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OBITUARY

Alexander "Sam" Herbert Stevenson

November 14, 1933May 3, 2020

Alexander (Sam) Herbert Stevenson

Born in Winnipeg, MB November 14, 1933 gently passed on May 3, 2020 with his loved ones at his side. Predeceased by his mother (Sylvia), father (Alexander), brother (Robert), nephew (Rob) and mother of his children Joan Berry. Survived by his children David (Pam), Ken, Len and Denise; and his former wife, Jean Donnachie; his granddaughters Mikaela, Courtney, Samantha and Danika. Nieces and nephews, Cliff, Sylvia (Dan), Mike (Shelly) and Angela and many more cousins, nieces and nephews.

With his father serving overseas during the Second World War he spent his childhood between Vancouver College and St. Louis College in Victoria. He and his brother Bob grew up fast becoming the men of the house. He kept in touch with his college chums throughout his life. His working career started as a logging surveyor on Vancouver Island and as a cook on a fishing boat. In 1952 he joined the RCAF and became a Military Policeman. After employment on varied unit duties at Stations in Goose Bay, Labrador; Sea Island and Holberg, British Columbia and Lars, Germany.

On returning to Canada in 1959, he had a brief tour at St Jean, Quebec, Aylmer and Camp Bordon, Ontario. In 1964 he was posted to Comox, BC, during this period he graduated from the Canadian Police College at RCMP Depot Division, Regina, Saskatchewan. He rose through the ranks holding many senior staff positions in LaMacaza, Que, Ottawa, Ont, Winnipeg, MB and Trenton, Ont.

He was promoted to Colonel in 1985 and appointed Director of Security and Security Branch Advisor. In 1986 on elevation of the Directorate to a Division where he remained as Director General in Ottawa until his retirement in 1988. He was truly admired by his colleagues whom most became great friends.

During retirement he remained active on the executive of the Canadian Intelligence and Security Association as the Pacific Region Representative. He was also appointed an Honorary Member of the Canadian Provost Corp Association. Sam was a true family man and gentleman who loved and adored his family and friends. He had a quick dry humour that would leave you laughing until it hurt. He had a passion for Dixieland and Jazz and became President and lifetime member of Vancouver Dixie Land Jazz Society. He said it was the beat of the music that followed him.

No words can explain the depths of this man, he will be forever missed.

A celebration of life to follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers please send any donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation BC and/ or Cancer Society in memory of Alexander (Sam) Stevenson.

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Ed Pfahl

May 28, 2020

My condolences to the Stevenson family. I was saddened to hear of the passing of “Col Sam” and I am very sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of Sam.

I first met and worked with Sam in Morocco in 1956 where we patrolled the streets of Rabat with the USAF AP. This was a tour of duty that Sam often recalled as being one of his most interesting experiences. Our paths crossed several times in the intervening years until finally in the 1980s we found ourselves at NDHQ Ottawa.

I have the utmost admiration and respect for Sam, for his professionalism and also as a friend. A raconteur who could keep you spellbound and in stitches at the same time. It is sad to know that when military colleagues gather to socialize Col Sam will not be there.

May your sorrow be lessened knowing that Sam will be remembered for touching the lives of a myriad of friends and colleagues in positive ways.

Ed Pfahl, (Major Retired)

Ron Donovan

May 18, 2020

It is with a deep sense of sadness that I learned of Sam’s passing. I first met Sam when we were Instructors at the RCAF Police School in Borden in the early 60”s, which was the beginning of a life long friendship. Sam was the consummate professional and gentleman who set the standard for the Security Branch culminating in his appointment as DG Secur. To Sam’s family my warmest condolences for your loss. May each lasting memory of all you shared ease your pain and gently bring comfort to your heart. Rest In Peace my friend.
Ron Donovan (Col Retired)

Beth Harrison

May 15, 2020

Sam was a good friend of ours for many years. There were many fun times and laughs shared. My thoughts are with his family.
Beth Harrison

Dot Cooper

May 15, 2020

Col Sam will always be remembered as a gentleman who served his country and the Military Police Branch with the upmost professionalism. I had the pleasure of yachting with Col Sam and the late John Zigarlick, former Air Force MP and miner. Together, they shared memories of their lifelong friendship and the bond they shared as colleagues. It was a pleasure sharing that week with Col Sam, and I cherish that memory.

Rest in Peace and swift journey to God's hands.

Dot Cooper, Colonel (retired)

Joseph (Joe) McLaughlan

May 14, 2020

I had the privilege of serving under Col Sam in Comox 66/67 and his influence within the Security Branch during all of my career was a constant. My very sincere condolences to the family and take comfort in the knowledge of how all the Military Police family share in your loss. RIP Sir!

Maj (Ret'd) Joseph M. McLaughlan

Ron Bens

May 14, 2020

To the Stevenson Family - my sincerest condolences on your loss of your loved one, a great man and mentor to me. Colonel Stevenson was always an inspiration for me and I enjoyed his company while serving with him and also in retirement. Although getting on in age, his loss still shocked me. I am so sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace for he truly deserves it. Thanks for allowing me to share.
Sincerely, Ron Bens

Dan & Erma Kendrick

May 14, 2020

Hi guys - sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. Lot of good memories with him and also the family here in Ottawa. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Dan & Erma and family

William Teed

May 14, 2020

Col Sam was one of the best gentlemen I ever worked with, worked for or walked beside. His guidance and consideration were without compare and his sense of humor even in difficult situations was a joy to behold. He was a unique leader who left all feeling good and always looked after the best interest of the troops. I was privileged to know him. Thank you Sir, and now time to Rest in Peace. Condolences to the family and may your grief be lightened by knowing the respect this man enjoyed from all he met.

John Harrison

May 14, 2020

I first met Sam ( I never addressed him as Sam but everyone in the Branch knew him as Sam) when he came to CFB Chatham for Nuclear Inspections. He treated me as no nothing newbie with respect and humour. Humour he had! I also had the honour of travelling with him for two weeks to Cyprus , Syria, Jordan and Israel when he was DSecur . What a gentleman . We had a lot of laughs . It was one of the highlights of my career to be working for and knowing " Sam".
God speed . It has been a privilege to know you, my friend.
John Harrison

Gille Nault

May 14, 2020

Colonel Sam's mere presence inspired resolve and confidence. A role model without a doubt who's legacy remained long after his retirement. He truly fit the one-of-kind label attributed by his many admirers within and without the Security Branch. My sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.

Major (ret) Gille Nault

FROM THE FAMILY