A Life Well Lived
Lawrence E. Stewart, of Brookfield, CT, passed away peacefully at home on April 28, 2021 of natural causes. He was born in Sherwood, ND, on July 3, 1936, the fourth child of Lillie and Claude Stewart. Larry graduated from Sherwood High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education and English from Minot State University, Minot, ND. After graduation from college, he served two years active duty in the U.S. Army at Sandia Base in Albuquerque, NM. After he was honorably discharged, Larry taught for two years at Atwater High School in California. In 1962, Larry moved to Connecticut after accepting a teaching position at Danbury High School, where he taught business and accounting for 33 years. He retired in 1995. Advanced college degrees earned by Larry were Master of Science from Western Connecticut State University and a Certificate of Advanced Study from Southern Connecticut State University.
Larry had a passion for the theatrical arts. He performed in plays and musicals during his time in high school and college. From 1962 to 1992, Larry was a very active member of the Country Players of Brookfield (now known as the Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, Inc.), serving as president and treasurer for many of those years. He directed and produced plays and musicals at Danbury High School as well as at the Brookfield Playhouse. He was a founding member of the Arts Commission of Brookfield and served as its first chairperson.
Larry is predeceased by his wife, Patricia A. Gilbert Stewart, by his parents, and by his two brothers, Floyd and Jack, and one sister, Mary Ann. He is survived by his children, David Stewart of Grand Junction, CO and Amy Stewart of Brookfield, CT, by his grandchildren, Henry and Saunders, by his great-grand son, Easton, and by beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.
Larry touched many lives in his 84 years. His love of the arts and theater were inspiring to those of us who had the privilege of witnessing his creativity, leadership, talent and kindness. He could do it all: directing, producing, acting, singing, dancing, choreography, set design and construction, lighting…the list could go on and on. Larry also loved to travel and was able to visit all corners of the globe during his lifetime.
Donations can be made in Larry’s name to any of the following: American Parkinson Disease Association, The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, or Ridgefield VNA Hospice program.
A memorial service, to be held in Brookfield sometime in early fall 2021, is currently being planned. Larry – you will be missed…save us a seat in the balcony.
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American Parkinson Disease Association
PO Box 61420, Staten Island NY 10306
27 Governor St, Ridgefield CT 06877
The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts
184 Whisconier Rd, Brookfield CO 06804