June 3, 1926 – Aug. 7, 2013
John A. Stevens Jr., of North Boston, a retired Buffalo Schools engineer, died Aug. 7 in Mercy Hospital after a short illness. He was 87.
Born in Buffalo, he attended Technical High School and enlisted in the Navy at age 17. He served in the Pacific in World War II aboard the USS San Diego, the first ship into Tokyo Bay after the Japanese surrender in 1945. He received 15 battle stars.
Returning from service, he worked for a Studebaker dealer, then was an air conditioning engineer in the Bethlehem Steel Corp. office building in Woodlawn.
He became an engineer in the Buffalo schools in 1972 and worked in Schools 50, 82 and 17 before retiring in 1991.
Mr. Stevens was a member of Lackawanna Lodge 566, Free & Accepted Masons, and Royal Arch Masons. He also was a past patron of Lackawanna Chapter 502, Order of the Eastern Star.
He was a member of Boston Young at Heart and Churchill Memorial United Methodist Church. A former Boy Scout, he assisted with Troop 166, where two of his sons became Eagle Scouts. He attended many reunions and events with his USS San Diego shipmates, including the dedication of the memorial to the ship in San Diego.
In retirement, he and his wife traveled to 49 states and maintained a winter home in Frostproof, Fla.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, the former Margaret Blair; two sons, Blair and Craig; a daughter, Margee Brownfield; and three sisters, Dawn Chatfield, Jeanette and Joy Richardson.
Graveside services were held Thursday in Hillcrest Cemetery, Hamburg.