In memory of
John Edward Stewart John Edward Stewart of San Francisco died of complications from cancer on October 5, 2016. He was 70. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, John moved to the Bay Area in 1972 where he put down permanent roots. John and Kathryn (Kate) Hecht were married in 1999. John is survived by his wife, his daughter Elise Stewart and his grandson Perrin of San Ramon. John also leaves his brother Jim Stewart (Ann) of Casco, Maine, sister, Mary Jo Conn (Joseph) of Scottsdale, Arizona and many nieces and nephews. John worked for eighteen years at the Port of Oakland, where he was an accomplished Project Manager (and a rower on the Port's whaleboat team), retiring in 1994. John lived life with unique style, far from convention yet full of all that makes life rich and worthwhile. Generous and compassionate, he was a free spirit with a quirky sense of humor. His interests were as varied as zydeco dancing, skiing, canoe camping, scuba diving, listening to blue grass music and creating stained glass. John played golf and bridge, and was involved in several community organizations. He delighted in little kids, building stuff and helping others fix things. John and Kate were passionate world travelers, having visited all seven continents. Antarctica, Peru, Italy, Thailand and Namibia were among his favorite trips. After retirement, they traveled across the US and Canada in their RV, seeing the sites and visiting with friends and relatives, but they most enjoyed driving 90 minutes up the coast to Bodega Bay, to their home with an ocean view. What defines John most is not what he did in life, but the impact he had on those whose lives he touched. He made us laugh, feel valued and sometimes scratch our heads. He leaves the world a better place. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. Donations in his honor can be made to Rebuilding Together San Francisco. www.halstedngray.com
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