Mr. Donald R. “Red” Stewart Sr., 93, beloved husband of the late Olga V. (Pisani) with whom he shared sixty two years of marriage, died Saturday evening, April 23, 2011 following a brief illness.
Born and raised in Beverly, he was the son of the late Robert and Elizabeth (Phillips) Stewart. He received his education in the Beverly school system and attended Beverly High School where he played football as well as for the Beverly Town Team.
An honorably discharged veteran, he served his country during World War II as a member of the United States Navy. He entered the service in 1934 where he served in the Pacific, reaching the rank of Boatswain’s Mate Second Class prior to his discharge in 1942.
Mr. Stewart had worked for many years as a Master Carpenter where he built and remodeled many homes in the North Shore area. He and his wife, Olga had also owned and operated the Beverly Smoke Shop in Beverly. As a young man, he had worked as a lobsterman and was also a foreman for JA Jones Construction where he was involved with building Unit 4 at Salem Harbor Power Plant.
A lifelong resident of the City of Beverly, he was a member of the Liberty Lodge A.F. & A.M. in Beverly for fifty years, the V.F.W., the D.A.V, the Bass Haven Yacht Club and the USS Wharton Association.
Red was an avid violinist and collector. He loved Sherlock Holmes, Rumpole of the Bailey and tales of the sea. He learned celestial navigation and also attained his real estate Broker’s license. Red remained interested in life and stayed independent to the end. He was a loving father, grandfather and friend who will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by a daughter, Judith Sollows and her husband, Wendell, a son, Donald R. Stewart Jr. and his wife, Ruth and several nieces and nephews. He was also the grandfather of the late Sarah Marie Stewart and brother of the late Ralph, Kathleen, Mary, Edith, Virginia, Joseph and Isabel.
His funeral services will be private. Arrangements by the Campbell – Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Red’s memory to Smile Train, P.O. Box 96231, Washington DC 20090. Information, directions and condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
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