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STEWART, Jr., 87
WINTER HAVEN - Gabe W. Stewart, Jr. passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 10, 2011 due to heart failure surrounded by his family.
Gabe was born on Dec. 4, 1924 in Columbus Georgia. His family moved to Tallahassee, FL when he was very young and it was there that he met and married his high school sweetheart, Doris in 1941. He served in the Navy during WWII and after the war, he, Doris and their young son Gabe, III moved to Lake Wales, FL where Gabe started his first used car lot. In 1953 the family moved to Winter Haven where Gabe became the Jeep and Rambler dealer on Third St. known as Central Florida Sales, Inc. He later became the Chrysler dealer and successfully ran his car dealership until sold in 1974.
He and Doris returned to Tallahassee and it wasn't long before Gabe realized he wasn't ready for retirement. He purchased a large tract of land outside Panama City and began his successful land development business known as Panama Pines. In 2003 he finally decided to retire and he and Doris returned to Winter Haven in 2004. Throughout his life he was an avid outdoors man and loved fishing, hunting, camping and traveling. He and Doris were fortunate enough to have visited Europe, China, Australia, India, Central America and Canada as well as all 50 of the United States. Gabe was one of the founders of Citrus Center Boys and Girls Club, a member of the American Legion, member and first president of the Cypress Gardens Kiwanis Club, member of the Winter Haven Elks Club and a member of Hope Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Doris, son Gabe, III (Sally), daughter Lynne Maxwell (John), grandchildren Gabe, IV, Corey Hassman, Jill Maxwell, Kim Maxwell and 5 great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Fri., Feb. 18th at 11 AM at Hope Presbyterian Church in Winter Haven. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Hope Presbyterian Church or to Good Shepherd Hospice.
Crisp-Coon Funeral Home, Winter Haven
Published in Ledger on Feb. 13, 2011