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Keith Stevens

Keith Oliver Stevens

Tuesday, September 30th, 1941 - Sunday, January 19th, 2020
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Obituary

KEITH OLIVER STEVENS
September 30, 1941 – January 19, 2020
Stevens, Keith Oliver – Passed away at the age of 78, in Halifax, NS. Born in Boutiliers Point, NS on September 30, 1941, Keith was a son of the late Victor A. and Esther G. Stevens, Boutiliers Point. Keith’s early years were spent in Boutiliers Point before the family moved to Fairview, NS. His formative years were spent in the Fairview/Armdale school system before attending Halifax Vocational School.
Keith joined the Halifax Police Department in 1965, retiring after 35 years of active duty, both as a uniformed policeman, and a detective. He was promoted to sergeant and headed a platoon in the Brava zone.
During his time in the HRM Police, Keith founded the Water Wheels scuba divers, teaching young men and women who were paraplegics, to scuba dive.
Keith’s family were first and foremost in his life. He made it known that they were loved and that he always had their back. In every situation, he looked out for them, telling each one that they were truly loved, unconditionally.
Keith enjoyed hunting, fishing, and canoeing, as well as scuba diving. The solitude of the woods and rivers of Nova Scotia became his haven, as he drank in the tranquility of nature. His father taught him the art of salmon fishing, and Saint Mary’s River and Lahave River became a sanctuary. He enjoyed the camaraderie of fishing with his father whom he greatly admired and later canoe trips with children, grandchildren and friends.
Keith was a born-again Christian and strove to live an exemplary life, knowing that he was being a role model for his family. Violet was his rock upon whom he depended and together, they built a loving home filled with laughter, fun, and adventure. Violet was simply his mainstay.
He is survived by his faithful and loving wife of 58 years, Violet (Pye); daughter Catherine Ann Boutilier (Vincent); sons Robert (Monica); Norman (Sandy); grandchildren Miranda Robinson (Bryce); Tyler; Josiah (Jody); Krysten; Haley and Mason; great-grandchildren Levi, Brielle, Brayan. Survived also by his sister, Judith Burgess (Dayrl); brothers, Victor (Karen Smith); Bruce (Jennifer); nieces, Darlene Stevens, Jennifer Burgess (Ron Murphy) and Jacqueline Burgess. Along with his parents, Keith was predeceased by nephew Victor E. Stevens.
Visitation will occur at Ronald A. Walker Funeral Home, 13549 Peggy’s Cove Road, Tantallon. Saturday, January 25, 2-5 pm. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm, Sunday, January 26 from Full Gospel Church, 2256 Larry Uteck Blvd., Bedford, NS. The family is grateful for the loving care of Dr. Howard Conter. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Souls Harbour Rescue Mission Halifax.
Online condolences can be made to www.rawalker.ca
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    When
    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Location
    Ronald A. Walker Funeral Home, Upper Tantallon
    Address
    13549 Peggys Cove Road
    Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia
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  • Service

    Sunday, January 26th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Sunday, January 26th, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Full Gospel Church
    Address
    2256 Larry Uteck Blvd
    Bedford, Nova Scotia
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David Arthur

Posted at 06:39pm
To Violet and Family: So sorry to hear of Keith's passing. Be assured my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Rev. David Arthur
 

Judith Stevens Burgess Posted at 07:25am

Thank you, Pastor Dave, for your kind words.

Carol Heard

Posted at 11:02am
Our condolences to the whole Stevens family. Keith truly was one-of-a-kind. I will always cherish my time with him teaching me to dive. He leaves a void, but he is dancing on streets of gold - with Ozzie and Helen, no less! Praying for you all.
Scott and Carol Heard

Larry Stevens

Posted at 11:01am
Dear Violet and Family,
My sincere condolences on the passing of Keith. Keith was a great family man and loving husband who had many experiences and adventures. He lived life to the fullest.
My thoughts and prayers are with you today.
Sincerely,
Larry Stevens
DM

Dolores Mitchell

Posted at 10:45am
Judy, I would like to offer my sincere condolences to you and your family.
Sincerely,
Dolores Mitchell
 
JB

Judith Stevens Burgess Posted at 10:18pm

Thank you, Dolores! I appreciated your comments and was so pleased to have the support of my Dignity Memorial family. Best regards, Judith Stevens Burgess
HE

Hilda and Eugene

Posted at 10:38am
IN MEMORY OF KEITH OLIVER STEVENS OUR CONDOLANCES ARE BEING SENT FOR ALL OF HIS FAMILY - WIFE VIOLET, DAUGHTER CATHERINE AND FAMILY, SONS ROBERT, AND NORMAN, WIVES AND CHILDREN, GRAND CHILDREN AND GREAT GRAND CHILDREN, SISTER JUDITH (DARYL) BURGESS, NIECE JENNIFER (RON MURPHY) BROTHERS - VICTOR (KAREN), NIECE DARLENE STEVENS, BROTHER BRUCE (JENNIFER) .

In this time of grief, words may not take away sorrow, but may you find comfort in knowing that LOVE LIVES ON FOREVER.
Eugene and Hilda Stevens and Family, Grace Patterson and son Paul Patterson.
 
JB

Judith Stevens Burgess Posted at 10:19pm

Thank you, Eugene and Hilda.
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