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James H. Stewart

Born: Sat., Jan. 22, 1944
Died: Sat., Aug. 15, 2020


Private Funeral Mass


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4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Aug. 19, 2020
Location: Malvern Preparatory School


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James H. Stewart

1944 -2020

 

 

     James H. Stewart, IV  (“Stew”) suddenly passed away August 15, 2020 peacefully with his loving family by his side.  Born January 22, 1944, Stew lived a full life as a husband, father, grandfather, teacher, mentor and coach.  Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary (Keating) and parents James III and Mary. He is survived by his children James V (Andrea), Teresa Lynch (Michael), Matthew (Elinor) and Beth Ann Johnson (Jeremy), nine grandchildren: Jimmy, Madison, Allison, Grace, Natalie, Mary Kate, Jack, Ryan and Nora.  His eight siblings Mary Ann Dearie (late Paul), Thomas (Susan), Joan Cunningham (Michael), Barbara Cuneo (Donald), Rosemary Savelloni (Angelo), Paul (Debbie), Michael (Eileen) and Kevin.


 

     As a husband and father, Jim was the center of our world. As much as his public life connected him as a role model, mentor and friend to many, our father was a very private person. We will remember him for his deep and abiding faith in God, his love for our mother and for the greatness of his strong yet gentle heart. Dad was known for cooking breakfast on Sunday mornings, waiting in the car in the driveway 15 minutes before we were supposed to leave the house, sledding at Malvern, and an incredible love for Christmas Eve. If he was washing the car and scrubbing the whitewalls, you knew to steer clear. When he sat on the front porch he could tell stories for hours. He loved to catch people by surprise. Whether it was waking us with a vacuum cleaner at 6:30 on a Saturday morning - because he thought we were all awake - or if it was surprising a former pool employee with an unexpected visit the smile he wore lit up a room. He especially loved “Stew’s Visits” to the many people he shared his life with everyday.  The Jersey Shore was his favorite place to be. He was an avid reader. Bruce Springsteen will never have a bigger fan as he attended hundreds of concerts over the years. Most of all, he adored his loving grandchildren. You would never know it but Stew cradled the babies as often as he could. He adored feeding them, even when they blew raspberries in his face. What a gift it has been to see him with our children. We are deeply blessed.


 

     Stew’s leadership at Malvern Prep spanned 48 years. Initially hired as a Spanish teacher, Jim later held many roles, ultimately serving as Head of School and President.  His devotion to the students, faculty and the Malvern community was second to none.  “Mr. Stewart” modeled servant leadership through his devotion to God, mentoring and counseling thousands of students and living Malvern’s mission of “Veritas, Unitas, Caritas.” Mr. Stewart was omni-present, regardless of the event. He was not afraid to step in and shovel snow in a snowstorm nor stand at a BASH event mingling with parents. During the majority of his years in leadership, Jim maintained a teaching schedule in addition to his administrative responsibilities. He wanted to be in touch with the students and with the language he taught. Our father genuinely loved and cared for the faculty, staff and students of the school as if they were his own.  This legacy has forever changed the course of the school and those who have walked the campus.


 

     When he wasn’t found at Malvern, you could find Stew spending his summers at Aronimink Swim Club. From the echo of “WALK” from the infamous corner of the pool deck to being known to run the fastest swim meet in the county Jim’s voice could be heard from all corners of the pool. Quietly over the years he taught many adults to swim. If kids who were “benched” became repeat offenders, Stew would reach out to them to try to connect and figure out how to guide them to making better choices. Stew mentored many who worked for him long past his years at the pool. Through his time there Stew created lifelong friendships.


 

     Perhaps the greatest impact Stew is known for is his dedication to coaching St. Dorothy’s 7th and 8th grade football program.  Stew spent 50 years from August to Thanksgiving not only teaching the game but more importantly, teaching his players about life. Each player had a role and more importantly, each player had a nickname. Football allowed him to combine his love of the game and his love for teaching. It was always a celebration to beat St. Bernadette’s on Thanksgiving Day.


 

     He lived a very active life as a former triathlete and loved playing basketball, football and most recently, was swimming hundreds of laps a week at Aronimink.  He enjoyed watching Philadelphia Sports Teams and college football.  


 

     In so many ways our father was larger than life to so many people. To us, he was Dad. A simple, honorable, Christian who taught us to love and be loved. He will live forever in our hearts.


