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Remembering John

Captain John at "work"

John Rolfe Stewart, December 16, 1950 – June 30, 2013. [click blue text for obituary]

A stalwart friend, a steady voice, a captain’s calm presence, strong hands, and a warm smile. So knowledgeable about the natural world. Lover of music, a good story, a tasty meal among friends. The ocean. Sailing. His family. These are just some of John’s qualities and passions that will be ours to cherish as we face this tremendous loss.

Please scroll down to share your favorite John memories, qualities or stories. We will treasure them.

A celebration of his life will be held on August 3 on Louds Island, and in St. John at a later date.

Love.

Marcia, Erica & Sam / 29 McFarlands Cove Rd., South Bristol, ME 04568

207-644-8624 / collectorschoice@mac.com

 

 

 

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  4. Clay and Debbie G. says:

    Just found out about Capt John’s passing. Our family of four chartered Islandroots twice(March 2011 and March 2013), and we have many fond memories that John made possible. We appreciated his experience and recommendations and will miss him as he had become a part of our St. John adventures. Although late, our thoughts and prayers go out to John’s family and loved ones. His memory will be cherished.

  5. Jen P says:

    I just heard this news through a post on FB by Island Roots Tours. I am so saddened to hear of Johns passing … my family and I decided to book a new boat/snorkeling excursion during our annual St John trip in 2012 and found Island Roots. We all instantly took to John – his love for his job, the water, and the islands. He took us to the best snorkeling spots we had been to in all our years vacationing there, and also to Peter Island where my sister/brother in law had their honeymoon. His quick wit and easygoing personality were second to none, and we all so enjoyed his company that day. We all said we would call John to book again during our next trip. :) We only met him once, but he left an impression. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as a family during this holiday season. RIP John – you clearly touched so many lives.

  6. Harry & Floreen Knight says:

    Dear Marcia,
    Harry and I have just learned of John’s passing and we are so sorry for your loss. We are truly shocked with this news. As you know, Harry first met John at a meeting in Coral Bay and immediately hit it off. Over the past several years, we enjoyed several excursions on Island Roots. But most of all we enjoyed John’s dry humor, smiling eyes, love of life and spirit of adventure. The Captain will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched. We will remember him with great fondness. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Marcia, and your family.

  7. Theresa and Gerry says:

    Marcia so sorry to just hear about John’s passing. Gerry and I have so many fond memories of our time together in St John. Blessings to you. John rest in peace and enjoy looking down on all of us.

  8. Chris Conary says:

    I first met John during the Darling Center days, He is one of those guys I always respected and looked up to. Cleaver, kind hearted, with the sea in his veins.
    “What is Stewart up to now?” was a common thread, and always enlightening.
    Now,he’s gone too soon.
    Chris

  9. Sarah McCarthy says:

    My warmest hugs are sent to all of you at this time. As another friend said, even though I only met your dad in passing, Erica, we know he was a wonderful man for raising such a fabulous daughter, whom I admire and adore. You will carry his spirit forever!

  10. Barbara Burt says:

    Dear Marcia, Sam, and family,

    Jenna called me this afternoon, figuring that out here in Minnesota we hadn’t heard the sad news about John. I am so sorry to hear about his death; it seems unbelievably unfair–he was so young and had so much more to give to life!

    John was such a gracious man–his warm smile and generous spirit was obvious the minute you talked with him. I know you all have wonderful memories because he knew where his heart was, with family sharing a good time.

    Thank you for the photos and lovely obituary. Please know that we are remembering John with great fondness and are holding you in our thoughts.

  11. Mollie Keuten says:

    Oh boy, I was so saddened when I heard the news of John’s passing! Remember when you three, Sam and Marcia, had Dave and I over to your house for pizza that John cooked on the BBQ? It was delicious! Sam picked me up from Connections and we all had a wonderful evening sitting on the porch of your lovely house while John proudly showed off the work that he and Sam had done and planned to do to expand your house. He was always kind to me and was always a welcome sight whenever I saw him. Marcia, I am thinking of you and knowing your family will help you get through this tough time! Keep smiling, we are thinking of all of you!
    xoxox Mollie and Dave formerly of Coral Bay, but now in MIchigan

