Stewart, Rev. Alexander Jr.


SHELBURNE, Vt. - Rev. Alexander Stewart, Jr., 83, died peacefully in his sleep October 28, 2017 in Shelburne, Vermont. An elder who transferred into the Western PA Conference to serve as pastor of Crafton UMC in 1964, four years later, he moved to Boston University School of Theology as planned giving director. 

Born September 7, 1924 in Clinton Mass., his parents were Rev. Alexander Stewart and Dr. Annalee Stewart of Washington, D.C. His wife of 68 years, Hilda Hill Stewart of Louisville, MS, preceded him in death on October 4, 2014.

A graduate of Northfield/Mount Hermon School, Tufts University and Colgate Rochester Divinity School, Alexander Jr was a Methodist minister in New York State and Western Pennsylvania. In 1969 he led the planned giving department at Boston University School of Theology, and later at Harvard University. He then was a Vice President of the MSPCA until his retirement.

Long active in civil rights, social justice and environmental causes, he became a leader in his community of Northfield, Mass., where his father had purchased a property in 1929.

He is survived by his son Alex Stewart and his wife Yin Mei of Burlington Vt.; his son David Stewart and his wife Wendy Gold of Durham N.H.; four grandchildren: Parker of Durham N.H., John and Zora of Burlington Vt., Chandra Weintz  of New York City; and two great grandchildren, Marci Abigail Weintz and Sarah Ruth Weintz of New York City.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor of his beloved daughter, Marci Jane Stewart.

A memorial service was to be held in Northfield, Mass., at a future date. Arrangements are in the care of the Cremation Society of Chittenden County, Burlington, Vt.

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