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Robert L. Stephenson

February 14, 2021

Robert L. Stephenson IIRobert L. Stephenson II, 52, Watertown passed away Sunday, February 14, 2021, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Syracuse.

Rob was born in Watertown on June 3, 1968, son of Robert L. and Susan Staie Stephenson and he was a 1986 graduate of Indian River Central School. On April 21, 2001 he married Tonia L. Gray in Cape Vincent.

He served NYSDOCS for 25 years, retiring from Cape Vincent Correctional Facility in February 2018. He owned and operated TR Construction from 2006 until his death. Rob was a skilled contractor in all aspects of construction. It didn't matter where he was, he would rise to the occasion for family and friends.

Rob was a member of the Airport Christian Fellowship. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish. In his younger days, he played hockey and football, and as he got older, he went on to coach his son's hockey team. He never missed his children's sporting events. He enjoyed working on cars and watching NASCAR, following Dale Earnhardt throughout his career.

His loving family will always remember his undying loyalty, unfailing love, integrity, and being a man of his word. Family and friends will also remember him always as a jokester. He always made time for his family, friends, and his beloved dogs, Cabella and Bentley, who miss him dearly. Family was everthing to Rob. He will forever be the love of Tonia's life and the perfect role model for his children and grandchildren.

Along with his wife, Tonia, Rob is survived by his mother Susan (John) Bush, Croghan; son Gavin R. Stephenson, Brownville; two stepchildren, Christopher Grant, Cape Vincent and Britton Grant, Brownville; two grandchildren, Alayna Grant, whom he was helping to raise and Bobby Brotherton IV, Carthage; four siblings, Bobbi Anne Campbell, Alexandria Bay, Monica (Chris) Kampnich, Croghan, Colleen Richardson, Watertown, and Norman (Brandi) Stephenson, Baldwinsville; father-in-law Donald "Bud" Gray, Clayton; grandmother-in-law Dorothy E. Gray, Theresa; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Rob was predeceased by his father, stepmother Elaine Stephenson, stepdaughter Ashley Grant, and mother-in-law Carol A. Gray.

Calling hours will be held at Airport Christian Fellowship, 17315 NYS Rt. 12F, Dexter on Friday, February 19, from 11 AM - 2 PM followed by the funeral service at the church. Masks and social distancing are required for attendance to the services. Please note that the church is proactive dealing with Covid, so temperatures will be taken and the special ventilation will be on.

Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown and online condolences to Rob's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to either Anchor Recovery Center of NNY, 241 State St., Watertown, NY 13601 or American Heart Assoc., 2 S. Clinton St. #305, Syracuse, NY 13202.


#29 tony soluri 2021-03-03 10:26
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#28 raechel l pitts 2021-02-19 12:13
To the entire family we want to send our most heartfelt condolences. So sorry we're unable to be there. Robert was a wonderful son, stepson and stepbrother. His passing is a great loss to everyone who knew him. You are in our prayers. Raechel and Steve Pitts Family
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#27 Wendy roberts 2021-02-19 09:27
Tonia and family I am so sorry for your loss you have been through hell and back and always kept moving to the top you are the strongest lady I know may you get trough this as well you all have a stronger angel now watching over you love you all sending hugs
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#26 Jennifer Augliano 2021-02-19 08:43
Tonia and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Many prayers for comfort and peace during this difficult time.
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#25 Walter Paddock 2021-02-18 14:49
My deepest sympathy to the entire Robert Stephenson family.I apologize for not being able to personally pay my respects.
I was fortunate enough to work with Robert in school and on the football field. Robert was a great teammate and an extremely hard worker. I can still see the touchdown pass Robert caught in a critical game we needed to win to be the league champions. I feel I was very fortunate to have known Robert and to have been able to work with him.
Walt Paddock
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#24 Rae-Anne 2021-02-18 12:47
Tonia sending you my heartfelt condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. My heart breaks for you hugs to you
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#23 George sepko 2021-02-18 12:36
So sorry for your loss , Rob was a great guy , such a sad day
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#22 Mr. Augliano 2021-02-17 21:32
Alayna, Tonia, Britton, and family - Sorry for your loss and my thoughts are with you.
Mr. Augliano
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#21 Bonnie Topping 2021-02-17 20:00
Tonia ... my heart breaks for you and the family. I was sad to hear that Rob had passed . Keeping you in my prayers and sending hugs. Rob was such a very nice man .
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#20 Kris Parish Turan 2021-02-17 16:19
Tonia and family,
I am so sorry you all lost such a wonderful person from your lives. May you all take comfort in your memories and remember all the love he had for you. Keeping you all in my prayers. God Bless you all,
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