It is with great sadness and much love that the family of Stephen Harris Robertson, aged 64, announce that Steve completed his mortal journey on November 1, 2023, at his residence in Westwego, Louisiana after a brave and profound battle with several illnesses. Steve was born August 19, 1959, in New Orleans to Tillman and Shirley Robertson. He is survived by his partner of 22 years, Deane Picou Webb, his beloved children-daughter Reina Aguilera-Sabonger (wife Tania), son Rafael “Tito” Aguilera Jr. (wife Kristina), son Andrew Stephen Robertson Sr., son Robert Webb IV; his adored grandchildren-Andrew Stephen Robertson Jr., Nickalas Powell, Ixchel Sabonger, Adam Gonzalez, Coyote Church, Zachary Gonzalez, Isabella Robertson, Elijah Aguilera, Gabriella Robertson, Aiden Robertson, Malakai Stephen Aguilera and great-granddaughter Emerson Aguilera; former spouse Dianna Lynn Bourgeois (husband Sam), and his life-long friend Nick Molina. Steve is preceded in death by his parents Tillman Harris Robertson and Shirley Reese Robertson, sisters Gail Bontempo and Darlene Robertson, grandson Rafael Aguilera III, special friend and brother-in-law Dale “Lefty” Thompson and his precious canine companion Cocoa Rose. Steve will be greatly missed by a host of nieces, nephews, in-laws and other family and friends.
Steve was proud to serve his country and community. He served in the Army Reserve, an Orleans Levee Board Police Officer, and as a nurse for over 30 years. He provided exceptional nursing care to the residents and staff at Covenant Nursing Home for 26 years. He touched so many with his compassion, skills, and dedication to aiding others in their time of need.
Steve will always be remembered for his quick wit and his unique ability to always find the perfect words to describe every person or situation in a way that you could never forget. His “Steveisms” always bring a smile to those privileged to have heard them. Steve thoroughly enjoyed his garden of beautiful specially chosen plants, playing golf and attending his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. As his physical health declined, he desperately missed being able to participate in the things he was passionate about. His passion then became playing his numerous acoustic guitars. He loved watching baseball (he never stopped pulling for the Cubs), his facts first, liberal news channels (never Fox!) and his beloved New Orleans Saints (win or lose). It was not lost on us that he passed on the anniversary of the Saints being awarded to New Orleans on November 1, 1966, after watching a well awaited Saints victory the previous Sunday!
Heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Judy Kang and Anvoi Hospice, especially Dr. Lawrence Durante (Dr. D), Linda Smith, Jodi Workman, Chaplin Zeal and Steve’s ever-present nurse and friend, Delia Tafaro. Your care and compassion are so beyond exceptional. Steve was grateful for you all and you eased his burden greatly. Special thoughts and gratitude to Margaret Hoffmann’s constant support, generosity, and compassion always. To Lynn Thompson, Shelia Walker, Ernestine Brown, and June Randolph-you quartet of wonderful woman made Steve’s life so much better and easier. He valued your professional skills but appreciated your friendships even more.
Enormous gratitude and appreciation to Steve’s son, Andrew Stephen, for taking such loving care of his Pop until the very end of his journey. It was Steve’s request and wishes that Andrew be at his side. He was comforted and proud to have his son as his caregiver.
Stephen is a wonderful, exceptional, true gentleman; respected and loved by many, and he will be greatly missed.
Family, friends, and employees of Covenant Nursing Home are invited to attend a celebration and remembrance of Steve. Visitation will be held at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal Street,
New Orleans, LA 70119 on Friday November 10, 2023, at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Prayer service and military honors to follow visitation.
Remembrance donations in Steve’s memory may be sent to Covenant Nursing Home, 5919 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115 or to any dog rescue organization of your choice in his honor.