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September 24, 2008
Burro Goodfellow!
Some things you never forget. Meeting you for the first time at the 1976 PHL Convention and, at least, 30 annual meetings after that. How about all the years we served together on the EC and never agreed on almost anything except the time to adjourn to the bar. When we arrived, we were still good friends. It wasn't until your term was up that I realized how much you had accomplished! Have a great flight and I'll see you again someday.
We can pick up where we left off.
September 22, 2008
When I was first introduced to "Barefoot Stew” at the local chapter of our national aviators' fraternity in 1973, he immediately impressed me as a colourful and fascinating character. He was so popular with fellow wing-wearers that he led our group for thirty-two years. Later on he was elected to the national executive committee and became its chairman for two years, before his health started to decline.

Stew became my close friend and mentor--and the longer I knew him, the more I admired his many attributes. He was a natural leader, master of ceremonies, parliamentarian, raconteur, public speaker, and humorist extraordinaire. More importantly, Stew made others feel like they were interesting characters, too!

A World War II and Korean War-era veteran of the US Army Air Corps and the USAF, Stew’s flying background was well-known to the Quiet Birdmen fraternity. Less well-known were his accomplishments in civilian life: pre-NASCAR stock car driver & mechanic; champion water skier, pioneer barefoot water skier, and hang gliding performer for Dick Pope at Cypress Gardens; ski instructor to several Miss Americas, including Cornelia Wallace; senior judge; writer/author; TV sports announcer; television producer, making commercials for--among others--Cadillac Division of General Motors; member of the Screen Actors' Guild (SAG) and Florida Motion Pictures/Television Association (FMPTA), with minor movie roles including a walk-on part in "Strategic Air Command" and at least one unreleased “Spaghetti Western”; and television commercial roles & print advertisements for Vitalis hair dressing, outboard motors, and others.

Stew was elected President of the American Barefoot Water Skiers in 1989 and was inducted into the American Water Ski (AWSEF) Hall of Fame in 1992. He will be missed . . .
September 21, 2008
Stew
The highlite of my trip to the US in the 70,s was meeting you
a guy larger than life one of natures gentlemen You will be missed !
Garry Barton
AUSTRALIA
September 02, 2008
STWE
You have closed a magnificent and beautiful chapter in my life and in my heart. Clear skies and tail winds always. Your ever loving bruvva --Dunc
September 01, 2008
I met Stew in Waco, Texas at the first National Barefoot Waterski tournament in 1978 where he convinced me to try the barefoot jump-and I promptly "popped a rib" Ever since, I have considered him to be a very good friend and a great person.
His contributions to the sport of barefoot water skiing will never be equaled. He will be sorely missed.

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