Brian Michael Stewart, age 68, of Ogdensburg, New York peacefully passed away at home on the evening of Monday, August 4th, 2014 surrounded with love.
There will be a celebration of life at the Freight House Restaurant in Ogdensburg, NY on Saturday, August 30th from 2pm-6pm. Friends and family are welcome and encouraged to join together in celebration of Brian’s life.
Brian is survived by his wife, Kathy Sullivan Stewart, two daughters and two son-in-laws, Courtney and Ted Pietkewicz of Shamokin, Pennsylvania and Brittney and Aaron Sherman of Lisbon, New York, two granddaughters, Kelsie Stewart and Kayla Pietkewicz both of Shamokin, his mother Margaret Stewart of Hammond, a sister-in-law, Gail Stewart of Florida, a sister, Deirdre Stewart of Ogdensburg, two brothers and sister-in-laws Graeme and Susan Stewart of Saugerties, Bruce and Becky Stewart of Hammond, his first wife, Judy Griswold of Florida, as well as several nieces, nephews, and extended family.
He was predeceased by a daughter Heather in 1977, his father George Stewart in 1982, and a brother Keith Stewart in 2011.
Brian was born on November 24, 1945 in Perth, Scotland. His father and mother, George and Margaret Stewart, came to the United States in May of 1950 from Scotland. Brian graduated from Hammond Central School in 1963 and completed two years at Canton ATC. He worked most of his life in sales and advertisement for LM Berry Co., Yellow Book USA, and Transwestern Publishing. Brian also co-founded an air purification company called Zontec in 1983, based out of the Bridge and Port Authority in Ogdensburg, NY. He spent several years traveling North America setting up distributors and making company connections. He met Kathy Sullivan of Perth, Ontario in Alexandria Bay, NY. They married in Perth, Ontario on March 29th, 1983. Brian and Kathy moved to Ogdensburg from Ontario in 1990.
Brian’s favorite pastime was spending time on the St. Lawrence River. He loved boating, fishing, and hunting. Brian was also an avid Syracuse basketball fan. He took pride in landscaping his yard and caring for his gardens. Brian especially enjoyed social gatherings with his family and friends. Each year, he looked forward to vacation time where he would get to spend time with his two granddaughters and teach them about the river and nature.
A very special thank you to Doris Nugent and Jackie Knight, from Hospice, who took incredibly good care of Brian during his last months. Donations in Brian’s memory can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley or The First Congregational Church of Morristown, Pastor Dave Sheppard.