Nicholas Stevenson A.K.A. “Tinker” was born June 26, 1947 in Copiague, New York to the parents of Rufus and Edna Stevenson. He was the third of four children born to his union. On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, Tinker entered into eternal rest. Tinker spent all of his childhood on Long Island in thee towns of Amityville and Copiague, and graduated from Amityville Memorial High School in 1966. In 1982, he attended Suffolk Community College majoring in Criminal Justice. He has been a long time resident of for over 30 years, known in the community by all. Tinker had a heart to help others he was always looking to serve. In 1968, he enlisted into the United State Navy, subsequently after his enlistment he was drafted by the United States Army. In 1968 He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal by the Army. During his time of service he was acknowledged as the Company Champion for outstanding physical fitness and athletic ability.
Professional: He was an E.O.C. Youth Coordinator for the Town of Babylon. He served as a Campus Police officer at SUNY Farmingdale State University and SUNY Old Westbury Campus. He also worked as a Public Safety Officer for the Town of Babylon and the Village of Brightwaters. Tinker spent many years working in the Law Enforcement career field. Early in life, his Uncle John and Aunt Josephine noticed his ability to use his hands. His gift turned into a passion and cultivated into a profession. He started his ability to use his hands. His gift turned into a passion and cultivated into a profession. He was skilled in all areas of the construction trades and specialized in masonry work. Tinker believed in volunteering and community service. Tinker assisted Suffolk County Police with criminal investigations. He was also a youth basketball coach, Brentwood Ambulance first responder, assisted Brentwood School District, and was a longtime volunteer with Amityville Day and Wyandanch Day organization group and other organizations.
Historian: Tinker was a historian; he believed know person should leave this earth without knowing where they came from. He spent most of his adult life researching and obtaining valuable information. He was so dedicated and proud of who he was and his Native American heritage. He wanted to pass on his research findings to his children and grandchildren, whom he adored. Tinker was so proud to be from Amityville, NY. He made it “known” where he was from.
Athlete: When it came to sports, he was a well-known athlete and fierce competitor who were honored by many athletic organizations and teams. He dominated the basketball court, football field, track and field and played baseball. He was recruited by the New York Mets farm team. At the age of 35, he played on the Suffolk West Community College Basketball Team. He was also an awarded Golden Glove Boxer. He was an avid and devoted outdoors man, who loved nature. Deep Sea Fishing was his passion and also Big Game Hunting. He loved music his record collection consisted of thousands of oldies but goodies.
Mentor: Tinker was known as the “MAYOR” of the block, he watched over the neighborhood homes and the families. He mentored all youth and told them to listen to their parents and stay in school. He will greatly missed by family, friends, public officials and his postal carrier Shawn.
He leaves behind his wife, family and friends to cherish his memories and to celebrate his family legacy.
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