Gustav L. Stewart, III
Gustav L. “Gus” Stewart, III, 92, of Fitchburg, died peacefully June 15, 2018 in his summer home at Lake Hewitt, N.Y.
Gus was born in New York City on February 23, 1926, a son of the Late Gustav L. Stewart, Jr. and Sarah (Sage) Stewart McAlpin.
He attended the Middlesex School in Concord, Mass., where he played many sports, including tennis and soccer. He later went on to attend Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., where he was involved in numerous activities, such as the tennis team, yearbook board, and squash team. Gus proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II, stationed in the Philippines, as a radio operator and repairman.
In the 1950s Gus became the Director of Athletes for the Harvey School in Hawthorne, N.Y. He was in charge of scheduling games for over 20 teams each year for all the major sports. Later, Gus went on to work for the Applewild School in Fitchburg, not only as the Director of Athletes, but also as a 5th, 6th, and 7th grade teacher of History, Geography, and English.
He was a longtime member of the Board of Directors of Our Fathers House.
His other activities included volunteering at Burbank Hospital, working as a counselor of the Clear Pool Camp in N.Y., operating the ski lift at Mt. Wachusett, and working in his store, Gus Stewart’s Paintings, in Fitchburg.
Gus was a member of Christ Church in Fitchburg. He enjoyed spending his summers in his home on Lake Hewitt in N.Y., where he served as Past President of the Lake Club.
He is survived by his niece Leslie Stewart-Reinig of Ober-Ramstadt, Germany and his nephew John C. Stewart Jr. of Barcelona, Spain.
Gus was predeceased by his mother Sarah Sage McAlpin of Princeton; his father Gustav L Stewart Jr. of South Kortright, N.Y.; and his brother John C. Stewart (in 1991). He was also predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Gustav and Anna Stewart of Maryland and New York City, and his maternal grandparents, Dean and Anna Sage, of Bernardsville, N.J. and New York City.
Funeral service will be held on July 12th 2018 at 10 a.m. in Christ Church, Fitchburg. There are no calling hours. Burial will be held privately in the Sage family lot in Bernardsville, New Jersey.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Christ Church 569 Main St., Fitchburg, MA 01420.
Arthur J. Conley
Arthur J. Conley, 94, of Princeton died peacefully on June 24, 2018. The cause of death was from intestinal complications. He was a longtime resident of New Jersey, first in Chatham, then Madison, and finally for 29¾ years in Princeton.
He was born in Oconto, Wis., the son of Walter and Marie Levasseur. He was raised in Green Bay, Wis., by his paternal grandparents, Arthur and Hattie Levasseur who ran a small neighborhood grocery store.
At age 12 he joined his stepfather, Robert H. Conley, and mother in Chicago, Ill. He attended Northwestern University where he was a member of the Naval R.O.T.C. In 1944 upon the completion of his junior year, at the age of 20, he was commissioned an ensign and assigned to the USS Anacapa AG49, a cargo ship operating in World War II in the Central Pacific and Aleutian Islands. He remained on board for two years, serving as navigator.
At the end of the war he returned to Northwestern where he completed his academic work under the GI Bill. He graduated in 1947 with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. In the same year he married Patricia Thompson. While on their honeymoon he was interviewed by the Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Co., now 3M. He was offered and accepted a job at their Akron, Ohio plant.
After three years in Akron he moved to New Jersey to take up a position with the Keuffel and Esser Co., the makers of the famous slide rules and surveying instruments. He remained with K&E for 17 years.
At age 42 he applied for and was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship at Columbia University’s Teachers College where he earned a Master’s Degree. He then began a 22-year career teaching secondary school mathematics and physics, first at the Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton and then at the Kent Place School in Summit.
In 1979, after the death of his wife in 1977, he married Louise Connolly who was then Director of Guidance at Kent Place School, and upon his retirement he moved to Princeton.
He was an avid reader, a rabid Green Bay Packers fan, a consummate Anglophile, and enthusiastic photographer, a hobby that kept him occupied up to his death. He left behind thousands of digitized photos which he had scanned from his large collection of negatives and slides along with 24 hours of 8mm and 16mm movie film which he had edited and transferred to DVD discs. The bulk of this collection chronicled the activities of his children as they grew.
He is survived by his wife, Dr. Louise M. Conley, along with all 11 of his children from his first marriage: Michael of Manchester, Me.; Anne of Princeton; Elisabeth of New York City; William of Lewisburg, Pa.; Sarah of Sinking Spring, Pa.; Robert of Madison, N.J.; Patricia of Milford, Ohio; Eileen of Bromeswell, Suffolk, England; Mary Kathleen of Tucson, Ariz.; A.J. of New Canaan, Conn., and Stephen of Belmont, Mass.; also two stepchildren: Richard Connolly of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Diane Connolly of Boulder, Colo. In addition, there are 30 grandchildren, one step grandchild, and nine great-grandchildren.
There will be a private family service. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, 1200 Stuart Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 would be appreciated.
“Good Night Sweet Prince”
Errol Cross McDowell
January 19, 2000 — June 13, 2018
On June 13th, our beloved son Errol Cross McDowell, 18, died in our arms at home in Pebble Beach, California, after a six year fight with brain cancer. Errol waged his battle courageously and with grace, wit, and selflessness, just as he lived his short glorious life. We loved him so and shall miss him forever.
Errol was unique, an emblem of all that is good; he sacrificed his own health while enduring one after another clinical trial to cure his cancer. Often he was the first person to submit to a specific therapy, knowing that while he might not survive, he would be advancing science that could lead to a cure for other children. Errol was a creative prodigy, playing Joplin on the piano at 10 years old, making his own short films, drawing constantly, and reading voraciously. He appeared in two off-Broadway plays and three movies (including the ribald Joe Dirt 2!) and co-wrote one book, Brain Frizzlers. His musical taste spanned the generations from Maroon Five to Dinah Washington and Chet Baker. His favorite books were The Great Gatsby and Noah Dietrich’s The Amazing Mr. Hughes. He loved his parents Tori and Rider, twin brothers Mac and Piers, his wonderful friends, his aunts and uncles, cousins, his grandparents Rita and Sam and Bill and Betty, Sam’s weekly drawing and scrimshaw lessons in his Carmel studio, bad horror movies, Pine Brothers, laughing, the New Jersey farm, pool hopping at La Quinta, crank calls, Mustique, his teachers at All Saints’ Day School and Carmel High School. He was proud of his family and their contribution to America, including surgeon Ephraim McDowell of Kentucky and Thomas Hart Benton, the artist, as well as the Knight, Cross, and Von der Brelie families. A private service will be held among family. In lieu of flowers, please visit Canceragogo.com, a charity created by Errol, seeking $1 from every American to cure cancer through immunotherapy.