Richard C. “Rich” Stevens, 54 of Cayuga, N.Y. passed away Jan. 1, 2019 at St. Joseph Hospital, Syracuse after a courageous battle with cancer.
Rich’s passion for music started at the age of 13. In high school he was an active member of the Port Byron high school band. Rich continued his passion for music starting with several central New York bands including “The Verge," “Blind Spot," “Prankster," “Short Bus," and culminated with a 37-year musical career as a drummer/manager of the Prison City Rockers, who delighted fans throughout the central New York area with a venue of the '70s and '80s up to present day rock 'n' roll.
All the band members that Rich shared his musical career with will miss him dearly and the most favorite statement that the Prison City Rockers, while playing, and everyone who knew Rich and followed him throughout his drumming career will always remember his favorite saying between songs, “SOCIAL.”
Rich’s work career started with Skaneateles Country Club, The Record Store, Holiday Inn, to co-hosting the morning show on the WALL radio station known as “Rocking Rich." From there, he helped fund Go Wireless, a local chain of successful Verizon Wireless stores in November of 2001. From the first store in Geneva, Rich worked tirelessly to help grow the company to six other locations: Canandaigua, Penn Yan, Seneca Falls, Clifton Springs, and three different locations in Auburn. He was also a partner in Finger Lakes Holdings, a commercial real estate venture in Seneca Falls.
Rich was an avid boater on Cayuga Lake. His favorite timeout spot was a deep dive at buoy 51, or the Cove.
Rich was a computer or any electronic gadget man. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who was having problems figuring out any electronic device, and also in general whomever needed any help.
Rich was a very positive man. His passion outside of his love for wife was playing drums, cars and his boats.
Rich was an active member for the Cayuga Fire Dept. starting in 2007.
Rich passed surrounded by his family and friends.
Rich is survived by his loving wife, Renee Vaillancourt Stevens; a brother, David L. Stevens of Cayuga; his sisters, Pamela (Stevens) Mosher, husband Mike Mosher of Dover Vermont, sister Pat (Stevens) Fox of Washington State; two nieces, Tiffany Stevens of Hartford CT and Maureen Fox of Washington State; and nephew John Fox of Washington State
Rich is predeceased by his parents, Carl R. and Evelyn Kilgore Stevens, and brother Brad in 2001.
Friends are invited to call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday Jan. 6, from the Audioun Funeral Home LLC 218 Main St. Port Byron. Funeral Services will follow at 2 p.m. from the Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking to donate to the Cayuga Fire Dept. PO Box 315, Cayuga NY 13034. Music United Foundation, 212 North Seward Ave. Auburn NY 13021. Perform 4 Purpose 8, 4th Ave. Auburn NY 13021
Rich will be sorely missed by his family, his boating friends, former musicians, and friends and fans.