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Gilman, W. StewartBorn 1931 in Sioux City, Iowa, the direct descendent and namesake of a signator of the US constitution. He moved to Florida as a young man. Always an adventurer, he loved exploring Florida. A graduate of Vanderbilt University in 1953, he took a law degree at UofF. He was admitted to the Florida bar in 1956 and moved to Winter Park where he started his family and law career and served as a Winter Park city commissioner in the 1960s. In the 80s he built shopping centers throughout Florida. An avid pilot, it was joked that the reason he got into development was for an excuse to fly around the state. Stewart also loved boats, and spent many summers boating in the Caribbean with his family. After semi-retiring in the 90s he worked on numerous projects. In 2009 he married Barbara Whalen Kelly, and at age 79 wrote and published a novel "The Secrets of the Villages." Stewart is survived by his wife, children Pamela Sorenson, Joseph, Lesley Lounsbury, W. Stewart, Jr. and Nicole Warren, step-children Pamela Hauge, Tricia Stone and Kevin Kelly, 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Stewart will be remembered fondly by all who knew him, because he loved to have fun. A celebration of Stewart's life is planned at Winter Park Country Club on Sunday October 27th, from 1-4pm. Friends and family welcome.
Published in the Orlando Sentinel from Oct. 23 to Oct. 24, 2013
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