Adie Stevens kept in shape by bouncing on a trampoline in his back yard.
Even after he was diagnosed with cancer, the retired Penn Hills High School teacher practiced tumbling until a year ago.
Ed Hoover, former principal at the high school, spoke of Mr. Stevens' fortitude during his six-year battle with cancer.
"He was a tough individual. He never complained. He was always thinking of everyone else, not his own problems."
Adie Allen "Steve" Stevens III died at his Monroeville home Saturday, Aug. 10, 2002. He was 65.
The former champion gymnast was also an avid swimmer and runner.
"If he could have run yesterday, he would have run," Hoover said. "That's the type of person he was."
A back-flipping, physical education teacher with a teasing sense of humor, Mr. Stevens was popular with students and staff.
"Adie and I go back many, many years," said Diane McKissick, district director of secondary education at Penn Hills. "He
was a great teacher and a great person. He was one that really loved the kids. He showed the kids how to like sports."
Born in Ben Avon Heights, he was a son of Kathryn and Adie Stevens II.
Mr. Stevens was a member of Penn State's 1957 NCAA championship men's gymnastic team.
He taught for 23 years, coached a gymnastics team at Penn Hills High School for two years and also put on gymnastic shows.
He retired in 1989.
During retirement, Mr. Stevens enjoyed fishing and trips to a cottage on Slippery Rock Creek.
"He loved his trampoline. He loved life," his wife, Linda, said. "He wanted to be the oldest person to ever do back flips."
Mr. Stevens is survived by his wife, Linda M. Stevens; three children, Susan Gagliardi, of Murrysville, Westmoreland County;
Sally Stevens Morenus, of Essex Junction, Vt.; and Scott Stevens, of Erie; two brothers, Stewart Stevens, of Columbus, Ohio,
and Douglas H. Stevens, of Menlo Park, Calif.; and two sisters, Kathryn Stevens, of Charlemont, Mass., and Nancy Stevens,
of Lincoln, Vt.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Garden City United Methodist Church, Monroeville.
Memorial contributions can be made to Chain of Hope, 710 Wood St., Pittsburgh, PA 15221 or Garden City United Methodist
Church, 500 Laurel Drive, Monroeville, PA 15146. Arrangements by Thomas D. English Funeral Home Inc., Oakmont.
Dawn Law can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.