OBITUARY

Harold "Bill" William Stewart Jr.

March 28, 1962February 6, 2021
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Harold "Bill" William Stewart, Jr. was rejoined to family (furry, feathered included) and friends that precede him on February 6, 2021.

To all those whose lives he's touched, the family invites you to join them for visitation on Friday, February 26, 2021 from 9am to 11am at Shannon Rufe Snow Funeral Chapel. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 11:00am. Bill's service to his country will be recognized with Military Honors during a private graveside at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Bill was born March 28, 1962 in Dayton, Ohio. After graduating from High School, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1980 where he proudly served his country for the next 20 years until his retirement in 2000. Bill was a decorated veteran who served in the Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) unit, from which he participated in critical operations that included locating, identifying and rendering safe multiple forms of ordinance during the Gulf War. Subsequently, he served as an EOD training officer, a position from which he oversaw the training of 6 EOD commands and was responsible for over 550 personnel across 6 states. In recognition of his brave service to his country, Bill received multiple honors, which include the Navy Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbons (3), Good Conduct Awards (5), Battle “E” Medals (3), Expert Pistol, Navy Achievement Medals (4), a Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Unit Commendation (2), the National Defense Service Medal, and Navy Commendation Medals (3).

Following his Naval Career, Bill worked for the Coca-Cola Company for 18 years in various roles. For the past year, Bill worked for TEKsystems as an SAP ERP System Analyst. Throughout his post-Naval career, Bill has continued to bring excellence to everything he did and was noted as a mentor to many.

Bill was a devoted family man who is survived by his loving wife Virginia, and his three daughters Michelle, Tracy, and Angela. Bill also loved animals and was a pet owner for most of his life. He leaves behind his four dogs, two parrots, and a bearded dragon. Bill was a quiet and passionate man who enjoyed the best that life had to offer. He was an avid enthusiast of Alfa Romeos and Jeeps, he loved fine Hawaiian coffee, enjoyed Texas wine, and making homemade spicy pizzas. Bill was an athlete with a passion for swimming and cycling. He also was a talented pianist.

Above all else, he loved to bring joy to his family and friends by sharing in all of these passions with them. He will be remembered as a humble, kind, selfless and wise man who brought excellence to everything he did and generously shared his wisdom with all of those around him.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 26, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, February 26, 2021

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Anna Osofsky

February 24, 2021

Ginnie, I am so sorry for your loss; I had no idea. I met Bill and Ginnie about 10 years ago when they started bringing their birds to see me. I always looked forward to their visits as they were such a fun couple to spend some time with. It was clear they had an amazing partnership and a lot of adventures together (they were also awesome bird parents!). Ginnie, I imagine moving on without Bill will be THE hardest thing. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help. Bill will be missed by everyone that ever met him.

Anhtu Le

February 22, 2021

When I started my current job, this gave me the chance to meet Bill and I am very honored to have met him and be a part of my life. We both only worked remote together but we have been on tons of phone calls every day until our shift ended. Bill has been such a great mentor to me and has taught me a lot of what I know today and could not appreciate on how much I have learned from his knowledge. He was always willing to help anyone with his patience, kindness, and the humorous personality to make everyone comfortable.
You will be truly missed, my friend... Rest In Peace.

Jim Carson

February 21, 2021

I worked at Coca-Cola side by side with Bill for five years. He shared his knowledge of the processes and systems we used in our work. He really made a difference in my ability to understand the business quickly and how the various areas of specialization were connected, when I first started.

Bill knew my dad was a career Air Force pilot and loved to razz me about how easy the USAF pilots had it compared to USN pilots. He loved to talk about his time in the Navy and shared some great stories.

Unforgettable things about him - the fanny pack, riding to work in Dallas in the rain with the top off of his Jeep, wearing a rainsuit, his love of his specially ordered coffee from Hawaii - and many more.

I'll miss you my friend, rest in peace.

James Inlow

February 19, 2021

I've known you both for the better part of 20+ years. I can remember first meeting Bill at GNC over on Fossil Creek (5440), I still remember the #! I first thought he worked for us, as he was up on a ladder changing a light but then I got formally introduced. I had the pleasure of bumping into him from time to time in the stores but no question you both are part of our GNC family and we are saddened by his passing. No words can ease the pain the entire family is feeling but know that he is remembered and I still think about the parrot! May God bless you and look over you during this time. Debbie and I will have you in our prayers.

Harry Harrison

February 18, 2021

Bill and I were stationed at EODMU9 together. He was always a very nice guy who never lost his cool. He taught me a lot about parachuting and rigging equipment for air drops. Because of his always positive attitude, I loved working with him.

Elizabeth Shaw

February 13, 2021

So very glad to have met Bill and his family. I just want to send my deepest sympathy to the family. I send much love to all and you all are in my thoughts and prayers. ❤

Theresa Graves

February 12, 2021

So very glad to have met Bill . I am so very sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts are with the family at this time.
Theresa Graves

Melissa "Mo" Tackitt

February 12, 2021

Such an honor to have worked with Bill at EODMU SIX. We lovingly referred to him as "Eeyore" because he was never in a hurry and always kept his cool.
It was also great getting to know his amazing and inspirational wife!!
So very sorry to hear the news. He will be missed!

Clark Cook

February 12, 2021

It was a tremendous honor to serve with Bill
He was a great mentor a great person a great sailor and will be truly missed by myself and all those that knew him

Stephen Phillips

February 12, 2021

It was an honor to serve with Bill during his last tour in the U.S. Navy at Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit Six, Detachment Four. He was always a great source of wisdom for the younger sailors. Fair winds, Following Seas, shipmate.

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