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Obituary Notice – Douglas T. Stewart (Updated)

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StewartDCASSADAGA:  Douglas T. Stewart, 79, of Glasgow Road on the Lake, Cassadaga, died Wednesday, September 6th, 2017, at his residence, following a lengthy illness.  He was born in Detroit, MI on January 18, 1938, the son of the late Thomas and Irma (Speybrouck) Stewart.

Mr. Stewart was a graduate of Fredonia Central School, Class of 1956 and a graduate of Fredonia State University.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.  Mr. Stewart was an Elementary Teacher for Fredonia Central School, for over 30 years and was a member of the Cassadaga American Legion Post #1280.  He enjoyed being at the lake, bike riding and spending time with his family & grandchildren.

Survivors include a daughter, Kelly (Richard) Whitver, of Fredonia; a son, Bruce (Anita) Stewart, of Forestville and a sister Jean Huffman of Colorado.  Also surviving are 4 grandchildren Stewart & Ethan Whitver and Olivia & Sophia Stewart.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Maureen (Sage) Stewart, whom he married on July 30, 1960 in the former St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Forestville.

A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, October 22nd from 1-3 pm at the Cassadaga American Legion Post #1280, 228 Maple Avenue, Cassadaga.  Come and have a toast with “Mean & Nasty” to celebrate his life.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care, 20 W. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750 or to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, PO Box 631, Buffalo, NY 14240-0631.

Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to



  • Kevin Persch
    Posted September 10, 2017 at 10:35 am

    One of the best. He’s the reason my wife became a teacher. He made learning so much fun that you wanted to come to school every day. You can’t put a number on the amount of lives he has had a positive impact on. Rest in peace Mr Stewart.

  • Jack Sternisha
    Posted September 11, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. As a fellow teacher at Fredonia Central I will always remember is positive and joyful work with the children.

  • Dianna Mckune Stoker
    Posted September 11, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Dear Kelly & Bruce,
    My deepest condolences on the passing of your father. My mother also told me about your mother as well. I am so sorry, healing prayers for you and your families…….

    Dianna (McKune) Stoker

  • Marcia Stevens
    Posted September 12, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    I worked with Doug as a teacher’s aid for many years. He was a wonderful teacher and coworker. May your sweet memories of this good man sustain you. God Bless his family and friends.

  • David Soch
    Posted September 12, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Mr. Stewart was one of my favorite teachers. Such a wonderful environment with Mr. Greenleaf in our little town making toys to sell. He will be fondly remembered and dearly missed. My condolences to the family.

  • Peggy Meerse
    Posted September 12, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Mr. Stewart was one of my children’s favorite teachers, and I could tell that he really cared about each child in his cluster. He was creative and innovative, too. His Greenstews and town government with Mr. Greenleaf taught the kids a lot about cooperation and leadership. What a great role model! My sympathy to the Stewart family.

  • Don and Jean Fowler
    Posted September 13, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Our condolences to the entire family on Doug’s passing. He will be missed in the neighborhood as is Maureen. They were both such fun and vibrant personalities. May they rest in peace.

  • Doug Corell
    Posted October 23, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    As a young teacher, I was given several “old guys” to set me down the right path. Doug was among these teachers. Breakfast on Fridays and the horseraces in Fort Erie were where we would meet. Doug was the funniest, mellowest, and kindest person. If I can be half the teacher that Doug was, I would call it a good career. “Rye toast and tea” will always remind me of Doug. His stories of teaching with Bill Greenleaf always bring a smile to my face.

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