James C. Stewart
Stewart, 99 years, had lived his entire life in Wilmington, Delaware and
passed away peacefully on December 27, 2014. Jim was born at his family's home
on Lincoln Street on November 16, 1915. He grew up in the Forty Acres
community with his parents Samuel Peter and Harriett Hanby
Stewart, his sister Mildred, and brothers, Al and Sam. Jim graduated from
Wilmington High School in 1932 and from the University of Delaware in 1938.
He and Helen Susan Mathieu, also from Wilmington, began 56 years of married
life in 1939.
Jim started his DuPont Company
career in 1942 as a buyer in the Purchasing Department. The same year, he
was ordered to active duty as 1st Lieutenant in the Anti-Aircraft Command.
He served in the European Theater of Operations from 1942-1945 and was
honorably discharged with the rank of Major in 1946, when he returned to
DuPont's Purchasing Department. During his 38 years with DuPont he served
as Assistant Manager of the Hotel DuPont and was Director of General
Services at the time of his retirement in 1980.
Jim's love of people and God's world led to a remarkable
family life and close friendships as well as a distinguished career in
public service. Leadership opportunities were welcomed by him as he served
on the AAA Mid Atlantic Delaware Regional Board, Greater Wilmington
Development Council, Old Brandywine Village, Wilmington Club, Lincoln Club,
Rotary Club of Wilmington
DE, The Curran Foundation, American Red Cross, Y.M.C.A of Delaware,
University of Delaware Alumni Association, Peninsula Methodist Homes,
Presbyterian Homes, Delaware Symphony, United Way of Delaware, Sigma Nu
Fraternity, New Castle Presbytery, National Council of Presbyterian Men and
Hanover Presbyterian Church. He had a strong dedication to education for
all children and youth.
Above all, Jim and Susan Stewart loved their FAMILY! Jim
celebrated his 99th birthday on November 16th with his children, his
grandchildren and his great grandchildren. At the party, many wonderful
memories of summers in Avalon, family celebrations, family trips, long
walks at Longwood Gardens,his love of golfing,
his passion for sports, and Sundays at the Phillies were shared. They
treasured the unique gifts of each family member. Their children include:
Susan S. Williamson (Randy) and Rebecca S. Arnold (Tim) both of Wilmington
DE, Louise S. Leach of Harrisonburg, VA, James C. Stewart, Jr. (Kingsport,
TN), and Linda S. Zankowsky (Michael) Garnet
Valley, PA. Susan Stewart died on July 26, 1996. Grandchildren: Karen E.
Leach NC, Randy S. Williamson (Gwenna) CT, Julie
A. Williamson CO, Heather L. Lankford (Andy) VA, Mathieu Arnold
(Stephanie), Ben Arnold (Christy) Peter Arnold all of DE,Mark
Arnold IN, Brian and Gregory Zankowsky PA. Great
Grandchildren: Emma and Drew Lankford, Zachary Williamson, Jacob, Sam and
Olivia Arnold, and Nathaniel Arnold.
Jim and his friend Peggy Ayres spent many happy times
together in the last 18 years, including regular attendance at Red Clay
Presbyterian Church. Jim will be fondly remembered by his many friends at Pelleport, where he exercised three times a week, and
Wilmington Country Club, where he enjoyed golfing and dining with family
and friends for many years.
The family's sincere appreciation goes to the Wilmington
Hospital ACE unit, Home Instead, Elder Care, The Country House Health Care
and Compassionate Care Hospice. Friends and family are invited to a
celebration of Jim's life on Saturday, January 3 at 11:00 followed by a
noon lunch at Hanover Presbyterian Church, 1801 Baynard
Boulevard, in Wilmington. In lieu of flowers please consider supporting an
organization which has special meaning to you. For online condolences,
Published in The News Journal from Dec. 28, 2014 to
Jan. 2, 2015