Stanley C. Nevins
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Stanley Charles Nevins, 87, passed away in Estero FL of Parkinson's disease on Aug. 8, 2020. Born in Brooklyn New York on July 1, 1933, he was the son Of Stanley and Eleanor (Metzger) Nevins.
Stan attended Our Lady of solace and Wallkill High School. Following graduation in 1951 he enrolled in Cortland State Teachers College, majoring in physical education. After completing the freshman year he joined The United States Army, where he served three years, with an honorable discharge. Returning to Cortland in 1956 for his BS and later a Master's degree.
He was a member of the college football, wrestling, swim and lacrosse teams. Also, he was a member of Beta Phi Epsilon Fraternity. In 1992 he was inducted into the Cortland college C Club Hall of Fame. While at Cortland he met the love of his life, Pat, and married the day before graduation in 1959. The newly married couple settled In Middletown, New York, where he began his first teaching and coaching position at Orange County Community College. While residing in Middletown the couple welcomed two sons; Michael J. and Timothy Charles. A career opportunity to coach wrestling and lacrosse brought the young family to Cobleskill, N.Y. where they would make their home for thirty- five years. During this time he participated in civic activities at St. Vincent dePaul's church council and the Cobleskill Exchange Club.
The college community, faculty and students were everything to him, after family. He dedicated his professional life to teaching, mentoring, recruiting and befriending each and every student that crossed his path. The physical education curriculum was diverse; skiing, outdoor education, and many lifetime sports, so the world was his classroom. His coaching duties began with wrestling, followed by the first-ever lacrosse team in the area. Later he would add Men and Women Cross country to his outstanding endeavors.
The student athletes from all sports were highly accomplished, due to the team spirit and camaraderie he encouraged daily. Many won honors, academic All-Americans, individual and team regional and national championships.
For all his professional accomplishments he was most proud of his family. He was a devoted, generous and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife, of 61 years, Pat, son, Michael (Lauren Bellcourt), and their children, Jennifer (Aaron) Griffin, Caitlin (William) Allen, and Patrick Nevins, son, Timothy (Leisa Roy) and their children, Abigail, Bailey and Cameron Nevins. Four great-grandchildren: Grace, Liam, Shepard, Grant Allen and seven grand pets.
Stan and Pat retired to the Villages at Country Creek, in Estero, Florida in 2000; where they enjoyed the hospitality and friendship of the entire community. They were members of Our Lady of Light Catholic Community, and Bonita Springs Elks Lodge.
A Memorial Mass to celebrate his life will be held at Our Lady of Light Catholic Community 19680 Cypress View Dr., Ft. Myers, FL 33967 on Friday, Aug. 15, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.
The Shikany Funeral Home, Bonita Springs, FL is assisting the Nevins family. Visit www. ShikanyFuneralHome.com for complete details.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions made be made in memory of Stan to: The Stanley and Patricia Nevins Scholarship fund, for future teachers at SUNY Cobleskill Foundation, 106 Suffolk Circle, NY 12043, www.cobleskill.edu/give