In Loving Memory – Rev. Jim Stevens
The funeral service for Rev. Stevens will be held on Tuesday 22 September, commencing at 12pm.
Live streaming will be available at the following link –https://youtu.be/0dxKkSkVpQU
The program for the service can be found here
Our deepest sympathy is passed on to Jim’s wife, Meryl, sons and Old Haileyburians, Christopher (OH ’97), Robert (OH 2000) son Geoff and daughter, Tonya.
A little like the curate’s egg, the curate himself was of many parts. Jim “Rev” Stevens was best known as a minister and preacher, whose unique style enabled him to convert obscure religious tracts into understandable and relevant messages for the young. His penchant for joke-telling was unparalleled. He entertained, cajoled, guided and energised. But beneath the ebullient exterior was a deeply caring mentor and friend who knew every student, and enhanced the lives of several generations of Haileybury students.
He arrived at Haileybury in 1989 via Tasmania’s Scotch Oakburn College, where he had been involved in teaching and ministry, to work with Headmaster Brian Rule at Newlands. His sharp mind, decision-making skills and ability to judge character, honed partly through his work as an international level cricket umpire, were invaluable assets in every facet of school life. In and out of the classroom his inquiring ways stimulated the thought processes of many students. When he moved to the Keysborough Senior School in 2001 as Senior Chaplain, his presence was enjoyed by an even larger populace.
His involvement in the life of the school was total and unequivocal. He, and his family, supported every conceivable school function. He proved to be an outstanding teacher, communicator and debater, a sports announcer, an adept sleuth, and a dedicated coach of football, cricket, tennis players and umpires. For years he ran a faith community church which met in the David Bradshaw Chapel on Sunday evenings. Put simply, Jim made a unique and invaluable contribution to Haileybury.
RIP Rev. Stevens.