  12. Heidi Funk says:

    Marcia,
    I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. Like many others have written, my happiest island moments were with John on Island Roots over the past 2 years. He will be so missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Heidi

  13. Daphne Lehava Stern says:

    Dear Marcia,
    Had I known when I saw you the other evening…well, I didn’t. And my heart aches. Loss is huge, especially when there is so much love and history. I met John only a few times, years ago when we were at the Gallery together, but I got to know your family through many conversations with you. Your lives only became fuller and richer – now and then we would bump into each other in town. The words aren’t easy. I just send a lot of healing love to you and the kids and the family. Thinking of you with healing thoughts.

  14. Courtney Scott says:

    I did not have the privilege of knowing Captain John very well, but what I do know is that he and Marcia brought the gracious, loving, hilarious, and open-hearted Erica Stewart into this world. For that reason alone, I thank him for his energy and parenting and ask for all the blessing in the world for his wonderful family. – Courtney

  15. Charlotte and Charlie says:

    Charlotte and I first heard of John & Marcia through his cousin and our great friends, Ron and Linda Smith. When we told the Smiths of our plans to spend two weeks on St. John, they told us to look them up. We took two charter trips with them with two different sets of friends and all six of us immediately felt like we had come upon old friends we had known all our lives. Being with them was like being with family. Six months later, as we sailed from Soper’s Hole to Norman Island looking at horrible weather of our bow, we saw a familiar boat coming towards us. It was Island Roots. Of all the boats in the water, we were looking at John bringing a crew of charterers out of harms way. We flagged him down and of course he knew us by name and chatted like old friends(which by now we were). He told us we were headed in the wrong direction based on the weather, smiled his beautiful smile, waved and was gone. What a wonderful person. We shall miss him and wish his family peace in the memory of a good man and a life well lived.We send our love, Charlotte and Charlie

  16. Ann Dibble says:

    Marcia,
    You don’t know me….I just read the very sad news about John in the Lincoln County News and I am so sorry for your great loss. When I first bought my cottage in Damariscotta in 2002, John helped me with some major stonework and he did a fabulous job with the design and execution…plus he did some landscaping for me. I so enjoyed getting to know him and working with him…he was a jewel. He would tell me what an art lover you are, and I remember hearing about your daughter who, as I recall, was working in historic preservation. He was such a fine person, and I had no idea of his many talents and intellect (but not surprised) as I read about this afternoon.

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family…he was too, too young.

    Ann Dibble
    Charleston, SC

  17. Richard Polkinghorn, MD says:

    It was truly an honor and privilege to be John’s oncologist – - albeit for a very brief time. He was a brave and compassionate patient who’s love for his family – - and life was easily seen. I am so sorry for his loss – - but these pictures clearly show his love will endure through the generations of his family. Sincerely, Rick Polkinghorn, MD

  18. Jan Newhouse says:

    Marcia,
    I am sorry.
    Tom mentioned a company party that happened years ago; I had drunk enough to not remember but: It was dark, you were sitting/ standing/ pregnant?, John had his guitar and was crooning Loggins and Messina’s “Danny’s Song” to you. John put more love for you into that song than I had ever heard a man for a woman. Sounds like your life together went that way, you were blessed.

    Jan Newhouse

  19. Cathy and Kurt Fisher says:

    Marcia,
    We were shocked and saddened to hear about John. We have fond memories of those weeks of springtime boat preparation…you and John on We’s Free and us on Snowfish. Always fun to swap stories and share in the misery of endless projects!! Madelyn remembers playing with Wallace, your Corgi as well. Loved to have you both as mooring neighbors. We always love when John would row up to Snowfish and chat us up on a summer evening. My parents enjoyed a fantastic time on Island Roots while on their St. John vacation two years ago and still speak of their adventure with John as being the highlight of their stay. We will keep John in our thoughts and raise a glass and toast his memory at the mooring in South Bristol this summer…
    Sending love to you and your family,
    Cathy, Kurt and Madelyn Fisher

  20. Tom and Nancy Glennon says:

    Dear Marcia,

    We just learned of John’s passing this afternoon. The news was beyond shocking, especially given we saw you and John less than one year ago during our reunion in Portsmouth. You two seemed as happy as ever together.

