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“Jeff...saddened to hear of the loss of your dad, my condolences. ”
1 of 70 | Posted by: Todd Cooper - Bloomfield, CT

“My deepest sympathy to my dear family for many years while growing up in Bloomfield. I will alway remember your fathet's smile and great humor.Love...Read More »
2 of 70 | Posted by: Mary Ann Wilson - Chester Springs, PA

“Holly and Family,please accept my condolences, on behalf of my family to yours. ”
3 of 70 | Posted by: Lynda Carter - Hartford


4 of 70 | Posted by: cherisse jarman - asheville, NC

“Our deepest sympathy to the family. May God comfort you all during this difficult time. Chief was truly a great leader who loved his community. ...Read More »
5 of 70 | Posted by: Guzman Family - Windsor, CT

“Beautiful homegoing service RIP Chief Stewart. My condolences to the Stewart family. ”
6 of 70 | Posted by: Pamela Hyman

“RIP my brother ”
7 of 70 | Posted by: Len Walker - Windsor, CT

“Ron and Leslie Lewis from Richmond Virginia and Philly sincerely expresses our heartfelt sympathies to John's Family. Unfortunately, we were not...Read More »
8 of 70 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Family, Sharing with you our sweetest prayers, fondest memories and sincerest condolences. Our dear Cousin Jackie will most certainly be missed:...Read More »
9 of 70 | Posted by: A friend

“To,Our Beloved Brother and Uncle Chief John B. Stewart,You are Brother John to Geneva and me. You are Uncle John to Michael, Trevor and Deborah. ...Read More »
10 of 70 | Posted by: A friend

“My last memory of the "Chief" was at the Retired Firefighters Reunion in Jacksonville, Florida. He will be missed. Patricia Jackson ”
11 of 70 | Posted by: Patricia Jackson - Orangeburg, SC

“To the Stewart Family: We express our sincerest condolences. Hartford has experienced and now lost one it's finest leaders. ”
12 of 70 | Posted by: Pat Sullivan & Family - GA

“To the family of John B. Stewart, Jr., Our deepest sympathy on the loss of a great man. My family stands with you at this time, and I know that my...Read More »
13 of 70 | Posted by: Adele Booker Williams - CT

“Bridget & Boo, sorry to hear about the loss of your grandfather. He was a great man and made the city of Hartford proud. You should be honored to...Read More »
14 of 70 | Posted by: Marcus Williams - Bloomfield, CT

“To the Stewart Family: My deepest sympathy and condolences to each and every one of you.Years ago John and Gladys were a significant part of our...Read More »
15 of 70 | Posted by: Mittie Thompson Fuller - FL

“My sympathies to the Stewart Family! John was a great friend to my husband, Howard David, and guided me through a troubling time. His knowledge and...Read More »
16 of 70 | Posted by: Betty Davis

“Stewart FamilyMay you find peace and comfort during the passing of your beloved family member..Chief Stewart was a kind and gentle soul...he firmly...Read More »
17 of 70 | Posted by: Naomi Crawford Mckoy - Hartford, CT

“My deepest sympathies go out to the Stewert family. May God,s peace and loving memories comfort you at this difficult time. ”
18 of 70 | Posted by: Thelma (Mickey) Douglas-Singh - FL

“My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. ”
19 of 70 | Posted by: Dorothy (Chislom)Harris - CT

“He was my first Fire Chief. He hired me on May 2, 1988. It was an honor to serve under his leadership. ”
20 of 70 | Posted by: John Cornelius - Lakewood, WA

“Major John and Anita Stewart and Stewart family. May the peace of God be with you all during this time. Love you much. ”
21 of 70 | Posted by: Noretta Flemmings - Syracuse, NY

“Our condolences I will never forget the great man you were and all those you influenced. including my father Carl Booker rip my brother in Christ ...Read More »
22 of 70 | Posted by: wendy booker - Harford, CT


23 of 70 | Posted by: richard jones - las vegas, NV

“My condolences to Jeffrey and the other family members of our revered Chief Stewart. The community has lost a trailblazer, a warrior and an icon. I...Read More »
24 of 70 | Posted by: Denise Best - Hartford, CT

“So sorry for your loss. Chief Steward was a great man. I feel honored to have known him. ”
25 of 70 | Posted by: yvonne pinnock - Orlando, FL

“My condolences to the family of a very well respected man . Rest in sweet peace. A job well done. Gomes and Clancy family ”
26 of 70 | Posted by: Betty Clancy - Hartford

“Beloved Family,"May precious memories always linger"....Lovingly,Riley and Cerise Johnson ”
27 of 70 | Posted by: - Hartford, CT

“I had so much respect and affection for Chief Stewart. I will miss his warm smile and his humor. My sincere condolences to his family. ”
28 of 70 | Posted by: Natalie Mendes - West Hartford, CT

