• Pierce Transit employee killed by bus was well-known ballet dancer

    By: STACIA GLENN sglenn@thenewstribune.com

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    Roy Stevens was a maintenance mechanic by day, and a graceful ballet dancer by night.

    Roy Stevens played the Nutcracker Prince in 2011 for Tacoma Performing Dance Company. Thomas Kimpel Courtesy
    Roy Stevens played the Nutcracker Prince in 2011 for Tacoma Performing Dance Company. Thomas Kimpel Courtesy

    The 60-year-old Pierce Transit employee died Tuesday after a fellow employee ran him over while moving a bus at the transit agency’s Lakewood headquarters.

    Stevens was pushing a cart of tools across the parking lot, and the bus driver apparently did not see him while making a left turn.

    Police and transit officials said his death was an accident. It is being investigated by the state Department of Labor & Industries.

    Friends described Stevens as a jokester, a kind-hearted man always willing to lend an ear who took an interest in other people’s lives.

    They also talked about his love for dance.

    For more than 40 years, Stevens practiced ballet, jazz and modern dance.

    He played the Nutcracker prince several times, and danced as the mouse king. His favorite starring role was as Kermit in a production of The Muppets.

    Stevens also choreographed.

    “He was just beloved by everyone,” said Jo Emery, who taught and directed Stevens at a local dance studio. “He was very versatile and a wonderful joy.”

    Brian Countryman, who danced with Stevens for decades, said he inserted a lot of joy into classes and productions.

    “Roy was a friendly, warm, positive guy,” Countryman said.

    Story from The News Tribune.

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