Obituary of Harry Stewart |

Obituary of Harry Stewart

Harry Stewart passed away on Aug. 10, 2016, in Grass Valley. He was 75. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at New Elm Ridge Cemetery in Grass Valley on Kidder Avenue. Reception to follow.

Harry was born Aug. 9, 1941, at W.C. Jones Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley to Dr. Harry Stewart and Helen Stewart. He graduated from Nevada Union High School in 1959 and from the University of California at Berkeley in 1964. At Cal, Harry became a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. After college, Harry owned and operated Nevada County Imports until 1981.

Harry had a life-long interest in cars, airplanes, and boats, including racing at Laguna Seca Raceway and Sears Point Raceway (now Sonoma Raceway), building and flying airplanes (small aircraft and radio control) with his father and brother, and designing the “Number 7,” a light-weight and agile remote control airplane good for novices and experienced RC enthusiasts alike. Recently, Harry built a beautiful replica of a Lyman Gilmore plane that is on permanent display at the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum.

During his lifetime, Harry served on the Nevada County Fair Board and on the Nevada City Council. In the early 1990s, Harry served as the Mayor of Nevada City. Harry was a member of Native Sons of the Golden West, B&T, Empire Club, and the Sierra Foothills RC Flyers.

Harry is survived by his wife of 49 years, Donna Stewart; daughters Keslie (Dave Mateer) Stewart and Kristen (Chad) Quilici; five beloved grandchildren, Cadence Mateer (age 10), Rocco Quilici (age 8), Stella Quilici (age 6), Stewart Mateer (age 4), and Enzo Quilici (age 2). Harry is also survived by his brother, Dan (Joan) Stewart; sister, Devon (Jack Rauwolf) Stewart; his niece and nephew, Shelly (Andrew Burton) Stewart and Dan Scott (D.S.) Stewart; and grand-nieces Jane and Molly Burton.

I would like to see everyone. I need a party. At 2 p.m., some of us meet at the New Elm Ridge Cemetery in Grass Valley on Kidder Street. If you think standing in the sun at the cemetery will be too hot, and there is no bathroom facility at the cemetery, then meet me at our house in Nevada City at 3 p.m. for food, drinks, talk and hugs. It will be casual attire.

If you get lost, call me at 530-798-0277 and I will be your personal GPS navigator.

Looking forward to seeing everyone, Donna Stewart.

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