A life member of Toms River Fire Co. No. 1, former fire police captain Kenneth E. Stevens, Jr. died of natural causes Sunday at home. He was 64.
Born in Newark, Stevens lived most of his in Toms River. He was a local businessman in Toms River for many years and was recently employed by Alert Ambulance Service in Lakewood as an EMT.
He served with the Toms River Fire Co. No. 1 where he was a life member; past Fire Police Captain; and Trustee. He also served as District Fire Warden for N.J. Forest Fire Service for the past 45 years.
He was predeceased by his father Kenneth E. Stevens Sr.
Surviving are his wife and lifelong best friend of 42 years, Catherine; his mother Alice Stevens; two daughters Michele Pagel and her husband Jay of Egg Harbor Twp. and Jessica Essman and her husband Christopher of Toms River; his brother Douglas Stevens of Toms River; his sister Debra Savje; and his grandchildren Keary Michael, Katie Marie and Kenneth Christopher Essman. Also surviving are three brother-in-laws Paul W. Rowe, Gary D'Alessio and Mark D'Alessio; a sister-in-law Cheryl D'Alessio Coleman; long time best friends Frank and Lorraine Fallaw and several nieces and nephews.
Visiting will be Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. with a Fireman's Service at 8:00 p.m. at Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main St., Toms River.
A prayer service will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home in Toms River. Cremation will be private.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Ken's memory to Toms River Fire Co. No. 1, PO Box 1035, Toms River, NJ 08754 or Van Dyke Hospice at Community Medical Center, 99 Route 37 West, Toms River, NJ 08755.
Condolences may be made by visiting www.andersonandcampbell.com.