Peter B. Stewart

Peter Barrett Stewart

Of Indianapolis, IN, Burt Lake, MI, Enumclaw, WA and Whitefish, MT passed away on November 25, 2013.

Peter, the son of Florence B. and Alexander M. Stewart, was born in Indianapolis, IN on April 27, 1943.

He attended Broad Ripple High School and graduated from Indiana University. Peter's active and diverse career began in retailing, then ventured into the restaurant business with his wife, Sheila, by opening a successful chain of fast food restaurants. Ultimately, his passion for horses led them to Enumclaw, WA, where they established a breeding farm for champion Arabian horses.

Peter enjoyed his summers at the cottage on Burt Lake, MI, which has been in his family for nearly 100 years. His greatest joy was to be surrounded by family and friends sharing stories, meals, boat rides and above all, laughter. He was a loyal and generous man who maintained close relationships with grade school and high school friends, as well as summer pals from the lake.

Peter was a generous, loving, elegant man. His biggest gift and lesson for all of us was his attentiveness to us. He was always present. When we spoke, he listened carefully. When he gave advice it was always after thoughtful reflection. No death should be in vain and that lesson of being present is one we should all work hard to learn. It comes from an attentive ear and selfless love of others.

Peter is survived by his wife of 23 years, Sheila Stewart, two daughters, Michelle Stewart, and Amanda (Andrew) Goodman, stepchildren Charlie (Kelly Eder) Lyman, Susan (Joe) Meyer, Tom (Jamie) Lyman, and seven adored grandchildren.

The family will host a celebration of Peter's life at Burt Lake on July 26, 2014. All who knew him will miss his big heart, his warm and welcoming smile, his playful nature, and the twinkle in his eye.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Mar. 26, 2014