Carleton "Carl" Thomas Stewart Carleton "Carl" Thomas Stewart, an accomplished singer/songwriter and retired educator, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013, of cancer. He was 60 years old. Carl Stewart was a world class musician. He received his music performance degree in voice from Cal State University, Northridge, in 1998 and a teaching credential soon after. He was in great demand in the Los Angeles area during the early 1980s as a vocalist, guitarist, and band leader. At that time he was also employed by Warner Brothers as a contract composer and songwriter. Carl said he "settled down" after meeting Tina Tenerowicz, in 1989 with whom he had a son, Ian (age 14) and daughter, Emma (age 12). Together they also raised his daughter, Francisca (age 27) from a previous marriage. Carl and Tina were married for twenty years. Born December 4, 1952, in Nashville Tennessee, Carl spent his early childhood in Alabama. Carl moved from Colorado to California in 1977. Besides a great passion for music and love of his family, Carl also enjoyed being an educator. Carl taught various grades in the Los Angeles area for nearly four years. He and his family moved to Lake County in 2002, and he began working as a teacher for the Konocti School District. Eventually, he worked in administration as the 8th grade Vice Principal of Lower Lake High School and Principal of Highland School until his early retirement due to illness. He held various jobs in his youth, ranging from ranch hand to computer programmer. All his experiences were woven into the rich tapestry of the wonderful music he composed, and he was renowned as a consummate musical story teller. "All of us in the band were constantly amazed at the stories behind the music he'd have us learn. He was a true poet who could synthesize complex emotions into singable lyrics," friend and fellow band member Clovice Lewis said. "He'd then wrap it all into a compelling piece of music with his amazing voice and kick butt guitar playing that would have you stomping your feet before you realize you are listening to the musical equivalent of a great novel." In addition to his immediate family, Carl is survived by his brother, Leonard Stuart; sister, Hannah Stuart-Gambino; and mother, Caroline Stewart. His father, W.H. Cassell Stewart, is deceased. A celebration of Carl's life will be held on July 13, 2013, from 2-5 p.m. at the Soper Reese Community Theater, located at 275 S. Main Street in Lakeport, California. For those unable to attend the service in person a streaming broadcast will be available from the Blue Collar website at www.blue-collar-band.com/carlcelebration.html. In lieu of cards and flowers, you can make donations in Carl Stewart's name to the Heifer Organization at http://www.heifer.org/. Please share your memories by signing the guest book at www.legacy.com.
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Published in Lake County Record-Bee from June 1 to June 7, 2013