Fred R. Stewart of Dover passed away Thursday, November 24, 2011 at the Delaware Hospice Center, Milford with his daughter Marie by his side. He was 89.


Fred R. Stewart of Dover passed away Thursday, November 24, 2011 at the Delaware Hospice Center, Milford with his daughter Marie by his side. He was 89.

Fred was born August 19, 1922 in Kingston, NY to the late Marie Stewart.

He had graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic High School in 1940. Fred then went to enlist and proudly served our country in the United States Air Force in 1943. He fought in WWII and retired as a MSgt in 1965 after 22 years of service. Fred had received several awards, commendations and medals. After his military career, Fred worked at Leeds Travelwear in Clayton as plant foreman. Upon the company’s closure, he went to work for Dover Electric Supply as a counter salesman, until his retirement in 1984.

Fred enjoyed coin collecting, crossword puzzles and listening to his favorite music. He especially his daily morning outings at Hall’s Family Restaurant, having breakfast and socializing with his good friends. In his younger days, Fred could be found in his garage tinkering and repairing. If it was broke he could fix it. He also loved to sing and was always the “Light of the party”. Fred was quick witted, kind hearted and a loving man.  He found great joy in giving and helping others his whole life, while never expecting anything in return. He saw the good and silver lining in every situation. Fred will be sadly missed and will live on in the hearts of everyone who knew him. Fred was a life member of the American Legion.

In addition to his mother he was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy E. Stewart; and two sisters, Hazel and Genevieve.

He is survived by his two daughters, Marie A. Carey and her husband Don with whom he lived of Dover, Brenda Stewart of Laurel Springs, NJ; six grandchildren, Melissa Carey Don Carey, Jr., Dylan Carey, Matthew Stanley, Ashley Stanley and Angelica Squilla; also two adoring nieces, Ida Shesa and Jenny Landry; and special friend Sophie Masker.

Graveside service with military honors, 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to Delaware Hospice, 911 S. Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.

Letters of condolence may be sent, and guestbook signed at torbertfuneral.com.