F. Leighton Stevens, 85, of 80th Street, who had worked as a chrome iron molder and machine operator in the research and development department for Union Carbide for 34 years, died Saturday (Aug. 22, 1998) in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston.
He was born in Niagara Falls and lived here all of his life. In addition, he was a member of the first graduating class of North Junior High School and attended the old Cleveland Avenue School.
During his younger years, Stevens was a grocery clerk and meat cutter at the former A&P Grocery stores and had worked at the former Mohican Market on Niagara Avenue.
In 1936, he worked for the Davey Tree Expert Co. as a tree surgeon and worked throughout the eastern part of the country. In 1941 he started working for Union Carbide Metals, where he worked as a chrome iron molder and machine operator in the research and development department on Royal Avenue. He retired in 1975.
Stevens became a member of St. James United Methodist Church in 1924 and was also a member of the Niagara Frontier Masonic Lodge, F&AM, for more than 50 years. He was raised to Master Mason in 1944 and was the recipient of the Dedicated Services Award. He also helped to found the Masonic Bowling League.
Survivors include his wife, the former Lois Dixon; three stepsons, Mark Shea of Youngstown, Grant Shea of Spencerport and Norman Shea of Haggerstown, Mo.; and 10 stepgrandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. James Methodist Church, 4661 Porter Road. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lewiston.[kwlk]