In memory of
Alan Fraser Stewart
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In memory of
Alan Fraser Stewart
WILMINGTON, VT – Alan Fraser Stewart of Wilmington and formerly of Pelham, Massachusetts, died on July 26 at the Albany Medical Center of complications after a fall.  Alan was born on September 19, 1940 in Windermere, England, the eldest son of Violet and William Stewart.  After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry at the University of Nottingham, he emigrated to the United States in 1965, first to Philadelphia before settling in Pelham in 1969, and there earned his MBA from Western New England College.  While in Philadelphia he met and later married Gudrun Lichtner.  Alan worked in executive positions for several firms in the paper coating industry in quality control, manufacturing, and in sales and business development. He founded his own company, Digital Imaging International, and became the Senior Director of Business Development for Sihl AG in Zurich, Switzerland.  In addition to Gudrun, Alan leaves behind a son Alex and his wife Michelle and their son Axel in Tempe, Arizona; a son Christopher and his wife Katrin in Zurich; a son Erik and his wife Valerie and their sons Brian and Sean in Palo Alto, California; a brother Robert in India and a second brother John and sister Jennifer, both in England.  In the Amherst area, Alan was a trustee of the Common School and served as its first Development Director. Alan and Gudrun moved to Wilmington, in 2000, where Alan played a central role in re-establishing mooring rights for the Windham Sailing Club on the Harriman Reservoir. Also, as a member of the Whitingham-Halifax Lions Club, Alan witnessed first-hand the acute problem of hunger in his community.  This moved him to increase his involvement in the Lions, substantially expanding support for those in need as well as the size and reach of the club.   Alan and Gudrun enjoyed hiking in the southwestern U.S. and in the Alps, especially in the Dolomites.  They also relished taking local hikes with their neighbors and friends.  Alan's love of music is legendary.  He once managed a rock and roll band, enjoyed listening to The Talking Heads turned up loud, sang regularly with the Brattleboro Concert Choir and the Pioneer Valley Chorus, and he also loved singing at home with friends. He and Gudrun enjoyed many varieties of classical music as well, especially at the Marlboro Music Festival and on their annual pilgrimage to listen to opera in Berlin.  Alan worked for political change his whole adult life, in the hope of bringing greater social justice to his community. More generally, he brought an engaging and infectious passion to his work, family, friendships, and avocations. He was well known for his laugh, sharp wit, and his warmth.  Funeral arrangements are private.  In lieu of flowers, donations to honor Alan may be made to the Whitingham-Halifax Lions Club, PO Box 367, Jacksonville, VT 05342, or to the Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way, Brattleboro, VT 05304.  To sign a Guest Book, express condolences, share memories and read other obituaries, go to legacy.com/obituaries/gazettenet.
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In memory of
Alan Fraser Stewart
WILMINGTON, VT – Alan Fraser Stewart of Wilmington and formerly of Pelham, Massachusetts, died on July 26 at the Albany Medical Center of complications after a fall.  Alan was born on September 19, 1940 in Windermere, England, the eldest son of Violet and William Stewart.  After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry at the University of Nottingham, he emigrated to the United States in 1965, first to Philadelphia before settling in Pelham in 1969, and there earned his MBA from Western New England College.  While in Philadelphia he met and later married Gudrun Lichtner.  Alan worked in executive positions for several firms in the paper coating industry in quality control, manufacturing, and in sales and business development. He founded his own company, Digital Imaging International, and became the Senior Director of Business Development for Sihl AG in Zurich, Switzerland.  In addition to Gudrun, Alan leaves behind a son Alex and his wife Michelle and their son Axel in Tempe, Arizona; a son Christopher and his wife Katrin in Zurich; a son Erik and his wife Valerie and their sons Brian and Sean in Palo Alto, California; a brother Robert in India and a second brother John and sister Jennifer, both in England.  In the Amherst area, Alan was a trustee of the Common School and served as its first Development Director. Alan and Gudrun moved to Wilmington, in 2000, where Alan played a central role in re-establishing mooring rights for the Windham Sailing Club on the Harriman Reservoir. Also, as a member of the Whitingham-Halifax Lions Club, Alan witnessed first-hand the acute problem of hunger in his community.  This moved him to increase his involvement in the Lions, substantially expanding support for those in need as well as the size and reach of the club.   Alan and Gudrun enjoyed hiking in the southwestern U.S. and in the Alps, especially in the Dolomites.  They also relished taking local hikes with their neighbors and friends.  Alan's love of music is legendary.  He once managed a rock and roll band, enjoyed listening to The Talking Heads turned up loud, sang regularly with the Brattleboro Concert Choir and the Pioneer Valley Chorus, and he also loved singing at home with friends. He and Gudrun enjoyed many varieties of classical music as well, especially at the Marlboro Music Festival and on their annual pilgrimage to listen to opera in Berlin.  Alan worked for political change his whole adult life, in the hope of bringing greater social justice to his community. More generally, he brought an engaging and infectious passion to his work, family, friendships, and avocations. He was well known for his laugh, sharp wit, and his warmth.  Funeral arrangements are private.  In lieu of flowers, donations to honor Alan may be made to the Whitingham-Halifax Lions Club, PO Box 367, Jacksonville, VT 05342, or to the Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way, Brattleboro, VT 05304.  To sign a Guest Book, express condolences, share memories and read other obituaries, go to legacy.com/obituaries/gazettenet.
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