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William Stewart left his pain and suffering to gain peace in our Lord's kingdom on February 1st. Bill had endured several years of medical challenges from complications resulting from Graft versus Host Disease.
He is survived by his wife, Victoria Kerewich Blackford, of Charlottesville. Also surviving are his sister and husband, Melinda and Joseph Zimmerman of Davis, CA, and their son Andrew; sister, Elizabeth Blackford of Cliffside Park, NJ, and her children Gabriella and Waheen; as well as cousins and godchildren in numerous states.
Born March 5, 1953, in Schenectady, NY, Bill was the son of the late William and Elizabeth Protheroe Blackford. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Linda Elizabeth Blackford. He grew up in the Northeast and spent many great times with Uncle Ben, Aunt Jeanne, and cousins in Connecticut.
After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1973, Bill started his career as a Banker at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company in New York City and ended it at the Bank of America. He also earned an MBA at New York University. He often said he "worked for every bank in New York City which does not exist anymore". He and Tory met and lived in New York City until they moved to northern New Jersey, residing there for 25 years. They retired to Charlottesville in 2009 and fulfilled a joint dream of returning to Tory's home town.
Bill had many interests and passions. At the top of the list were music, wood working, and golf. He sang in church choirs since a teenager as well as Oratorio groups performing chorale music, the last time with the Oratorio Society of Virginia. He always had a house project underway, and jointly he and Tory renovated four homes, Charlottesville being the last. He took up golf later in life and loved it from the beginning. In addition to these interests, he enjoyed reading, cooking, classical music, opera, museums, and travel.
Bill was an active volunteer focusing on opportunities at the churches he attended including First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville. Upon coming to Charlottesville, he also joined the Wednesday Music Club and was Treasurer this past year.
A Service of Thanksgiving will be held February 8th, 3 PM, at First Presbyterian Church, Park Street. Interment will be private. A memorial service will also be held at West Side Presbyterian Church, 6 South Monroe Street, Ridgewood, NJ, on March 1, 2 PM.
In memory of Bill's dedication to Wednesday Music Club, the family suggests that a donation be made to this organization. Its mission is to support and encourage young musicians in Central Virginia. The William Blackford Camp Scholarship Fund will provide funds for music camp scholarships for deserving area young musicians. The address is The Wednesday Music Club, P.O. Box 7642, Charlottesville, VA 22906.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Teague Funeral Home of Charlottesville.
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Published in The Record/Herald News on Feb. 9, 2014