J2717

Mourning the death of William A. Stewart Sr., Korean War Veteran, courageous firefighter, and devoted member of his community

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J2717



Senate Resolution No. 2717

BY: Senator HARCKHAM

MOURNING the death of William A. Stewart Sr.,
Korean War Veteran, courageous firefighter, and
devoted member of his community

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is moved to publicly mourn the death
of those prominent citizens whose lifework and purposeful endeavors have
served to enrich and enhance the quality and character of life for
others in their community and the great State of New York; and

WHEREAS, William A. Stewart Sr., a true American patriot, died on
Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the age of 86; and

WHEREAS, William A. Stewart Sr. was born to Margaret (Hughes) and
Robert Stewart on December 27, 1932, in Mount Kisco, New York; after
graduating from the local high school, he proudly served his country as
a member of the United States Army during the Korean War; and

WHEREAS, Upon the completion of his military service, William A.
Stewart Sr. earned his degrees from Paul Smith's College and Denver
University; he then worked for Thomas Fox and Son Caterers for numerous
years, retiring with the title of President; and

WHEREAS, In addition to his career, William A. Stewart Sr.
volunteered his time and energies in service to his community; for
almost seven decades he was a vital member of the Ancient Fife and Drum
Corps and the Mount Kisco Independent Fire Company, where he held the
position of Chief; during this time, he also belonged to the Westchester
County Association of Fire Chiefs; and

WHEREAS, Moreover, this remarkable man was an usher and lifelong
parishioner at St. Francis of Assisi Church, and was a member of the
Mount Kisco Historical Society, Memorial Day Parade Committee, and the
Mount Kisco Rotary Club, where he was recognized as a three-time Paul
Harris Fellow; and

WHEREAS, William A. Stewart Sr. was a treasured part of his
community, and was always ready and willing to help anyone, especially
his fellow residents at Woodcrest Condominiums; with a warm smile and a
kind heart, he touched the lives of each and every person he met; and

WHEREAS, William A. Stewart Sr. deeply loved his country and the
American flag; along with a fellow Woodcrest resident, he would raise
the flag at daybreak and lower it at dusk, and whenever he drove past
the flagpole, he would get out of his vehicle and respectfully salute
Old Glory, a sight his neighbors will truly miss; and

WHEREAS, Predeceased by his sister, Jane, and brother, Robert,
William A. Stewart Sr. is survived by his wife, Joan (Fox) Stewart;
three sons, William Jr. (Linda), James (Higgins), and John (Duskie); two
daughters, Margaret (Gerry) and Ellen (Chip); nine grandchildren;
sister-in-law, Pat Reilly, and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as a
legion of fellow firefighters, veterans, and friends who will long
cherish his memory; and


WHEREAS, Throughout his meritorious life, William A. Stewart Sr.
touched many through his kindness and commitment to service, and, as we
recall the loss of this great man, we memorialize his remarkable life
and the enormous impact he had on everyone with whom he came in contact;
and

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to convey its
grateful appreciation and heartfelt regret in recognition of a faithful
and passionate gentleman who dedicated his purposeful life and career in
faithful service to his family and community; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of William A. Stewart Sr., Korean War Veteran,
courageous firefighter, and devoted member of his community; and be it
further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the family of William A. Stewart Sr.

actions

  • 29 / Jan / 2020
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 04 / Feb / 2020
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 04 / Feb / 2020
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

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Resolutions, Legislative

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