STEVENS, Ray
DECEASED
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February 14, 1931 - February 20, 2013 Wayland: Ray Stevens of Bent Ave. died peacefully on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at Wayland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Ray was born in Gardner, MA on February 14, 1931, a son of the late Dorothy (Lowe) and Paul L. Stevens. Paul later remarried to Thelma (Caldon) Stevens who helped raise him. Ray leaves his wife Mary Elizabeth (Rodman) Stevens, fondly known as Liz. He is also survived by his brother, Robert Stevens and his wife, Shirley, of both Longview, WA and Kamuela, HI. Ray is survived by his former wife Ann L. Chandler and four of their children: Dorothy Knight and her husband, Scott, of Tucson, AZ, David Stevens and his wife, Betty, of Denver, CO, Loring Stevens of Scituate, MA and Lincoln Stevens of Andover, MA. Their son Andy Stevens predeceased him; Andy lived with his wife, Cindy, in Merritt Island, FL. Ray is also survived by Lizs four children: Ann Reimels and her husband Bill, Tom Upjohn and his wife Peggy, and Bill Upjohn and his wife, Beth, all of Manchester CT, and Richard Upjohn and his wife, Nicole, of Northbridge, MA. He is also survived by sixteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and other family members. Ray was a graduate of Gardner High School (1949) and the Coast Guard Academy (1953). He was assigned to ocean station duties on the Castle Rock and the Humboldt in Boston until he left the service in 1955. He earned his masters degree from Northeastern in 1961. Ray worked at Raytheon in Wayland, Mass in the early 1950s for about 10 years designing shipboard fire controlled radar. Then, he joined Instrument Associates, Arlington, MA as a Sales Representative in the field of high technology, later becoming VP and General Manager. He worked there until 1970, when he started his own business, TEMA Incorporated representing well known manufacturers, such as; Tally, Facit typewriters and Interface Mechanisms, a dual printing and photo type set company based in Mount Lake Terrace, WA (later known as Intermec). In 1974, while representing Intermec as a Master Distributor, he was involved with development and symbology standardization, including Ames alpha-numeric barcode and most notably creating Code 39, along with Dr. David Allais. Code 39 was eventually adopted as the non-retail industry barcode standard and was selected by the Dept. of Defense under Logmars. TEMA was the first independent Distributor in the country to be acquired by Intermec in 1986. Ray remained as a Sales Consultant with Intermec working on various special projects through 1990. During his retirement years, Ray also worked as an independent business owner in the consumer goods industry. Ray had a lifelong passion for swimming and sailing honed in his youth as a Sea Scout and in the Boy Scouts attending summer camp programs. He sailed in the Newport to Annapolis Race on the Academy Yacht, Arion, in June, 1953, and he sailed in Hopetown, Bahamas Islands as a bare charter twice with his wife and another couple. He was also stationed on the US Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, a 295 full sail training vessel still in service today. Beginning in 1966, he sailed weekends with the Cochituate Yacht Club for 26 years, and sailed in Sunfish regattas competitively throughout New England during his time. Ray was devoted to his church and his family. He worked tirelessly to support and care for his family, and he regularly attended and was active in the Community United Methodist Church in Cochituate for decades.