Lorne Richard Stevens

Lorne Richard Stevens

Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Death 30 Jul 2003 (aged 38)
Windsor Locks, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Burial East Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 32107704 · View Source
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Lorne Richard Stevens of Enfield died Wednesday. He was 38.
He was born in Hartford and lived in Enfield for 11 years. He was employed at B&B Automotive in Windsor Locks for 11 years. He was a member of the Broad Brook Angling Club, the Connecticut Fly-fishing Association and was senior warden of the Morning Star Lodge A.F. & A.M., Warehouse Point. Besides his wife, Linda Scully DeAlba Stevens, he leaves her children, Joseph DeAlba and his fiancee, Deborah Stevenson, of Stafford Springs, and Rita DeAlba of New Hope, Pa.; his parents, Peter and Dorothy Sinclair Stevens of Broad Brook; a brother and his wife, Peter and Dale Stevens of Somers; four sisters, Norma Salmon and her husband, Robert of Broad Brook, Brenda Stevens of Jacksonville, Fla., Cynthia Stevens of Farmington and Lisa Stevens of Tolland; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Margaret Scully of East Windsor; three brothers-in-law, Michael Scully and his wife, Carolyn of Ellington, William Scully of Enfield and Robert Scully of Windsor Locks; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. The funeral is Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, Enfield. Burial will follow in Scantic Cemetery, East Windsor. Visiting hours are Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. with a Masonic service at 7:30 p.m. at the J.M. Bassinger Funeral Home, 37 Gardner St., East Windsor.

Donations may be made to the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, 20 North St., P.O. Box 887, Enfield, CT 06083-0887 or the Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut, P.O. Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492.

More than 200 people packed the steamy sanctuary of the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer Tuesday afternoon for the funeral of Lorne R. Stevens, one of three men killed last week at a car repair shop in Windsor Locks.

It was a solemn echo of Monday's service at a nearby United Methodist church for Robert Stears, one of the owners of B&B Automotive Inc., who also died in the unsolved crime. The other owner, Barry Rossi, is to be memorialized at 11 a.m. Thursday at Windsor Locks Congregational Church.

The church pastor, the Rev. Michael Coons, affirmed God's promise of life after death, but acknowledged the profound loss of family and friends. Naturally, he said, people ask "why?" when violence takes a good man.

"It's part of the process we all have to go through to try to make sense of the senseless," he said. "The answer is, I don't know. I don't know why God allowed Lorne to be taken from us like this."

The traditional Lutheran funeral liturgy, which begins with the sign of the cross and ends with the Lord's Prayer and benediction, offered repeated assurances that nothing can separate a believer from God's love. The service does not include personal eulogies that are commonly heard in other denominations.

"Even though he has suffered physical death, Lorne is alive ... and with Jesus Christ in heaven," Coons said. "Lorne lives in heaven. To a believer, death is but a gate to life eternal."

Stevens, who died at age 38, had worked at B&B for the past 11 years. He leaves his wife, Linda, and her two children. Friends and customers said the three and Leslie A. Hinkley III of Windsor Locks - - an employee who was away from the shop at the time of the shooting -- had been fast friends as well as co-workers.

As the congregation left the church, a kilted bagpiper sounded a mournful tune in dissonance with the organ still playing inside. Mourners then climbed into their cars for the trip to the East Windsor, where burial took place at Scantic Cemetery.

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