“Dear Stewart Family,The Chief helped me like countless others. He taught me much about public service through his tireless work ethic, commitment to...Read More »
29 of 70 | Posted by: Christopher Stan - West Hartford, CT

“Dear Jeff and family,Thinking of you and your family at this time. What a beautiful man your father was...and so is his entire family. God Bless...Read More »
30 of 70 | Posted by: Angie Russo & family - Cromwell, CT

“Our regrets to his family. He was a real nice guy and a good neighbor.Collins Family ”
31 of 70 | Posted by: Frank Collins - Edgartown, MA


32 of 70 | Posted by: Edward Moseley - Hartford, CT

“The Chafin family sends their deepest condolences to the Stewart family. Our fathers (James) grew up together in Hartford. ”
33 of 70 | Posted by: Pamela Chafin - Bloomfield, CT

“God has Spoken Rest on Giant! !! Job well done' from. Pamela Roebuck ret.HPD Parking Controller ”
34 of 70 | Posted by: Pamela Roebuck - Hartford, CT

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I met Mr Stewart many years ago, when I work in the store on Barbour st. RIP ”
35 of 70 | Posted by: Marilyn roberts - Hartford, CT

“Love you uncle john. You were (and will always be) a strong pillar in our stewart family. Now you are with your beloved wife and other family and...Read More »
36 of 70 | Posted by: Cherrille Stewart-Howard - CT

“To The Stewart Family,The Chief was one of the finest men I ever met! I remember him doing me a favor by coming to speak at the Boys & Girls Clubs at...Read More »
37 of 70 | Posted by: Jackie Bethea - Hartford, CT

“Dear Stewart family, I am so very sorry for your loss. He always had a smile on his face and a laugh or two. Mr. Stewart will be greatly missed. ”
38 of 70 | Posted by: Karen Rivers-Lovelace - Hartford, CT

“Our sympathies to Holly Stewart and the rest of the Steward family. I met Mr. Stewart when his daughter Holly and I attended Weaver High School in...Read More »
39 of 70 | Posted by: Irene Franklin

“So grateful for the advice and support of this humble legend in our community. Deepest condolences to the Stewart family, and the countless people...Read More »
40 of 70 | Posted by: Andrea Comer - Hartford, CT

“The GOLDSTEIN family wishes to send their deepest condolences to the STEWART family: Chief Stewart will be deeply missed. He and my father Lt....Read More »
41 of 70 | Posted by: Alan Goldstein

“Our sympathies to Jeff Stewart and his family. I knew John when he was Fire Chief. He was always up-beat and looking on the bright side. The City of...Read More »
42 of 70 | Posted by: Rick & Toni St. PIerre

“Our condolences to the Stewart familyChief Stewart was very welcoming to me and my wife when we came to Hartford 11 years agoHe provided me wise...Read More »
43 of 70 | Posted by: Roger J OBrien

“Sincere condolences to the Stewart family. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this time. ”
44 of 70 | Posted by: Jimmy McKinney - Acworth, GA

“There are no words to describe the sense of loss that I have felt since hearing the news of the passing of my dear friend and mentor. You will...Read More »
45 of 70 | Posted by: Marisol Cruz Melendez

“Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family. The Syracuse Citadel family ”
46 of 70 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Jeff (and Family),Memories of "The Chief".....The Chief with friends and family on the bus to the The Harlem Book Fair.Love & PeaceSharon D....Read More »
47 of 70 | Posted by: Sharon D. Mounds - Rocky Hill, CT

“I was privileged to work with Chief Stewart as we collaborated in one of the first police/fire interventions during the turbulent 60's and 70's. ...Read More »
48 of 70 | Posted by: Neil Sullivan - Stuart, FL


49 of 70 | Posted by: Velencia Tripp - Hartford, CT

“My Condolences to the family. May God Keep you during this difficult time. ”
50 of 70 | Posted by: Fenêtre Arms Peterson - CT

“Mark Davis has it exactly right: It was an honor to know a man so vital a part of his community. Even in his retirement years he was a vibrant...Read More »
51 of 70 | Posted by: Don Noel

“To the Family of Chief Stewart. I served under the Chief when I first became a firefighter. He was a true inspiration and defined the meaning of...Read More »
52 of 70 | Posted by: LAMONT STANKWICH. - CLARK, NJ


53 of 70 | Posted by: Ivan Villalobos Sr - Windsor, CT

“I will always remember a family friend, a good neighbor, cool dad & (most of all) an inspiration to generations of people, black, white, young, old....Read More »
54 of 70 | Posted by: Gene Seymour - PHILADELPHIA, PA

“Condolences to the Stewart family in the passing of Chief John Stewart. Gladys and John were life long friends of my parents, Frank and Gussie Carter...Read More »
55 of 70 | Posted by: Frankie Carter - Port Saint Lucie, FL

