James W. Stevens passed away peacefully on 8-4-2017 with his loving wife, Winnie, by his side as well as his granddaughter, Katie. James was born to George and Alma Stevens on April 8, 1932 in East Greenbush, NY. Jim has lived in East Greenbush his whole life with the exception of serving four years in the Air Force during the Korean War and attending college at SUNY Canton, where he met his wife, Winnie. After he married Winnie, they moved back to the East Greenbush area, where he was an active member of the American Legion, The Knights of Columbus, and St. Mary's Parish.
Jim was a very loving, calm, and honest man with a great sense of humor. James dedicated his life to his family first and, second, to his career in the food service industry where he was known as one of the best. He often was invited to speak at conventions as well as colleges for young students entering the field of food service. His speeches inspired young adults as they entered into the industry that he was so passionate about.
Jim's intelligence and experience in the food service industry lead him to be the co-author of the books: Food Equipment Facts as well as The Manual of Equipment and Design for the Food Service Industry. He invented several items including the "Spoodle" and a mushroom based seasoning blend, and he always had new inventions in the works.
Jim loved NASCAR racing, Irish music, visiting diners, spending time with his family as well as a fond affection for Hudson automobiles.
He leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Winnie Stevens; his three children, George Palmer Stevens, Deborah Anne Van Dam (Steve) and Marc James Stevens; his two brothers, William Stevens and Edgar Stevens; his three grandchildren, Laura Stevens, Katie Stevens and Collin Stevens.
Friends and family are invited to attend his funeral Wednesday morning 9 o'clock from the Rockefeller funeral home 165 Columbia Tpk Rensselaer and 9:30 at The church of St Mary in Clinton Heights. Friends and family are invited to his calling hours Tuesday evening 4-7 at the funeral home. Donations may be The American Alzheimers Association 4 Pine West Plaza #405, Albany, NY 12205.