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Community - May 30, 2012

Obituary: Robert John Stewart

Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, July 27, at Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road in Portola Valley for Robert John Stewart who died May 16 of complications from prostate cancer. Mr. Stewart, an Atherton resident for 47 years, was 84.

Born in Portland, Oregon, Mr. Stewart moved to San Francisco with his family in 1939. He attended Lowell High School and later served in the U.S. Army as part of the security detail in charge of the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He earned a bachelor's degree and a MBA from Stanford University.

As a business executive, Mr. Stewart worked at West Coast Life Insurance Company and Acacia Van & Storage in Merced. He was a member of the Menlo Circus Club and an honorary member of the Metropolitan Club in San Francisco.

He and his late wife, Verna, regularly attended the San Francisco Opera for more than 25 years. A consummate gardener, he was known for his impeccable manners, kind spirit, graciousness, generosity, and sense of humor, say family members.

He is survived by his daughter, Ellen Stewart Moore; brother Don Stewart of Merced; and two granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his wife, Verna, and daughter, Nancy.

Donations may be made to Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside, CA 94062 ( Please include "In memory of Bob Stewart."