Edward F. Stewart
1940 - 2007
"Husband, Dad, Inspiration"
(Ed) Franklin Stewart was born on August 21, 1940 to Milton Edward
Stewart and Viola Elizabeth Speicher Stewart in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
He grew up on Mount Washington in Pittsburgh amidst a large and
loving family that included a brother (Walter) and three sisters
(Janet, Joyce, and Wendy).
His love of water sports developed as a boy on yearly vacations
at his grandparent’s cottage home at Lake Conneaut, Pennsylvania
where he enjoyed boating, waterskiing and swimming. Those summer
days by the lake were also the beginning of a lifelong love of
reading; particularly of science fiction. He was only about seven
years old when he first read about space travel, and he always
dreamed that someday he might be able to fulfill that dream.
He achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering
at Carnegie Institute of Technology (now known as Carnegie Mellon
University) in Pittsburgh. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant
in the U.S. Army through the ROTC program. During the Vietnam
War, he served for two years as a Training Company Commander for
the Signal School at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia. During those
years in Georgia, he met and married Carol Louise Carswell, daughter
of Lt. Col William D. Carswell and Marion Carswell. Together they
had three children, daughters Constance Leigh (deceased) and Katharine
Elaine Stewart, and son David Edward Stewart.
As a devoted husband and father, Edward enjoyed providing for
his loving family and worked hard to do so. He believed in the
power of the mind and of education, and his children fulfilled
his desire that they achieve college degrees as well. Katharine
now enjoys life as a clinical psychologist (Ph.D.) and Associate
Dean of the College of Public Health in Little Rock, Arkansas,
and David is a faculty member for the Professional Golfer’s
Association of America’s Golf Management Program in Port
Saint Lucie, Florida.
Ed’s passion for electrical design was evident throughout
his life in his various projects and constant brainstorming for
better solutions to a variety of complex problems. He enjoyed
problem-solving, often referring to monumental challenges as “little
puzzles.” His area of expertise in the electrical engineering
field was concentrated on electronic circuit and system design
and electronic manufacturing technology. Some of his contributions
include oil reclamation equipment, harsh environment communication
design, flight simulator display systems, design and assembly
of double-sided multi-surface instrumentation control for water
and wastewater industries. He made valuable contributions for
Georgia Power, ITT Telecommunications, Keene Corporation, Continental
Telephone, Gulton Industries, Orchard Electronics, SFE Technologies,
TC&M Systems, Golden Assembly, Regal Chlorinators, and eventually
started his own consulting business, Ed Stewart Consulting.
In 1999 Edward and Carol moved to Jensen Beach, Florida for Ed’s
work and upcoming retirement. They enjoyed forty-two years of
marriage together before he left his earthly life much too soon.
Like his father who passed away after about a year of retirement,
Ed had only a couple of years to enjoy before receiving the news
that he had developed stage IV colon cancer. In true “Ed”
form, he took the news and subsequent decisions with strength,
honor, and dignity. In only a way that Ed could, he smiled at
his family as they were all together and they had made the decision
to stop the painful chemotherapy treatments. His words at that
difficult time were a message to all, “It’s not about
the number of days I have left anymore…It’s about
the number of smiles that we can share.”
Ed, Dad…enjoy your exploration of the stars like you always
dreamed about. We will miss you and look to those stars for our
inspirations, the same way we looked to you always.
The Family of Edward F. Stewart