Robert Alexander "Bob" Stewart II

    Robert (Bob) Alexander Stewart II, 88, a resident of Glastonbury, CT for many years, died peacefully on
    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
    Wendy Stewart.

    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

    Published in Milford Daily News on January 8, 2011

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