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Bruce H. Stever

Bradford, Vt. — Bruce H. Stever of Bradford died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Memorial Hospital of a major heart attack.

Bruce was born April 18, 1934, in Brattleboro, Vt., the son of Harold Clark and Beatrice (Prescott) Stever. The family moved to Bradford in 1936. This has been his home ever since. He attended Bradford schools, graduating from Bradford Academy in 1952 and N.H. Technical Institute in 1954.

On July 8, 1956, he married Martina Day of Piermont, N.H.

He worked as Service and Parts Manager briefly at Lamontagne Motors and Perry’s Garage, then at Blake Chevrolet for 28 years. He was manager of Stever’s Car Wash until his retirement in 1992.

He played trumpet in a dance band, The Rythmaires, in the 50’s and 60’s.

He was a charter member of the Connecticut Valley Jaycees, serving as Vice President. He was one of the founders and a director of the Connecticut Valley Development Corporation. He served as a Village Trustee from 1968 – 1980. He is a 63 year member of the Bradford Congregational U.C.C. where he served as a Trustee of Trust Funds. He has received his 55 year pin from Charity Lodge #43 F & M of Bradford. He is also a member of the Bradford Community Club and was President for five years. He and his wife were members of the 251 Club and had visited 213 Vermont towns.

He was predeceased by his parents, sister Joan Bednarski and sister-in-law Nancy Day Taplin.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Martina; daughter, Cynthia Maurice and her husband, Raymond of Bradford; three sons, Clark and his wife, Beth of Vergennes, Michael and Jackie of Bradford, David and Lisa of Williston; five grandchildren, Melissa, Timothy Jerry and wife, Nicole, Athena and Natalia Stever and Brianna Pelletier; two great grandchildren, Aubrey and Conner Jerry; brother, Melvin Stever and wife, Shirley; brother-in-law, Kenneth Taplin; and several nieces and nephews and cousins.

A celebration of Bruce’s life will be held at the Bradford Congregational Church UCC Monday, Aug. 12, at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the family plot in Sawyer Cemetery at a later date. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Bradford Fast Squad PO Box 339 c/o Town Office Bradford, Vt. 05033. Condolences may be sent to the Stever Family 147 High Street, Bradford, VT 05033.

Hale Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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