“My friend Chief Stewart. It was an honor to know him. He was also one of the greatest stories I have ever covered. He told me that as a young man...Read More »
56 of 70 | Posted by: Mark Davis

“CHIEF STEWART, WE THANK YOU AND WILL NEVER FORGET YOUR ROLE IN THE HISTORY OF HARTFORD AND THE HISTORY OF A STRONG MAN,WONDERFUL FATHER AND FRIEND......Read More »
57 of 70 | Posted by: THE CALLIS FAMIYL

“To the Stewart Family,I remember Mr. Stewart from my days in Bloomfield. He was a good man with a great heart and will be missed by all who knew and...Read More »
58 of 70 | Posted by: Richard Dukes - Winston Salem, NC

“Chief Stewart, May you rest in peace now, your job is done, It was a pleasure working for you for the years we did. Jeff, our thoughts and prayers go...Read More »
59 of 70 | Posted by: A friend


60 of 70 | Posted by: Cleo Cotton - Montgomery, AL

“As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. ”
61 of 70 | Posted by: Mr. V.R. Hall & Family - CT


62 of 70 | Posted by: Ed Skehan HFD (Ret.)

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63 of 70 | Posted by: A friend

“Jeff, I am sorry to learn of your Dad's passing. May you and your family find peace in your fond memories of him. Catherine...Read More »
64 of 70 | Posted by: A friend

“As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. ”
65 of 70 | Posted by: A friend

“May you Rest in Peace Chief John Stewart. My prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to the Stewart Family. I pray for God's peace and comfort to...Read More »
66 of 70 | Posted by: Donna McBride

“To the family: I am sorry to hear of Mr Stewart's passing. He will surely be missed because he was such a good man. May he rest in peace and God...Read More »
67 of 70 | Posted by: Chris Burton and family - CT

“Chief Stewart was a fine man. I remember him as a boy when he was a firefighter, and would come into our Drugstore(Euclid Pharmacy)on Blue Hills Ave....Read More »
68 of 70 | Posted by: A friend

“Our most sincere condolences to the Stewart family. I had the opportunity to work under his supervision (Special Services Unit 1975). At that time he...Read More »
69 of 70 | Posted by: Frank Rodriguez - Orlando, FL

“I am very sadden of the passed of s great man fire chief Stewart.you served Hartford with pride and dignity may god watch over you and may you RIP. ”
70 of 70 | Posted by: kenneth toce - hartford, CT


Chief John Bradley Stewart, Jr., (RET) 85, beloved lifelong Hartford resident, devoted husband of the late Gladys L. (Strong) Stewart, passed away Saturday, October 17, 2015. Born May 16, 1930 in Hartford, son of the late John B. Stewart, Sr. and Mattie (Baker) Stewart, John graduated from Weaver High School in 1948 and received his BA from UCONN in 1991. Chief, as he was affectionately known, joined the Hartford Fire Department in 1952 and in 1980 became one of the first African American Fire Chiefs in New England. He retired in 1992 after a distinguished career. During his tenure as fire chief the department experienced many "firsts", which included the hiring of the first Hispanic and female firefighters.Engine Company # 14 on Blue Hills Avenue was renamed in his honor. Chief was a founding member and first president of the Phoenix Society and a founding member of the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters. He published a biography about his life and career in the fire department; "A Hard Climb Up the Ladder". Active in city politics, he was elected to the Hartford City Council in 1995 and served two terms as Majority Leader. He was extremely honored that the community center on Martin Street was named the Johnson Stewart Community Center for Art Johnson and himself. In his later years, he founded and ran the Stewart Associates Real Estate Company. While his children were growing up, he found time to coach Little League Baseball in Bloomfield, CT. Chief was a lifelong member of the Faith Congregational Church, where he served on the Trustee Board and as Treasurer. He was a member of the Prince Hall Masons, an Advisory Board Member of The Salvation Army, and was proud to be a life member of the NAACP. Chief leaves his children Wendy S. Villalobos (John) of Redondo Beach, CA, William G.Stewart, Sr. of Rocky Hill, Donald B. Stewart of Wilkes Barre, PA, Major John B. Stewart (Major C. Anita Stewart) of Syracuse, NY, Jeffrey A. Stewart, and Holly Ann Stewart of Hartford. He also leaves grandchildren Bridget, William Jr., Tyron, Andrea, Khalisha, and John IV; 16 great grandchildren; devoted sisters-in-law Eleanor Manselle, Beatrice Wilburn, Barbara Wiggins; a niece he raised, Deborah Scott; as well as a host of other relatives and friends. Contributions may be made to the Salvation Army Adult Rehab Center, c/o the Chief John & Gladys Stewart Canteen Fund, 333 Homestead Ave. Hartford, CT 06112, or to Faith Congregational Church.