James Stebbins

Obituary of James Flood Stebbins

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Stebbins – James F.

James Flood Stebbins, of Muttontown, New York, passed away from complications of COVID on January 9th, 2022, at the age of 90.  Born in New York City to Theodore Ellis Stebbins and sculptor, Mary Emma Flood Stebbins, Jim grew up in Muttontown, where he happily lived on the same property throughout his life.  He attended Salisbury School and went on to graduate, in only 3 years, from Trinity College, despite having dyslexia.  Jim handled his disabilities bravely, with dignity and determination. 


An ardent patriot, Jim served in the Air Force; as President of the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York; a member of the Military Order Loyal Legion of the US; a Peace Officer of the State of New York; and Deputy Sheriff of Rockland County.


Like his father, Jim enjoyed hunting and fly fishing, especially at the Ausable Club.  He also valued the camaraderie at The Brook, The Saratoga Reading Room, Meadow Brook Club, Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, and Piping Rock Club, where he was a member for over 60 years.  His love for dogs and his commitment to their humane welfare led to a number of appointments – Chairman of the ASPCA, President of The Leash, and most proudly, Treasurer of Westminster Kennel Club, to which he dedicated 50 years.


His career began at Hoppin, Watson Inc., before he and Walter L. Ross II founded Ross, Stebbins, Schellbach, Inc., a NY Stock Exchange firm.


Jim was predeceased by his beloved sister, Jane Stebbins Greenleaf. He is survived by his devoted wife, Cynthia; brother, Theodore E. Stebbins Jr.; sons, Edwin E. F. Stebbins and Richard R. Stebbins, from a previous marriage; granddaughter, Taylor S. Stebbins; grandson, Spencer J.F. Stebbins, and his dog, Cassie.


Gifts in Jim’s memory may be made to Historic Deerfield (P.O. 321 Deerfield, MA 01342) or Trinity College, class of 1955 (300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT 06106).

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