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Charles A. Stewart

October 11, 2021

Charles A. StewartCharles A. Stewart, 94, Ives Hill Retirement Community, Watertown, passed away at Hospice of Jefferson County on the morning of October 11, 2021, after a brief illness.

Born in Watertown, NY on August 24, 1927, he was the son of C. Arthur and Edith Smith Stewart. He graduated from Theresa High School in 1944 and St. Lawrence University in 1947 with a B.A. in history and government.

He worked for the Kemper Insurance Companies as a marketing manager for northern New York State from July 1947 to July 1992.

In 1952 and 1953, he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Okinawa as a staff member of the Armed Forces Radio Service.

On April 15, 1954, he married Janet Louise McMurray at St. James Episcopal Church in Theresa, NY with the Reverend Frederick Haworth presiding. Mrs. Stewart, an English teacher for the Watertown City School District, died June 9, 2016.

Mr. Stewart is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Mark Scheer, Mechanicsburg, PA, Cynthia and Timothy Brunett, Canton, MI, a son, Kevin, Ballston Spa, NY, three grandsons, Christopher Scheer and his wife, Priscilla, Clay, NY, Shaun Genter and his wife, Jessica Harper, Washington, D.C., Mitchell Brunett, Seattle, WA, a granddaughter, Lindsey Battiste and her husband, Matthew, Charlton, NY, three great-grandsons, Jacob Scheer, Louis Battiste, and Charles Harper-Genter, and two great-granddaughters, Lila Scheer and Fiona Battiste.

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Watertown, the Mariners' Church, Detroit, MI, the American Legion Post # 61, Watertown, and the New York State Retired Teachers Association. He was an avid reader, and enjoyed stamp collecting, playing golf and bridge.

The family would like to express its gratitude to the staffs of Samaritan Medical Center and Hospice of Jefferson County for their kindness and thoughtful care.

The funeral service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church on Thursday, October 14, at 11 AM with Rev. Molly Payne-Hardin, pastor, presiding followed by burial in Brookside Cemetery. The church requires masks and social distancing for attendance at the funeral services. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc. and online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street, Watertown, NY 13601 or the charity of your choice.


#9 Russell Strait 2021-10-18 15:13
I am truly sorry about Charlie's passing.
He was a great friend, a skilled professional.
He approached life as he did all else -with compassion,
integrity, skill and humor. He met me in the front of my parents insurance agency in 1948, when I was in a crib,
and usually said when he called on us that I hadn't matured much since that time. He is a friend. I am a better person for knowing charlie stewart.
Russ Strait
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#8 Linda Hargrave 2021-10-15 11:54
Dear Cindy, Karen and Kevin,

I'm so sad to hear of your dad's passing. He is the last of the greats. I will miss his wonderful Christmas letters. It was always the first one of the season! I remember fondly an afternoon on a golf course with my mom, dad, and Greg, where I became "Shorty " and he became "Chuck". He had a terrific sense of humor, your dad! He will be missed. Love, Linda and Greg
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#7 Chris and John Ramus 2021-10-14 19:22
Dear Kevin, Karen, Cindy and your families,
We were out of town at the time of your dad's funeral but wanted to be sure to express our sincere condolences to all of you. He was such a wonderful man and neighbor as was your mom! They both made us feel so welcome within the "Thompson Boulevard Family"! We remember so fondly our neighborhood gatherings with great conversations and we always looked foreward to the "old neighborhood" stories they shared (the fun and sometimes mischievous times had by all). They were both such caring and kind people, always looking out for and doing special things for each of us in the neighborhood. There are so many more great memories we could share but most importantly we want you to know what a treasure he and your mom were not only to our family but to the entire neighborhood!
With Much Love,
The Ramus Family
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#6 Henry and Ann Schaab 2021-10-14 09:12
Kevin, Karen and Cynthia We have many wonderful memories of Charlie , personally and business. Many hours were shared together. Sorry we are unable to be with you at this time, as we are in Florida, but our prayers and thoughts are with you in our absence. Henry and Ann
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#5 Richard Collins 2021-10-13 20:57
Kevin, Karen and Cindy, so sorry to hear that your dad has passed, We so enjoyed the holiday letters from your mom and dad, hearing about all your families. Our thought and prayers are with you all. Cathy and Rick
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#4 Sue Shannon 2021-10-13 14:57
Karen, Cindy, and Kevin,
Praying for you as you go through the weeks and years ahead. May you find comfort in knowing how well respected your parents were, not only by our family, but by all who knew them in your community. Our thoughts are with you at this time. Love, Sue
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#3 Sara Jones Moran 2021-10-13 13:03
Dear Kevin and family,
I was very sad to hear about your dad's passing. As you know, our parents were good friends and colleagues for many years with our moms working together at Watertown High School and our dads working together at Kemper Insurance Company. My parents enjoyed spending time with your parents at Ives and they visited with each other often in the dining room and at bridge. I often had the opportunity to visit with your parents at Ives and they loved to share stories about your family and what was new in your lives. They were so proud of all of you. Your dad was so kind and helpful to my mom as her health declined and our family appreciated his friendship during that difficult time. I send my sincere sympathies to you and wish you comfort in your time of loss. Sara Jones Moran
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#2 Lona Carr Breitkopf 2021-10-13 09:50
Charlie was a playmate of my dad's back in the 1930s Theresa. He and my dad, Clifford (Blondie) Carr, Jr reconnected at Ives until Dad's death in 2014. Mom continued at Ives until about 2018 and each time I stayed overnight with her and went for coffee early in the morning, Charlie could be found on the exercise bike from which he always waved hello.
The angels surely carried him up to meet his wife and family gone before.
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#1 Venkat Chebolu 2021-10-12 16:13
Kevin, Karen and Cynthia,
It is with great sorrow that we note the passing of your dad Charlie. Charlie and Janet made my family and me feel very special since we became his neighbor on Thompson Boulevard. He made our daughters’ Halloweens and birthdays extra special. Vela remembers Charlie riding his bike and washing his Cadillac. I remember Charlie’s service in Okinawa and his Manhattans and the US flag he presented me the very day I became a US citizen. The Summer evenings spent on his patio shooting the breeze were priceless. My mom knew Charlie for only a few months, but she kept bringing him up in our conversations frequently. We will miss Charlie dearly. Our deepest condolences to you and yours.
Venkat Chebolu and family
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