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Alex L. Stewart

Obituary for Alex L. Stewart

July 19, 1931 - December 29, 2019
San Antonio, Texas | Age 88

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A best friend to many, adoring husband, loving father and grandfather, Alex entered into the presence of Jesus on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at the age of 88. Known for his engaging personality, humorous and witty responses, work ethic and devotion to family, he will be sorely missed. He had the uncanny ability to make people laugh and always engaged those who crossed his path. Those who were lucky enough to know him, loved him.

Alex was born in Rockport, Texas to Winona Sweeney and Alex Randolph Stewart. He was second youngest of 8 children born between 1919 and 1933. He was the "last man" standing of his siblings as they all passed away before him. His family moved to Hallettsville, Texas in 1946 to attend the Catholic high school there.

It was in Hallettsville that he met the woman of his dreams, Margaret Leopold. After a long-distance courtship while he was in navy boot camp, they married May 18, 1953 and started their life in Whidbey Island, Washington where Alex was in the Navy. After a three-year tour of duty, in which the couple welcomed their first son, John, they moved to San Antonio where Alex earned a degree in Physics and Math from St Mary's University while working 40 hours a week and adding two more children, Debbie and Sande. He began his career as an engineer in Dallas where his family grew with the addition of Linda.

Returning to San Antonio in 1968, Alex and Margaret and the four children moved into the home they have now owned for 51 years. The family became complete 9 years later with the birth of Chris in 1970. The house was perfect for entertaining and Alex and Margaret hosted many swim and volleyball parties.

While in San Antonio, Alex put his business acumen to work opening a semi-conducting business (Military Reliability Specialists, later Reltron), managing a commercial laundry and dry-cleaning equipment manufacturing company (Marvel Manufacturing) and rescued and ran a direct mail business (Focus Direct). He retired in 1996.

Just as with their parents, a Catholic education and church involvement was important to Alex and Margaret. They were both very active in Holy Spirit where Alex was president of the PTC and chairman of the school board. After retirement, Alex ramped up his service to the church through Knights of Columbus, running the annual fish fry and festival, serving on building committees, and coaching a Holy Spirit CYO Soccer team for 6 years. Perhaps the lady at the church volunteer fair summed it up best when she said, "Alex, you've done everything that can be done!"

Alex's heart for service was also shown through the 21 years that he and Margaret delivered Meals on Wheels. As he tells it, she "hired" him as a driver. He also volunteered at Habitat for Humanity and SAMS Shelter (sometimes dressed as Santa). Even to this day, he is known for his generous sharing of time and resources, always willing to provide a hand to individuals in need.
It was through Holy Spirit that Alex and Margaret made lifetime friends. They played in a bridge club for 40 years, went dancing 2 to 3 times a week, and took 32 cruises. In addition, they made frequent trips to Hallettsville to visit with family and traveled to see their grown children who had moved away.
When health issues slowed them down, they had to give up dancing and cruising; movies and Red Lobster replaced dancing and they adopted a new routine, which they both embraced.

Even to his last days, Alex stayed active working out five days a week (he wanted to stay strong for Margaret), attending church on Sundays, playing poker once a week with his lifelong comrades and doing the family shopping. He still very much looked forward to his family annual reunion in Bandera and hunting/poker trips to the BonTemps Ranch in south Texas. His love of sports did not wane as he continued to cheer the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Longhorns and Spurs. Margaret's love of reading influenced him in his senior years and he became an avid reader. After daily readings of his Catholic devotional, he would enjoy a Louis L' Amour book, a series that he and his brother Jim had both shared.

Of all of God's blessings Alex enjoyed, he most valued his family. He was extremely proud of all 5 of his children, as well as his 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He loved family gatherings and especially Christmas. Alex cherished his wife of 66 years and considered her to be the best thing that ever happened to him. As the necklace which he gave to her this Christmas read, "Margaret, I loved you then, I love you still, I always have, I always will."

Through all of the seasons of life, Alex maintained a zest for life and modeled perseverance. As Alex so wisely said, "You have to play the hand you're dealt." While on earth, he played his hand well and positively impacted those around him. God has been good to others through him. Alex's wealth was measured by the love he gave and the love he received.

Alex is survived by

Wife: Margaret Leopold Stewart

Children:
John Stewart (Susie) in San Antonio, Debbie Bissell (John) in San Antonio, Sande Stewart in Colorado, Linda Regester (Mark) in Kansas, Chris Stewart (Mary) in Austin

Grandchildren:
John's—David (Maria) Stewart, Michele (Erik) Didrikson, Adam Stewart
Debbie's—Jake (Alysha) Bissell, Becca (Casey) O'Neil, Kim (Cole) Weatherby
Linda's—Chelsey (Cole) Dunham, Brandon Regester
Chris'—Nicole, Jonathan, Sydney Stewart

Great-Grandchildren:
Carson and Brooke O'Neil
Dylan and Quinn Bissell
Patrick Didrikson

Alex-isms
(bits of wisdom frequently spoken by Alex)

• It's a matter of record.
• If I was any better, it'd be illegal.
• It all happened going west.
• I bruise easy but heal quickly.
• A man going by on a trotin' horse wouldn't notice.
• Steady makin' it.
• If I was any better, I'd be twins.
• …went over like a fart in a wetsuit.
• …as clean as an angel's underwear.
• You play the hand your dealt.

Our family is thankful for the people from Caring Senior Services who have provided excellent and loving care to our mother and father.

VIEWING AND VISITATION
FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2020
PORTER LORING MORTUARY NORTH
2102 NORTH LOOP 1604 EAST
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78232

FUNERAL SERVICE WITH RECEPTION TO FOLLOW
SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 2020
11:00 A.M.
HOLY SPIRIT CATHOLIC CHURCH
8134 Blanco Rd
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78216

Memorial contributions can be made to
Meals on Wheels San Antonio
4306 NW Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78229
Tax ID: 74-1948646
Tel: 210.735.5115
Fax: 210.735.5659
https://www.mowsatx.org/donate

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