 

     In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent to the James and Mary Stewart Scholarship Fund care of Malvern Prep. Give online @ http://www.malvernprep.org/supportus/give-online or via mail at Malvern Prep 418 S. Warren Avenue Malvern, PA 19355 or to the James and Mary Stewart Scholarship Fund benefitting the students of St. Dorothy’s School at 1225 Burmont Road, Drexel Hill, PA 19026.

    Jim’s family will receive  relatives and friends on Wednesday, August 19, 2020,  from 4-8pm, at Malvern Preparatory School, 418 S. Warren Avenue, Malvern PA 19355. Mask will be required and social distancing will be observed out of respect and safety for all those attending. His Funeral Mass and burial will be held privately.

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Michele Mammele
   Posted Mon August 17, 2020
Dear Beth and family,
Our sincere condolences to all. We will always remember the St. Dot's / Aronimink days with your dad and mom.
I hope you find comfort in all the wonderful memories and in the way your dad impacted so many lives.
Take care,
Mr. and Mrs. Mammmele

Susan Nasuti
   Posted Mon August 17, 2020
He was such a great neighbor, and also a great friend to my husband. He loved to tease my kids, especially Claire, who was born shortly after we moved next to the Stewarts. He called her "Box of Chocolates", even into her teenage years. One of my favorite memories was the time that Matt had an injury that he thought Mrs. Nasuti, the nurse, could fix, because he didn't want his mom to know about it. Jim and I conspired to keep the severity of the injury a secret from Mary until it was healed enough not to shock her. I am sorry he is gone, but glad that there was not prolonged suffering. He would have been very impatient with that! Finally, I do hope that there are Snickerdoodles in Heaven for him. He deserves them!

Nicholas Carnevale
   Posted Mon August 17, 2020
My sincere condolences go out to Jim's family. I never met a better person and a nicer man than Jim. I will always remember Jim and our time's he and I spent at the gym. Rest In Peace Jim.

Alan Tomaszewski
   Posted Mon August 17, 2020
I am deeply saddened by the loss of a former colleague and friend. I wish to extend my sincerest condolences to Jim’s immediate and extended families on their loss. In those thirty years that we worked together, I grew to know Jim as an prayerful Christian man and a tireless worker, dedicated to his family, to his profession and to Malvern Prep. He was a true role model for all of us who had the pleasure of knowing him. May Our Lord Jesus Christ grant him His everlasting peace.

Bob McCreight
   Posted Tue August 18, 2020
I am sorry to see the passing of "Stew". My Spanish II Teacher at La Salle, The oppossing Coach to my three sons Saint Denis Bulldawgs Teams, and The Malvern Teacher-Headmaster when I catered BASH. For over 50 years He would always say "Hey Moon" and I, Hi Mr. Stewart and later just "Stew" . He was a Good Teacher and always respectful to others. I will always remember him coming up to three of us while standing in Malvern Gym, catering BASH. He taught Joe McDevitt at Roman, me at La Salle and my brother-in-law Tom Williamson at Malvern. He just laughed. St. Dot's and Malvern and all of us will never know a nicer man. God Bless Jim Stewart.

Jack Magee
   Posted Tue August 18, 2020
During this most difficult time, please know that our prayers are with you and your family.
Also know I will be forever grateful for the time spent and the lessons that my sons learned from such a Great Man !! God Bless You Stew!!!

Thad Kirk
   Posted Tue August 18, 2020
I was stunned and saddened to learn of the passing of Jim Stewart. My condolences go out to his entire family.

There are few people outside of my family for whom it can be said that I would not be who I am today without their influence in my life. Stew is one of those few. I had the privilege of knowing Stew first as a seventh- and eighth-grade football player at St. Dot’s (nickname: “Unit”) and then as a student at Malvern Prep for four years. I also spent five summers as a lifeguard at Aronimink Swim Club. Although I started there the year after Stew stepped down, his presence was palpable. There, I worked with his son Matt, who to me was the image of his father, in appearance but more importantly in character.

As a middle-class kid from Delco, I was fortunate to be able to attend Malvern on a scholarship. Malvern unquestionably shaped me into the person I am today, but I know I would have never had that chance had it not been for Stew. Yet the extraordinary thing about Stew is that there is nothing unique about my story. It is a testament to the man he was that hundreds, if not thousands, of men can say the same thing.