    We can’t imagine what you’re going through right now, but know your memories will always be full of John. He was forever ready for a little fun, and had that unique, contagious laugh.

    The years have blurred the details of our antics together while working in the seventies, but some highlights remain of those innocent, youthful years we all shared; like the company cookout when you two lived in the guest house in Kittery, to name one of many.

    He and I spent a lot of time working on the water together. I guess he was always the happiest on or near it.

    Please accept Nancy and my sincerest sympathies. John will always be a bright spot in my memories.

    Love,

    The Glennon’s

  21. Paul Pelletier says:

    Dear Marcia,

    First, you should know that the beautiful batik rooster that you gave us still occupies a place of honor in our kitchen. It’s hard to put in to words how devastated I felt upon hearing of John’s passing. That’s not supposed to happen. You both are younger than I by quite a bit! I, John, Jan, and Kevin became a “band of brothers” during the year we all worked together in Belfast. We all learned that we could trust, respect and rely on each other in challenging circumstances. A couple of stories:

    John had just completed taking a weather class at UNH, and was quite taken with himself and his new expertise. One day I made the comment that it looked like it might snow, wherupon John launched into a very lengthy and detailed lecture on how it could not possibly snow under the present conditions. At that point it began to snow.

    I helped John deliver your Alberg Typhoon, sharing a cabin that we could both hardly fit in, but from the smile on his face it could have been a Hinkley. We had it up to 5 1/2 knots, imagine! We even got the shrouds wet. It was one of those memorable times, when life was as it should be.

    My love and condolences to you and your family.

    Paul

  22. Sherrie Webb says:

    Just heard that Capt. John has passed away. So sorry to hear this news. My thoughts & prayers are with you all. I just wanted to say thank you John, for the memories on Island Roots. We really had a great time with you & it is something I shall never forget. Thank you & God Bless You.

    Sherrie
    Hudson, FL

  23. SCOTT LEONARD says:

    Marcia/Et al… JUST got the news… So sorry to hear this… Guess I didn’t make it down there in time but at least we got a chance to see each other at the NAI/’Brooker reunion last Summer in Portsmouth, NH… I am a better/happier/more productive and eternally thankful person for having worked/enjoyed life along-side John… Right now, I think John would say “maintain course and speed”… Aye Aye Capt., thanks for the good times/memories, your camaraderie/support and your non-judgmental friendship/smiles… You tend to learn a LOT about someone when you go to sea and work underwater with them… I always enjoyed John’s company…

  24. Sue Allen says:

    Like others posting on this list I was struck early on by John’s good looks, wonderful smile, marvelous sense of humor and down-to-earthness. He seemed to see life for what it is, and find a good-humored way to accept it and move forward. And he clearly adored his family – which isn’t hard to understand! One thing I was wrong about: I thought that as a quintessential Maine man’s man he would be most comfortable keeping a conversation on practical things, but he had an emotional and spiritual side that he was quite willing to share with others as well. I only really learned that when he came to build a new paved stone path for Tom and me, and we spent a couple of pleasant hours doing physical labor side by side. In the spaces between laying the stones he talked about life and some of the challenges, and what he’d learned along the way. And he asked me questions about my own life with a gentle curiosity, a fellow human being enjoying the chance to connect. Now that he’s gone, Tom and I walk on that beautiful stone path every day, and we think of his humanity and kindness. It comforts me to think that it’ll probably still be there centuries from now.

  25. Mike Sirois says:

    Marcia, Even though John’s time was short I am happy that he did have the chance to live the life of a captain. It’s been a long road for us from Holly Hill to Island Roots. Thru out all the journeys in your many business ventures John and I have had many of laughs through out the last 25 years that will be forever cherished

  26. Rick Barksdale says:

    While I only had the good fortune of knowing John for less than a year, I echo the sentiments of others.

    John was an intelligent, well-spoken and passionate man. His quick draw smile was only partial evidence of his engaging personality. My condolences go out to his family along with my respect for a man who had the courage to live his dream and convictions.

    Let John’s example, and the words of esteemed author Ursula Le Guin be the guide for those of us who remain: “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end.”

