Obituary – Rudolph Victor Stevens

Rudolph Victor Stevens – Age 81.

It is with great sadness that the family of Rudolph Stevens shares the news of his passing on May 28, 2020. He passed peacefully in the QEII Health Sciences Centre knowing he was surrounded by love. Rudolph lived his entire life on Big Tancook Island and was proud to call the Island home. He was a proud member of the Tancook Island Ferry crew for 25 years, acting as Captain on the William G. Ernst for much of those years. He loved everything about the great outdoors and spent most of his leisure time hunting, fishing, and gardening. He never missed a deer hunting season, an opportunity to be out in a boat or a harvest season where he always had enough bounty from his garden to share with every-one he knew. The only thing better than all of the incredible meals he enjoyed as a result of his efforts were the stories he had to tell about the adventures involved in each excursion. No one could tell a story like Rudolph. Every person included had a nickname and every detail was vividly described. Even if you’d heard the story before, it was still worth a listen because you knew you’d be laughing by the end.

In his own words, Rudolph said at the end “I lived a good, long life and have nothing to complain about” and if you’ve heard his stories, you know this to be true but we’re all still heartbroken to let him go. Rudolph leaves behind his beloved wife, Teresa; son, Dana; daughter, Renee; cherished grandson, Myles; brother, Theodore (Sharon); and niece and nephews, Shelley Banks (Stewart), Derek Stevens (Diana), Ron Archibald (Vicki). He was predeceased by his parents, Vincent and Elsie Stevens; and his first wife, Nancy Stevens. We would like to thank the dedicated nurses and doctors at QEII Health Sciences Centre and his family physician Dr. Dobek for all of their care over the years, as well as the first responders on Tancook Island. Donations in Rudolph’s memory can be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Cremation has taken place and funeral arrangements entrusted to Davis Funeral Home in Chester. Online condolences may be made to: A burial and celebration of life will be planned for a later date when restrictions on public gatherings are loosened.

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