James R. Stewart
James R. Stewart, better known to friends and family as Jim, was born in West Fairview on June 8th, 1943 and docked his boat for the final time on October 11th, 2016. Jim was a retired driver for Harrisburg Electrical Supply Company. He also regaled us with stories of his other jobs as a grave digger and a gas station attendant. Jim's first love was the Susquehanna River. He hunted, fished, trapped and knew many of its islands by name. Nothing made him happier than a day on the river, either alone or with others. Jim was a longtime member of The Susquehanna River Waterfowlers Association and an avid duck hunter and decoy carver. He won numerous awards for his decoy carvings and painting skills including many Blue Ribbons at The Pennsylvania Sportsman's show. At one time he had his work showcased at the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum in Havre de Grace, Maryland. His work is in various private collections all along the east coast. From time to time he would find one of his birds on eBay and buy it back. Jim is survived by his daughter, Tina Berrier, Craig Berrier and his granddaughter, Zoe; his daughter, Cindy Stewart and her partner, Robert Alexander; his son, Richard Stewart and his wife Jennifer and his grandchildren, Joey, Becca, Brianna and Dustin; his daughter, Stacey Skelton and her husband, Mike. He is also survived by his brother, Timothy Stewart and his wife Kathy, and his brother, Michael Stewart and his wife Willa. He was preceded in death by his father, James R. Stewart; his mother, Margaret (Peg) Stewart; his brother Joseph Stewart and his sister Ruth Gebhard. A riotous celebration of Jim's life will be held Saturday, October 15th at the Fairview Firehouse at 2 PM. Friends and family are invited to attend. There will be no viewing or service. Please feel free to bring any old photos you may have to share. There will be time set aside for stories, because every Stewart loves a good story. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jim's name to the American Heart Association.
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