  27. Chip Detwiller says:

    To Marcia and family:
    So sad to learn the news about John – I have an experience to share with you. We met through Linda and Ron Smith, John’s cousins, and visited with John in St. John only once a couple of years ago. That visit was especially memorable on Island Roots, as we became instant sea going pals, clearly on the same page about life, the sea, and a host of other subjects. Although John said right up front that he was not a “fishing charter guy”, I convinced him I was not the typical, “gotta catch a lot of fish guy” so we embarked on a fly fishing expedition all around St. John’s hidden coves with some reasonable success, and spending about 1/2 hour chasing a 4′ barracuda without a “tight line” to show for it, but that did not matter a bit to the fisherman (Chip) or the Captain (John). We just loved the day full of experiences and at the dock when we departed, John admitted that he would really love to do it again – I had truly hoped to return for a repeat adventure. Tight lines, John – we will all miss you. Chip.

  28. Patrick McCarthy says:

    So sorry to hear this news about John but so incredibly happy to have shared so many different experiences with John over our lifetimes. We were fortunate enough to spend a very special day with John in St John in April. I am so glad that my girls got to know John in his element on the ocean and his appreciation knowing when you are in one of life’s great moments. Patrick, Jen, Cait, Kaleigh and Rory.

  29. Susan & Bob Baines says:

    For John I wish for fair winds and following seas.

    We have only known John and Marcia for a short time, but John was one of those people we immediately called, “friend”. And we feel the loss of having such a wonderful soul on this earth.

    For Marcia and family, we wish you all peace, healing, and happy memories.

    Sue & Bob

  30. Inger Schafer says:

    I just spent some time reading John’s obituary, scrolling through pictures and reading posts others have left. It is apparent that John led a full life. One of adventure, shared memories, the enjoyment of the natural world and the love of family.
    We choose each day what to invest in. It is inspiring to see one who chose to seize each day.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all, as you mourn the loss of this great man. May God comfort you in the times that are hard, and allow you joy as your remember sweet times that were shared.
    With love, Inger Schafer (a friend of Erica’s from DC)

  31. Capt. Dan & Kathy Pease says:

    John’s life touched many, all in a great way. My fondest memories will always be how excited he was about what he was into at any time, whether the chartering in St John or building the dock on Louds Island to name just a couple. But I know he was most proud of his wonderful family, and will be missed dearly by us all.

  32. Valerie Branch says:

    Our family sends its deepest regrets to John’s family and friends. We had the pleasure of meeting him a year ago and were fortunate enough to spend a wonderful day with him on Island Roots exploring the waters around St. John. He was one of those people that after a day with him you felt like you knew him all of your life and would always be your friend. He went out of his way to make sure we enjoyed ourselves on his boat and to make our day a memorable one. He was a special person that crossed my family’s lives and left a lasting impression and for that we are very grateful. My family hopes the memories and the love of this man will sustain his family as they mourn their tragic loss.
    The Branch Family

  33. Mike McLaughlin says:

    Marcia, What terrible news! I will always cherish the warm hug I got from John the last time I saw him, in early June. It seems now that he knew then he’d have to encapsulate a lifetime of affection in that one embrace.
    May you find strength in the days ahead from the obvious love he had for you.

    Mike

  34. Jean Vance says:

    I met John when he was on my roof putting up a dish. It was like I had known him forever. I had the pleasure of going out with John and Marcia on Island Roots and it was a wonderful experience. He told great stories, he listened and made me feel a part of the Island Roots family. I will miss him and keep his memory in my heart. I was lucky to know him. My best to all of you. Jean

  35. Sam Chapman says:

    Another firefly gone from the field. Saddened to hear of John’s passing. It is pleasing though to read of his enjoyment of life and the many friends he had. God Bless to all of you.

    I knew John at the Darling center when he had a bushy head of jet black hair and a full pirate’s bushy black beard. When looking at some of his pictures in later life I can recall his hearty laugh.

    For those of you who are use to bathtub crystal clear aqua marine waters, John had experiences at the Darling Center when he was able to walk on sea ice to free a moored skiff. Those of us who experienced that would dream of caribbean waters, John lived his dream.

    Best Regards,

    Sam Chapman
    Carolyn Chapman
    Darling Center
    1966 – 1993

  36. Debbie says:

    Blue waters…..

