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Remembering Stuart a.k.a. “Bimp” – The Greatest of All Time
In the summer of 1972, God blessed the Stewart family with a generous, kind, loving, and caring soul … a gift who would show deep love for his family and friends.
The gift … Stuart T. Stewart, affectionately known as “Bimp,” made his earthly debut on June 21, 1972. God entrusted the task of training him up in the way he should go to his parents Thado and Betty Stewart. They raised Stuart to understand the importance of a strong family bond, among many other values. Stuart was the middle child, nestled perfectly between his big brother Douglas and baby sister Teisha. They loved each other to the ends of the earth and shared an unbreakable bond.
As a child, Stuart was fiercely competitive and athletic. Nobody could tell him he wasn’t an Atari video game or hot wheels racetrack champion! Ascension Saint Susana Grade School was where Stuart accomplished his first academic achievements. He graduated from St. Martin De Porres High School and studied finance and business management at Marion College and DeVry University – where he earned his master’s degree.
Stuart’s strong will would rear its head if he ever felt treated unfairly … or if he wanted to prove a point - like the time he was upset with his dad and “ran away” from home. It took his parents a couple of hours of searching the block and asking neighbors if they had seen him before discovering he was safe at home in an upstairs closet the entire time. Stuart once put comet cleanser in his hair. Lord have mercy. He would even steal Teisha’s baby bottles and drink them. He even scared his aunt a few times by sneaking into the basement to get his air pump. It sounded like someone was breaking into the house.
His childhood antics were unmatched. When he was learning to drive, his dad called him outside in front of his group of friends. As a proud dad wanting to show off his son’s new driving skills, he told Stuart to drive the yellow Corvette into the garage by just “giving it a little gas.” Well, Stuart had a heavy foot that day and before anyone knew it, he gave it a little too much gas and tore that garage off the frame! The entire thing had to be replaced. With Stuart in your life, there was never a dull moment!
Whenever you were in the mood for an enjoyable conversation, all you had to do was call Stuart … if you could reach him. He was known for not always answering his phone – causing family and friends to go check on him. When he did answer, you could count on him to speak encouraging words of love and support if you shared an idea you wanted to pursue or anything you dreamed of doing. He believed in everyone he loved. While he had your attention, he would talk passionately about business ventures, entrepreneurship, and investing. He enjoyed talking about building, planning, living well, eating healthy, and leaving a legacy for future generations. Speaking of continuing a family legacy … Stuart took over his dad’s landscaping business after his dad passed away. Discussing his family history, planning a gathering of first cousins and getting the future generations together, so they would know each other and about the strength of their family were also things he loved talking about.
Stuart’s first name suited him perfectly. It means “caretaker.” Everyone knows that his family meant everything to him. He was known for calling and texting family and friends regularly to check on them and share uplifting words. Sometimes, he would surprise you with a visit. Whenever he was in your presence, he would be sure to greet you with love. If anyone needed him for anything, he was right there … no questions asked. Even during his own grief, he made time to show up for others and be a rock for them. He thought he was everybody’s big brother and father figure. That’s just who he was. Solid.
On any given day … you could find Stuart enjoying his life to the fullest in whatever way he chose. Stuart was a man on the move and a homebody at the same time. He loved creating special memories by traveling with family and friends. Searching for the next car to add to his collection, adding stamps to his passport, trying new restaurants, and finding the next best chocolate cake and chocolate chip cookies were some of his favorite pastimes. Mr. GQ also loved shopping for clothes and shoes to dress and impress. If there was a dance floor around, Stuart could be found doing his famous two step with his no dancing self!
Stuart was incredibly charming and would lighten any situation with humor and sarcasm. He would often text 91111 to certain family and friends. only for them to find out his emergency was him wanting them to bring him food.
He was blessed with the gift of making everyone feel seen, included, protected, and cared for. He was a man of his word. If he said he would do something, he stood on it. His way of relating to people and sense of humor made people of all generations and walks of life gravitate to and love him.
On Sunday, December 10th, Stuart left his earthly life behind. He created a lifetime of amazing memories touched many lives during his brief stay on earth, leaving a lasting impression on everyone who was blessed to know and love him. He leaves a huge hole in the hearts of his family and friends. His presence will be deeply missed. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thado and Betty Stewart – both of whom he helped lovingly care for until their passing. His heart missed them both more than he could express in words.
Stuart will be remembered for being generous, kind, easy-going, compassionate, a protector, a loving and caring man who stood ten toes down for his family and for being strikingly handsome and smooth with a winning smile to match.
Stuart’s life will forever be honored and cherished by: his last living grandmother Mary Smith, second mother Aunt Beatrice – whom his mother passed the baton to look after him when she would no long be here to do - his big brother Douglas, little sister Teisha, handsome nephews O’ceanist and Na’Jay, gorgeous nieces Shailia, Sinead, and Monica and adorable great nephews Kaleab and Sy’aire. Stuart loved his nieces and nephews like they were his own children. Countless other aunts, uncles, first cousins, family members and friends will also miss his presence in their lives. We will carry Stuart’s memory in our hearts for as long as we live. He was truly loved by many and was the greatest of all time.
A Celebration of life will be Friday, December 29, 2023 at 11am at Valley Kingdom Ministries International 5300 151st St. Oak Forest, Illinois 60452. Burial to follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
A wake will be Thursday, December 28, 2023 from 6pm -8pm at Precious Memories Chapel 7605 S. Halsted St. Chicago, Illinois 60621.