Samuel H. Stevenson
1936 ∼ 2020
Lt. Col Samuel Stevenson, USMC (Ret)
Samuel H. Stevenson of West Tisbury died at his home on February 15. He was 83 years old. Sandy, as he was referred to was born in New York City, New York on August 12, 1936 the first of 3 children of Robert Alston Stevenson Jr and Georgina Woods Stevenson. As a boy he lived in New York City and spent summers at the family home in West Tisbury. It was here, at the vineyard that he learned his love of sailing. When home on summer break from school he worked summers sailing boats to and from Florida and working for Mr. Goodale. He loved to reminisce about his summers on the vineyard as a child and young adult.
He began his education at The Allen – Stevenson School in New York, NY and transferred to Choate College Preparatory graduating in 1954 . After graduating from Choate he entered Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY to study biomechanical engineering. While at RPI he met his bride Kathleen Marseilles Selover who attended Russell Sage, in Troy NY. After his graduation at RPI with the Class of 1957 he married his college sweetheart Kathleen M. Selover on February 14, 1958. After a short honeymoon, he returned to enter the United States Marine Corp in March, 1958 as a Second Lieutenant. He served 18 years and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V”, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with 4*; Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star. He served over seas in Okinawa, Japan and Vietnam.
After retiring from the Marine Corps, Sam remained in Northern Virginia and worked as a Defense Contractor. In 1988 he retired and returned to the family home in West Tisbury. After his return to the island he worked as a bookkeeper/accountant. He passed the Special Enrollment Examination of the IRS in 1986 and Open Stevenson Tax Service. He and Kathleen were devoted members at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Over the years on the vineyard he could be found at the early morning men’s “coffee talk” at Conroy’s Apothecary and making his 10th daily trip to the Post Office. Over the past couple years he enjoyed his time being at home, in the solitude of Indian Hill Road.
He is predeceased by his wife Kathleen. He is survived by his two children Scott and Rebecca and his two grandchildren, Ryan and Shannon. He is predeceased by his sister Gina S. McEnany.
Interment will be private in West Tisbury, with a celebration of life to be at a later date.
Donations can be made to Martha’s Vineyard Hospice; hospiceofmv.org or PO Box 748, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.