Stewart, Al "Alvin" February 26, 1927 - October17, 2016 Al (Alvin) Stewart, 89, died peacefully on Mon. Oct. 17, 2016 at Tidewell Hospice in Sarasota. Al is survived by his beloved wife Tandy, of 46 years, and his two beloved children, Leonard (Lydia) of Spain, and Amy of California, as well as his brother Bernie (Rosemary) and 2 nephews, John and David. Born in Brooklyn on February 26, 1927, he was the son of the late Samuel and Anna Goldberg. At 17, Al enlisted in the Navy where he remained until discharge in 1946. Al's professional career spanned many avenues in the entertainment industry. He performed with Louis Prima, Benny Goodman, Dizzie Gillespie, Woody Herman and Charlie Barnet, amongst others, and also played in numerous Broadway Shows. Al worked numerous radio and TV shows, including Ed Sullivan, Johnny Carson, Jackie Gleason and the Jerry Lewis Telethons. His recently published book MY VIEW FROM THE BANDSTAND was welcomed by the musical community. In 1973 and 75, Al recorded two albums for RCA, which featured him on the piccolo trumpet. Al was a true renaissance man with additional talents in photography and stained glass. His art was sold by Neiman Marcus, Dunhills and Tiffanys, and displayed in the Sarasota area. He was generous to the finish, and will be truly missed. A celebration of life will be held Friday the 21st of October at 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Toale Brothers Funeral Home, North Orange Avenue, followed by a ceremony at the Sarasota National Cemetery on SR72 at 2:00 pm. Donations may be made to the American Kidney Foundation (AKF) or Tidewell Hospice, Sarasota, Florida.
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