Stew was a mentor like few people could be, and his mentorship reached every person he touched. He had so many life lessons that remain with me today. One was a pair of questions he put to me and my fellow incoming Malvern freshmen: “Where are you going, and how are you going to get there?” These questions taught me as a young man to think first of my goals and then focus on what it would take to achieve them. I still think of this message every time I set goals for myself, whether personally or professionally. Another example of one of Stew’s life lessons was to “make today matter.” This taught me to make an effort every day to do something important—whether it was doing something to advance academically or professionally, connecting with my faith, or doing a good deed for others. “Make today matter” is a mantra I still repeat to myself often when I seek meaning in my everyday life, and to this day I think of Stew and his wisdom whenever I do.

Stew’s passing is a devastating blow to every community he touched, especially Malvern and St. Dot’s. His extraordinary leadership, wisdom, and friendship will be sorely missed. But the marks he left will long live on, both in the community as a whole and in the thousands of lives he changed forever. May Stew rest in peace, knowing that this world is a much better place because of him.

Thad Kirk (a/k/a “Unit”)
Malvern Prep Class of 2006
St. Dot’s Class of 2002

John and Maggie Manning
   Posted Tue August 18, 2020
So sorry to learn of Jim's passing. As kids we were neighbors and we spent many hours playing basketball together in his back yard. Our condolences to all of Jim's family. May he rest in peace. He will be missed! John and Maggie Manning

Mike Nolen
   Posted Tue August 18, 2020
Stewart Family,

I grew up at Aronimink swim club. I was there almost every day from age 6 to 18. I was petrified of Mr. Stewart and was benched many, many times. On the day of my high school graduation, I injured my eye playing basketball at the club. I was bleeding badly and in a lot of pain. The "real" Mr. Stewart ran down the stairs to help me. I'll never forget the care and concern he provided. God Bless

John Riehl
   Posted Wed August 19, 2020
Dear Members of the Stewart Family,

Like so many, I knew Stew through his involvement with and extraordinary dedication to the football program at St. Dorothy's and all things Aronomink Swim Club. Never was there an individual more loved and respected than he. The lessons taught to me then remain with me to this day along with an unparalleled love for the game of football. Thank you sharing such a wonderful role model with us for so many years. He will be sorely missed.

With my deepest sympathies,

John "Tiger" Riehl

Mike Schanne
   Posted Wed August 19, 2020
Dear Stewart Family,

We were stunned and saddened to hear of Jim's passing. I first met Jim in 1952 when my family moved to Drexel Hill and St. Dorothy's Parish. I spent so much time with Jim at The Courts, The Pool, Lens Den, and Jim's Bar. We attended so many great sporting events together. A great man rooted in faith and education on and off the playing field. Jim like his coach Ed Smith gave the kids of St. Dots the greatest gift a man can give - his TIME. I don't think anyone touched more young lives in such a positive way. You're spirit will live on through them. What a full life lived.
My wife Barbara (Heavey) and I were blessed to know the Stewart Family growing up and are praying for the family in this time of sorrow.
You were the best Stew. RIP
Schanner
St. Dots 1959

Michael
   Posted Wed August 19, 2020
Dear Stewart Family,
The entire Whitlock Family was so positively impacted by "Stew" that words will never express the gratitude and love that we will always feel for him. Whether it was on the football field or just offering a caring hand, Jim was always available. He was gentleman & scholar whose faith and enthusiasm shined through to those around him. I am a better man for having known and played for Jim Stewart.
We are sorry your loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

Sincerely yours,
Spider

John Bevilacqua"Jay"
   Posted Thu August 20, 2020
Dear Stewart Family,

Our deepest sorrows on the passing of Jim. Please draw on the happy memories of Jim as many of did as a father, sibling, mentor, coach, teacher, and friend to all in the St. Dot's, Malvern Prep and other family groups. His contributions and teachings will live on for many years with all those who had the pleasure of knowing Jim. Best wishes, Jay

Michael T Wilks
   Posted Thu August 20, 2020
Dear Stewart family, I am deeply saddened by the death of Jim. He was a great leader growing up in Pilgrim Gardens and such a huge St. Dot’s fan. I will never forget me and a few of my other friends would sneak into Aronimick Swim Club. He would see
Me and say”Hey Wilks, I see you. Since when did you become a member?” He played the tough guy but he was peaceful man deep in his heart.

He will be missed.

The Wilks’s

chris liberatore
   Posted Fri August 21, 2020
I'm so sad about Jim's passing. When Mom and Dad were alive he would kick off Christmas Eve bearing gifts.

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