  37. Liz Hicks says:

    My heart is so sad to hear about Captain John.
    My husband had arranged a special birthday snorkle trip with Carolyn Rodgers , Captain John and Marcia, in 2012. It was truly the highlight of our stay there and I was sooo looking foreward to doing it again.John was so easy,so flexible and willing to get us anywhere we wanted to go.It is a cherished memory that I now hold even dearer.
    My love goes out to his sweet wife, Marcia.
    Liz and David Hicks, Walnut Creek, Ca.

  38. Laurie and Mark Lind says:

    We are deeply saddened to learn of Johns passing. John and his family have become a big part of our St.John story. Our memories of John are numerous. From early morning chats about the weather and plans for the day, to sharing stories about lifes more important things. What I noticed about John in those conversations was that he Really listened. Not just in a polite way, but in a very thoughtful way. Even if he was puttering with something he seemed to be really weighing your words. There are two memories that stand out most to me and they both happened on the same day. We were meeting John at the dinghy dock for a day on the water. When he arrived, I told him we had just come from visiting with Sam and Amanda, and had met Haven. The smile that spread across his face…words can not describe. I have that picture in my mind and in my heart. The love he had for his family was evident in that smile. Later that day John introduced us to someone as his “friends” Mark and Laurie. It warmed my heart then, and is now a moment in time we will cherish always.
    To Marcia and family, I am so very sorry. That seems so inadequate, but know that we share in your sorrow.
    Your friends,
    Mark and Laurie

  39. My sister Trudy introduced us to Island Roots charters and of course we all had a fantastic day with John. My charter service here in Wilmington,n.c. was a good fit for conversation with John’s work there. Not sure you can call it work. As a coast guard officer would say, John was always “squared away”. He told me the story of how he got started with the business in St.John. There’s nothing any better than following a dream and making it work. Living it, is rare.Gods speed.

  40. Laurie McKinney says:

    Oh, what a lovely collection of pictures of John’s beautiful smile, surrounded by those he loved, whether it be family or guests on charter. I am so happy to have been part of his life- Rest in peace my friend…..

  41. Mack Robbins says:

    I was already having a great birthday with my family in St John and then
    my sister surprisies me with a day on the water with Capt John.He truly made my day even better . Sorry to hear of his passing.God Bless

  42. Bob Ryan says:

    I played rock and roll with John. What a great time we had. I think the band name was Red Eye Review or No Excuse..not sure. Let’s see, Bob Lewis, Jack Tukey, me, John and I’ll be darned if I can recall the drummer. Great times with John. I remember the Christmas Cove abode. Sam and Nathaniel being best buds since diapers. Having oysters for the first time when John was with Dodge Cove. When I was in the offshore fishing industry, gill netting, we had John as a rider one trip and he served scallops in the half shell to the crew on board the MIss Angel out of South Bristol.

    Thank you John, for sharing a part of your life and family with me.

    God Bless,

    Bob

  43. Bryan says:

    I had only talked with John a few times. On the dock in Coral Bay or at one of the BVI bars (I own the Busy Bee, the other former Nauti World Cat in Coral). But it was always an enjoyable conversation. I am sorry to hear of his passing and my deepest condolences to Marcia and family. If I can help in any way, please let me know. busybeevi@gmail.com

  44. I knew John was anxious to break into the charter game soon after he arrived on STJ. We had known each other since caddying at York Golf Course in the early 60′s.
    I had never let anyone run my charter boat before , but in knowing his demeanor was confident he could handle the task.
    There is a term “owners captain” meaning the type of Captain the owner knew would be respectful of his vessel and bring it back the way he would want it. John was an “owners Captain”…….
    After deciding to get in the game in his own boat, I steered him towards buying Island Roots. Marcia thanked me for that………
    He always would say ” I have the best job in the world”. I am glad I played a small part in these years.

  45. David Pinardi says:

    A life well lived …

    My condolences to John’s family and many friends. The world is poorer for his passing.

