Francis Stevens

Francis J. "Fran" Stevens

Sunday, October 29th, 1933 - Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
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“He has no enemies because he knows not how to make them.”
Francis J. Stevens, 86, husband of Sandra (Chowaniec) Stevens, of Rocky Hill, passed away February 19, 2020 in the West Haven VA Medical Center. He was born in Hartford, son of the late Francis and Julia (Hayes) Stevens. Fran was a graduate of Wethersfield High School and after graduation served in the US Army as Military Police, stationed in Germany. He worked as a carpenter, building homes with Newt Griswold, and as a Firefighter for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, before leaving to start his own business, the Pantry Shelf Grocery in Rocky Hill. Fran later worked for Connecticut Transit Company as a Night Foreman. He was a Horse Show Dad, hauling the horses to shows and helping groom them. Fran had a true love for his children and grandchildren, helping to fix things and working in the yard and around the pool. The true strength of their family was in his relationship with his wife of 60 years, Sandra.
Besides his wife, Fran leaves his children, Kelly Carone and her husband Jon, of Rocky Hill, Kristie Stevens of Middlebury, Fran Stevens and his wife Lisa of Rocky Hill, Tim Stevens and his wife Christie of Rocky Hill and Kathleen Stevens of Pilot Point, TX. He will also be fondly remembered by his grandchildren, Karlee Carone, Aiden Stevens, Macklin Stevens, Caleb Stevens, Emma Stevens, Abagail Trowbridge and Evan Trowbridge, who knew him as “Papa.” Fran was predeceased by his daughter Kristie’s partner, Mert Sartre.
A Celebration of Fran’s life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, 950 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, Connecticut, 06516-2770, The Horseman’s Distress Fund, 236 Henry Sanford Road, Bridgewater, CT 06752 or The Rocky Hill Historical Society, PO Box 185, Rocky Hill, CT 06067-0185.
The Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Wethersfield has care of the arrangements. To extend condolences, or for further information, please visit
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    Bow Lane
    Middletown, CT 06457
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Pam Civiello

Posted at 02:10pm
Dear Kelly, Fran, and Family
I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. I heard so much about your Dad and his vibrant personality, even though I had never met him personally. I want you to know your family is in my thoughts and prayers during your difficult time. I am thinking of you. Sincerely Pam Civiello.

Janice Palmer

Posted at 05:43pm
Dear Sandy and family,
We are so very sad to hear of Frans passing. We pray that you find comfort in the good memories you shared throughout the years. Know that he is in a place far more beautiful and peaceful and he is resting easy in the arms of our Lord.
Peace to your hearts.
Janice and Jim Palmer

Amy McGuire

Posted at 05:31pm
Kelly and family. I did not know Mr. Stevens but my boyfriend Steve worked with him for over 20 years. Steve has been telling me stories and all of them are about how everyone loved Mr. Stevens. I have been reading Kelly's posts on Facebook and you can feel, from the tributes, how much he was loved and how much he loved his family. God bless.

Steven Brainard

Posted at 12:06pm
Kelly, Jon, and Family I am very sorry to hear of Frans passing. I worked with Fran for over 20 years at Ct Transit. I also remember Fran from the Pantry Shelf store. He was a great man and will be missed. Sincerely Steve Brainard.


Posted at 10:44am
I have known Farn and his family for 35 years . We have been close to him in the hytime Carpinella family barn for ever. Fran always was quiet but funny and just worked worked worked never even stoping to eat. He loved being around his family and will truly be missed by many. A man of men and a heart of glold has passed. A true legend he was . God bless his family too

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