Robert Alexander "Bob" Stewart II
Thursday January 6, 2011 following a long and full life. He was born in Milford, Massachusetts on
September 13, 1922, the son of the late Robert Stewart, Sr. and Gertrude (Shaw) Stewart. The middle
child of three, Bob was predeceased by his sister, Norma, and his brother, Ray. He was also
predeceased by his wife, Jeannette (Grant) Stewart, his son Robert Stewart III, and his daughter
Following his high school graduation from General Draper High (now Hopedale High, Hopedale, MA)
in 1940, Bob went to work as an apprentice toolmaker at the Draper Corporation, becoming a
specialist in thread grinding. During this time he was also known as a talented baseball player,
playing 3rd base for several semi-pro teams.
With rumors of war on the horizon, Bob entered the ROTC program at the University of New
Hampshire. His education was interrupted by World War II. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944-
1946. The army employed Bob as an Infantry Unit Commander, an Antitank Unit Commander and as a
Military Government Administrative Officer in Japan. Bob left the armed forces as a First Lieutenant,
and returned to civilian life in 1946. He remained a proud US Army veteran throughout the rest of his
Bob then married the understanding and very patient Jeannette (Grant), prior to re-enrolling at UNH,
compliments of the GI Bill. While there, he became a member of Theta Chi fraternity. In 1947, Bob
completed his Mechanical Engineering degree. The Stewarts - 3 kids in tow-were an adventuresome
family, moving to various states and locations as Bob pursued engineering opportunities in
companies such as GE. He developed an avid interest in jet engines, pursuing training in this area.
Bob earned his MBA from Northeastern University in 1957, and in 1961 he was hired by Pratt &
Whitney Aircraft as an engineer focusing on fuel cell research, development and production. The
Stewart family subsequently placed entrenched roots down in Glastonbury, CT.
Bob later became a Marketing Manager for Pratt & Whitney, working closely with the armed services in
Washington, D.C. Nineteen years later, in 1980, Bob retired from Pratt. As a retiree, Bob was able to
pursue some other interests. He became a sought after speaker in the Toastmasters organization. At
Southern Connecticut State University in 1982, Bob completed his MS degree in Drug and Alcohol
Rehabilitation. He was employed for several years by UCONN, and was professionally involved with
AA for many years.
For most of his life, Bob was an avid follower of the Boston Red Sox and all things football. The beauty
and wonder of nature continued to inspire and mesmerize him. Additionally, throughout most of his
lifetime, Bob enjoyed the unsurpassed beauty and peace of the family cottage at Gurnet Point, MA.
There, with battered hat and flannel shirt flaunting several holes, he could continually apply his
engineering skills to the homestead, which he thoroughly enjoyed, while maintaining a basement full
of "potentially needed parts".
Bob is survived by a daughter, Julie Stewart Gargiulo, her husband John, and two grandchildren,
Chloe and Reid Gargiulo of New Hartford, CT. Two sister-in-laws also survive Bob: Shirley Stewart of
Lady Lake, Florida and her two children, Lea and Barry and their families; and Gladys Bruce of PA and
her four children Sara Jane, Paul, Chris and Bill. Bob was also devoted to two other nieces and their
families, the Butterworths of Cape Elizabeth, ME and Bette Davis of Plimpton, MA. He prized all four of
Deb and Frank Butterworth's boys- Andy (and his new wife Linda), Jeff, Tim and Jonathan. Bob also
leaves behind his long-time companion, Judith Falck of East Hartford, CT, and her daughters and their
families whom he loved deeply. Beloved sister-in-laws, nephews, nieces and friends still with us will
also mourn the passing of the congenial Bob.
With a wink, and a smile, and greetings of "hello, sweetheart", or "peace, brother", many will miss his
quick joke and constant sense of fun. Bob's daughter, Julie, wishes to express her heartfelt gratitude
to so many people who have guided and comforted her though her dad's last days, helping to insure
that his final wishes were followed, enabling him to "head home" with comfort and dignity.
There are no calling hours, per Bob's request. Graveside burial will be just family, also according to
Bob's wishes. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Glastonbury Funeral Home, 450 New London
Turnpike, Glastonbury, CT 06033. In lieu of flowers, any who wish to make a memorial donation in
Bob's memory can send it to the Gurnet Saquish Corporation, C/O Anna Hartwick, 5 Catherine Ave.,
Billerica, MA 01821 with much appreciation from the family. To leave an online condolence for his
family, please visit www.glastonburyfuneral.com
Published in Milford Daily News on January 8, 2011
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