Thomas C. Stevens

April 30, 1943March 17, 2021

Thomas Chapman Stevens, 77, of Oneonta, passed away on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at his home on Goodyear Lake, with his loving family by his side.

He was born April 30, 1943, in Columbus, OH son of the late John O. and Janet (Chapman) Stevens.

Tom taught Science and Health for 17 years at Milford Central School. He was also a Shooting instructor for the National Shooting Sports Foundation for men and women. During his tenure at Milford School,

Tom was very active in coaching basketball and other sports teams. He was an avid fisherman he also loved to hunt and was a true outdoorsman. who taught and passed on his skills to his wife, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Tom continued to do all of these activities even when confronted by Muscular Dystrophy in his early 30’s. He always remained positive and upbeat and always managed to be a sharp dressed man no matter what the occasion. He also enjoyed trips to the casinos with his wife and therapy dog Goldie by his side. Above all, Tom cherished his family and enjoyed spending all of the time he possibly could with them. Carleen is notorious for saying “everyone loves Tom”! He was the Santa Clause of his household. Sharing his inner joy and the love of life. Tom shared his inner strength for God and his country. He lived life to the fullest.

He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Carleen Mitchell Stevens, of Oneonta; his children; Matthew Thomas Stevens and his wife Anne (Cookie) of Keene, NH; Adam John Mitchell and his wife Meloney Dunning of Indianapolis, IN; his daughter Jennifer Jon Sauvola and her husband Lyle of Rindge, NH; his sister Francine Bailey and her husband Robert of Oneonta and his brother, William Stevens and his wife Donna of Oneonta; his 15 loving grandchildren and 7 loving great grandchildren. Tom is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Tom was predeceased by his spouse, Dale Sandford Stevens. He was also predeceased by his daughter, Sarah Allison Buffum and his grandson, Phoenix Jude Dunning Mitchell.

The family would like to give a special thanks to his caregiver Angela Palmer and all of the other caregivers and special friends who were so helpful to Tom throughout his journey.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Graveside Committal Service for Tom on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 2 PM in Glenwood Cemetery, Oneonta, NY.

Memorial donations may be made to Helios Care, Inc., 297 River Street Service Road, Oneonta, New York 13820 in loving memory of Thomas Chapman Stevens.

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Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Graveside Memorial Service

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021

  • Virtual LIVE STREAM Service

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021



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Dennis Weaver

March 25, 2021

My Heart goes out to Tom's Family, who I loved dearly as my Wonderful Basketball Coach from 1966-1969. He will always be in my memory as the Greatest Basketball coach, to me. He is with God now. Thank you for everything, Tom, you will surely be missed.

With condolences,
Dennis Weaver

Dianne and Bob Willitts

March 23, 2021

Heaven now has a new and beautiful soul. We always felt like royalty when visiting with Tom and Carleen. I'm so lucky to call them family.
No one, who met Tom, could forget him. He was always a warm and loving person. He fought his disease like no other could, with Carleen at his side, always.
Our condolences to the family.

Elaine Bliss

March 23, 2021

My deepest sympathy goes out to Tom's family. Tom and I went all through school and graduated together. He was a great guy and have many fond memories of our school years. He will be missed. Hold all your memories close.

Terry Lifgren

March 22, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Betsy andTerry Lifgren

Meredith Knight

March 22, 2021

I have so many warm & loving memories of Tom aka 'Dad Tom' which I so often heard Sarah say when we visited their home in Ipswich. Tom was always so welcoming and I'll never forget the smell of his pipe...just writing this brings tears to my eyes as I take a walk down memory lane. I'll miss you Tom & thank you for your kindness and for all the fabulous memories.

Sending love & comfort to Carleen, Jenn, Matt & Adam

Love, Meredith

Pete Buel

March 21, 2021

I thought of a photo someone had given me years ago and thought I'd share. It was likely Dale who took the picture of me and their son Matt before one of our basketball games. It looks like I'm playing camera-shy, but the little guy sure wasn't. Sharp dressed little man. Thought I'd throw it on here for the family to enjoy. It's been many years, but I'm pretty sure this was Coach's son. Probably taken winter of 1973-74.

Elva Manee

March 20, 2021

I remember that Tom taught science, but more importantly influenced lives. In the 70s, locally, more women were entering the workforce than previously. I remember one day he asked us to raise our hands if our mothers worked outside the home. We were a farm family so I did not raise my hand. Tom said, “Elva, you need to raise your hand. Your mother works very hard. “ That made me proud and had a huge impact on me at a formative age.

Casey Eckler

March 20, 2021

Mr. Stevens was a great teacher and a good man. He will be missed by so many whom he has impacted over the years. Thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and former students!

Fa Arno

March 20, 2021

Such a wonderful man Tom Stevens - Handsome inside and out! He loved all 4 of us sisters - 4 different ways - he had the ability to make you feel special in his world. I close my eyes and can see the sparkle in his eyes and feel the love from his heart - I open my eyes to a tear and know how his love covered so many of us - dear Tom - Rest In Peace.

Jennifer Kirkpatrick

March 20, 2021

I adored Mr Steven’s and his first wife, Dale. Mrs. Steven’s once told me that she and Mr Steven’s loved my name so much, that is where they got the idea to name their daughter, Jennifer. I remember dancing to “we will rock you” in Mrs Steven’s class room!
Mr Stevens was my home room teacher for 2 years. Back then, home room was 50 minutes long. He was always so sweet! Never a harsh word, no matter how unruly we were!!
I was always honored to share a birthday with him as well.
The world lost an amazing man 💕✨💕