on October 16, 2020 at 5:51 pm
Condolences to the family. Captain 69 hockey team.
John Chadis from Newton, MA wrote on October 16, 2020 at 1:58 pm
A wonderful person, who will be remembered fondly by everyone he touched. A blessing and a privilege to have worked and laughed with him.
Robert Corriveau from Naples wrote on October 15, 2020 at 4:10 pm
I have many fond memories of my years of experience spent with Ed, both professionally and socially. He is one who I could truly call a gentleman and am proud to have been one of his friends.
Don and Sheila Smith from Lakeland wrote on October 15, 2020 at 9:09 am
We're sorry to say we only had the pleasure of knowing Ed for a few short years. But once you met him, you had a great friend. Always willing to help, share a story, share a laugh, to check to see how your day was going. The world lost a special, kind, giving, generous man, heaven gained one. Marilyn, children and extended family our thoughts and prayers are with you. RIP our friend
Bob and Linda McHenry from Lakeland wrote on October 14, 2020 at 5:51 pm
We met Ed and Marilyn through mutual friends when they moved to Sandpiper. Ed was a kind, funny and tender hearted man who we feel grateful to have known and we will miss him.
Andrew Delli Carpini from Smithfield wrote on October 14, 2020 at 5:25 pm
We are so saddened to hear of Ed’s passing. We have been praying for him these past few months, and hoping he would recover, but unfortunately, he did not. Only having known him for the last few years, I would always look forward to our talks about anything and everything. He was truly a wonderful person, who cared more for others than himself, and was always willing to lend a hand. We will miss him greatly. My deepest condolences to the entire Stephen’s family, hopefully the wonderful memories will someday replace the tremendous sorrow you must feel now. RIP my friend.
Julia Meylor Simpson from Groton, CT wrote on October 14, 2020 at 10:57 am
So sad to hear this. When I worked at Amica, my team and I always enjoyed our projects with Ed, especially our Thanksgiving card. He was a perfectionist and the best of the best. He always loved to share a great story that made us all laugh. My condolences to his family -- it was obvious how much he loved you all. Blessings.
Kevin Buckley from Abington wrote on October 14, 2020 at 10:28 am
It was a pleasure to have called Ed my friend. The nicest, kindest person you could ever meet. God bless him and his family.
Jima and Joan Smith from Lakeland wrote on October 14, 2020 at 10:12 am
Joan and I had the privilege of being friends with Ed for almost forty years. Our hearts are simply broken at his loss. Ed was one of the best people we have ever known. His endearing charm, addictive personality and ability to make people laugh, made him very special. We will miss everything about Ed and the void in our lives will last a lifetime. God bless and keep this wonderful soul.