Preston Tapley Stephenson

Preston Tapley Stephenson, Jr., 82, of Brunswick, ME and Swampscott, MA died peacefully in his sleep on October 07, 2012 after a long fight with Parkinson’s disease at the Mid Coast Senior Health Center’s Mere Point in Brunswick, ME.

After attending The Taft School, Tap graduated from Brown University where he was a member of Psi Upsilon. Tap went on to work for the United Shoe Machinery Corporation, Inc in customer service and enjoyed a full life. As a member of the Pleon Yacht Club and Eastern Yacht Club, Tap was an avid sailor who enjoyed racing, serving on the EYC Race Committee and cruising the Maine coastline. Tap was also known for his love of skiing, both in Franconia and New London, NH, and for his great love of hunting in Merrymeeting Bay in southern Maine.

Son of Preston Tapley Stephenson and Florence Emma Brown, Tap was predeceased by is wife of 40 years, Joan Wood Stephenson, in 1998 after a long battle with cancer and his older brother Edwin Charles Stephenson. He is survived by his three sons and their families: Tap and Ginny of Wenham, Andy and Becky of Ellsworth, ME, and Craig and Heather of Richmond, ME. Tap is also survived by his younger brother and wife, Geo and Janie Stephenson of Marblehead, and Tap’s four grandchildren: Tapley, Sarah, Lyle, and Nate.

A memorial service at St. Andrews Church, Marblehead, MA is planned for 2:00pm, on October 27, 2012.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research ( or Mid Coast Senior Health Center (, in Tap Stephenson’s name.