James "Jim" Stewart, longtime Towanda area resident, died unexpectedly at the Robert Packer Hospital on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2013.
Jim was born Jan. 4, 1946, in Norristown, Pa., a son of the late Ardemus and Inez Stewart. Jim graduated from Central Bucks High School in Doylestown, Pa. in 1963. He then attended Kutztown University through his junior year. Following his college years, Jim was employed as a cabinet maker in the Philadelphia area. During this time, he also moonlighted as a musician for various bands. In 1973, Jim relocated to Towanda where he was employed as a salesman for Rynone Industries for a number of years. In 1980 he entered into business as Kitchens by Jim Stewart on Main Street, Towanda which he owned and operated for three years. He was subsequently employed by Harvey Chernosky at Superior Paints in Towanda until 1994 and later by Fairchild's Hardware until his health began declining.
Jim was active in the Towanda community having helped to organize Summerfest, which later became Riverfest. Jim was also active in the Towanda Business Association and served as an officer for several years.
Jim is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Cullen J. Stewart and Kimberly Stewart of Portland, Maine; grandson Rory Stewart of Portland, Maine; brother and sister-in-law John S. and Wendy Stewart of Doylestown, Pa.; his constant companion Murphy; and his family friends at the office of Joseph Cama MD; Cookies Canteen; and the Red Rose Diner.
A gathering for family and friends will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 at the Riverstone Inn, Wysox, Pa. Memories and condolences may be expressed and shared by visiting www.bowenfuneralhomes.com