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TABAKIN, Stewart 62, a retired Boston businessman, who helped extend the horizon for area arts organizations, died peacefully on July 17 at his home in Truro. He is survived by his partner of thirty-two years, artist Salvatore Fiumara. Born in New York City, he founded Marathon Messengers in 1977, Boston's first business messenger service with two bicyclists. By the time he sold his business in 2006, more than 70 of his couriers buzzed through Boston's streets. In Boston, Stewart actively assisted local organizations and events, and since 2000 he also served as a volunteer at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, FL. However, it may be his work at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum for which he is best known, and on August 23rd, PAAM's town-wide birthday celebration will be dedicated to him for his continuous support and dedication. A Service will be held on Sunday, August 3, at 11:30 a.m., at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, 480 Commercial Street, Provincetown. If desired, donations may be sent to either PAAM or the Center for Cancer Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. A Prayer Service at South Cemetery, Truro will follow. Friends may leave a message of condolence for the family at

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Published in Boston Globe from Jul. 28 to Jul. 31, 2014.
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April 14, 2015
Stewart was my boss for 5 years at Marathon in the early 80's. I still describe it as the best job I ever had. I felt appreciated and cared for and learned everything there is to know about how to get from anywhere to anywhere else in Boston/Cambridge. I only hope that Stewart knew how many lives he touched. Rest in peace. Jim Beierschmitt
November 20, 2014
I just heard of this today, I'm feeling devastated. Rest in Peace my dear old friend.
Richard Willis
November 3, 2014
Kevin Porter
November 3, 2014
I was shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of Stuart in July. I met him through my brother who worked for Marathon Messenger Service. At that time, I desperately needed a flexible way to make a living. He was kindhearted and gave me a job; knowing I was inexperienced. I will always remember him warmly and feel lucky I had the pleasure of knowing him. What an amazing person and what a remarkable life!
Joslyn Portier
August 3, 2014
As I am not able to attend Stewart ' s memorial service today I have spent my evening in Manhattan on a Citi bike in tribute. I worked for Marathon Messenger s in 1980 and 1981. Without my relationship with Stewart and MM I would not have had the fearlessness to be rolling through such mayhem then or now. He was fun and encouraging in many ways and to many eccentric Boston cyclists. Love and good wishes.
Suzi Noble
July 30, 2014
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Stewart was an unforgettable man. We will miss him. He had a marvelous sense of humor that always made us smile. A rare gift, that he shared with all
Ronni Krevat & Paul Silver
Ronni krevat Paul silver
July 28, 2014
Please accept my condolences. Keeping in mind the scriptural hope of everlasting life can help sustain you.
John 17:3
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