OBITUARY: Harry “Hank” Tilford Stewart, Jr., 92

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Harry Tilford Stewart, Jr., fondly known as “Hank” to his family and friends, of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully on July 22, 2020, at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire; he was 92 years of age.

Hank was born in Lynn, MA, on September 20, 1927. He was the son of the late Harry T. Sr. and Ada (Spencer) Stewart. Harry was raised and educated in Wilmington and was a graduate of the Wilmington High School Class of 1945 where he was at the top of his class and served as class president.

In June of 1945, Hank enlisted in the United States Coast Guard which was part of the Navy during World War II. Hank served as a Seaman 1st Class aboard a Coast Guard cutter that sailed the North Atlantic from Boston to Iceland to the Azores. He was honorably discharged on May 22, 1946 and returned home to Wilmington. Following his discharge, Hank attended Syracuse University where he earned his degree in Industrial Engineering in 1950 while continuing to serve as a Naval reservist. He was then recalled back into active duty during the Korean Conflict as a Naval Airman and served overseas. He was again honorably discharged in October of 1952.

Hank spent almost his entire career working as an Industrial Engineer at Western Electric in North Andover until his retirement. Hank’s work ethic, dedication and knowledge provided the foundation for a long and rewarding career. He was very well-liked and respected as a supervisor, co-worker, and friend.

Athletics were always an important part of Hank’s life. He was a varsity letterman in football, basketball and baseball for the Wilmington Wildcats playing under Coach Harold ‘Ding’ Driscoll. Hank was captain of his WHS basketball team. For many years he also enjoyed playing in the Wilmington Town Softball League. He retired from softball in 1978 after playing with all his sons. Hank was a skilled hitter with exceptional bat control. He had the reputation of being one the fastest players in the league who could easily beat each of his sons down the first base line. Hank also enjoyed following the athletic careers of his sons.

Hank was also very involved in his community of Wilmington for many years. He was most notably the Chairman of the Wilmington Finance Committee and always had the townspeople and taxpayers’ best interests at heart.

Hank enjoyed traveling to Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton in the Canadian Maritimes to visit family and friends. He was an avid reader and well-versed in many subjects. Hank was up-to-date on and enjoyed discussing current events, sports and history.

Hank will be remembered as a quiet guy who enjoyed the simplest things in life who loved his family and friends who will dearly miss him.

Hank is survived by his sons; Harry T. Stewart III and his wife Sue of Londonderry, NH, David G. Stewart of Wilmington, MA, Robert J. Stewart and his wife Cheryl of Trumbull, CT, Thomas W. Stewart and his wife Jo of Georgetown, MA and their mother Charlotte A. (Moore) Stewart of Wilmington, MA. He was fondly known as “Grampy” “Grand Dad Hank” and “Grandpa” to Kate and James Gimourginas of Holliston, MA, Brenna and Shane Brown of Wilton, CT, Meghan Stewart and fiance John Barnes of Bermuda, Elizabeth Stewart and Vincent Kan of Shrewsbury, MA, Andrew and Hailey Stewart of Wilmington, MA, Skye Stewart and Cameron Stewart both of Georgetown, MA, as well as his great-grandchildren Cleo and George Gimourginas, Carter Brown, Eleanor Kan and Leland Stewart. Hank was the brother of Dr. Pearl Pitt and her late husband Dr. Leldon Pitt of St. Simons Island, GA, Norman and Stevie Stewart of Arlington, TX, the late Ervyl “Turk” Stewart and his wife Ann Stewart of Harwich, MA and the late Dorothy Stewart. He was brother-in-law to Paul and Barbara Carpenter of Wilmington. Hank was very special to his dear companion Pauline LeBlanc Berry of Margaree, Cape Breton Nova Scotia, Canada and his devoted Personal Caregiver Diane Skelton of New Hampshire. He is further survived by many loving nieces and nephews and their families.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, July 25th from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. immediately followed by a Graveside Service with Military Honors in the Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. All are required to wear a Mask while in the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Hank’s memory to the Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library, 175 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887.

Harry Tilford Stewart, Jr.
Harry Tilford Stewart, Jr.

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