STEWART, Alfred Wesley
Alfred Wesley Stewart, of Newington, a former longtime resident of Plainville, died on June 13, 2013 after a long illness. He was born on October 28, 1921 in Plainville to Randolph and Frances Stewart. He graduated from Plainville High School in 1939, where he was a member of the Varsity Boys Baseball Team. He married Ruth S. Wadsworth (PHS Class of 1939) on Memorial Day 1942. He leaves behind his beloved wife and daily nursing home visitor, Ruth, of 71 years; his son Robert Stewart and wife Jane of Newington; daughter Judy Stewart and husband John Woodley of Essex, VT; his grandchildren Jessica Brown and husband Bobby of Berlin; Tom Stewart and wife Amanda of Berlin; Frances Orbacz of Alexandria, VA; Meghan Stewart of Boston, MA and step-granddaughter, Anna Woodley Sheridan and husband Keenan and children; great-grandchildren Ryan Brown and Reagan Stewart of Berlin, as well as a brother Donald Stewart of Woodbridge, VA. He was predeceased by his parents, many dear friends, and two of his brothers, Frank Stewart and T.R. Stewart. Al Stewart served as a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years with the 2nd Marine Division in the Pacific Theater during World War II and received the Expert Rifleman medal. He saw combat in Okinawa and then was stationed in Nagasaki, Japan as an MP after the second atomic bomb was dropped. After the war, he worked at Colt Firearms in Hartford and attended classes in drafting at Paier College. In 1984 he retired from the Hardware Division of Stanley Works in New Britain after nearly 40 years as a Machine Design Engineer. Al loved golf. He enjoyed playing at Stanley Golf Course and for 10 years as a member of Chippanee Golf Club. Al was very active in the Anne V. Torrant School PTA, as coach and League President of the Plainville Little League, on the Plainville Zoning Board of Appeals, and as a member of the Plainville VFW. He served on the vestry of the Plainville Episcopal Church of Our Savior where he taught Sunday school for many years. Al will be remembered for his integrity, hospitality, and great humor. The family would like to thank the nurses and aids at the Newington Health Care Center for their care and attention to his needs.
Visiting hours will be at the Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St., Plainville, CT on Monday June 17 from 4-7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday June 18 at 10 a.m. at the Church of Our Savior in Plainville followed by burial with military honors in West Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Church of Our Savior, 115 West Main St., Plainville, CT 06062. For additional information or to leave words of condolence please visit www.bailey-funeralhome.com.