    - David

  46. Nancy Danna says:

    What I’ve always loved about John is that he managed to be warm and have a good sense of humor, while being straight forward and matter of fact at the same time. Without any sharp edges, he was a what you see kinda guy.
    He had the job he was born to do and loved, running Island Roots, meeting people and showing them around the VI and BVI waters, and I had the good luck to get to spend a day with him on his boat.

    but mostly, he was my friend and I miss him already. Love Nancy

  47. patrick callahan says:

    wow. I’ll miss John’s beautiful wit and handsome face, and his “I can’t believe he did that” stories. What a wonderful man. I’d go to shake his hand and he would push it away and give a hearty hug instead. I’ll miss him but cherish Marcia even more. Thank you both for being such honorable people.

  48. Karen Vahling says:

    I’ll miss John, one of those people you just felt comfortable around instantly. He had a very open heart and I see his smile and hard work mentioned more than once. He had a wisdom that helped me at times. What a nice family, too! We’re all here for you in Coral Bay when you can come back.
    Love,
    Karen

  49. Mark Nelson says:

    We didn’t know Captain John well, having only boated with him once on Island Roots last November. But by the end of that day, you could tell that he was a content and happy person, living a full life. He seemed to enjoy his day with us, teasing my daughters about whether or not they had boyfriends (they’re ages 8, 10, and 10), and sharing stories with the adults. I know we all enjoyed our day with him, and were looking forward to many more boating days together.

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Captain John’s family.

  50. Marcy Rice says:

    My husband Jeff and I met John and Marcia when we became the very first renters at the Christmas Cottage. I met Amanda when I worked a month with her at Maho work/exchange program in 2007. I had the opportunity to go out with Captain John with Marcia and friends when renting from them. I am returning to St John in October. I will miss not seeing John’s infectious smile in town. I know he will be greatly missed. Prayers are with the family that you find strength and peace to face the days ahead!

  51. Diana Hibbard says:

    Such special times I spent employed by John and Marcia at Holly Hill and then moving to Cottage Gardens in Damariscotta. John was a great mentor; his comfortable ways and infectious laugh made every day a joy. Getting to know the Stewart family was very special.
    So sorry his life was cut too short.
    Thoughts are with you all…

  52. Peter & Susan Rotch says:

    John will be missed. We first met John at Holly Hill when we bought a John Neville print from Marcia. He hired our son one summer to mow lawns around South Bristol. John’s creativity transformed our back yard from a soggy field into a delightful and useful area, and the stonework in the front yard is the envy of folks on Rutherford Island. Our thoughts to Marcia and the family.

  53. Caroline Rogers says:

    Many of my happiest memories from the last few years revolve around
    trips with Marcia and John around St. John on Island Roots—often with friends and family. Last December my sister, my brother and his family and I went out with John to Reef Bay—where we got to see a large spotted eagle ray that John had seen on his previous trip. The seas and winds had been high that week but died down for our trip. Afterwards we went to Great Lameshur, Booby Rock and Hurricane Hole. That day was the highlight of everyone’s vacation. And that was just one of many great times with these special people.

    I feel so fortunate that I got to know John. He truly loved what he did.
    My heart goes out to Marcia, Erica, Sam and everyone else in this wonderful family. He will really be missed.

    Caroline

  54. Michelle/Wes Richards says:

    We met John on our first trip to STJ, referred to him by Kevin McKinney .. and what a great time we had! Our first trip thru the BVI islands. Over the years, I could always ask him questions about other islands in the Caribbean as we planned future travels. And sadly just missed him on our last trip to STJ at the end of May, he now referring us back to Kevin for our BVI trip. I will miss his posts, pics, and friendship. Cancer took my mother in 3 short mos. after diagnosis. Glad to have known John. Thoughts and love to his family.

  55. Anne Jacobs says:

    Wow, an amazing collection of photos. 24 years of knowing John. My first real boss, my friend’s father and ultimately, my friend too. I can hear his voice right now clearly in my mind. It has such a distinct sound-perfectly clear in its intention. John appeared his happiest when he was on his boat in the USVI. I have a distinct picture in my head. Just before Christmas 2012. He picked us up in Tortola with Erica and we visited all his favorite spots-having asked John to organize the day. At one point he shooed us all off the boat and into the water (even my sick Mom). Looking back at him, sitting in the boat-observing us all-he looked absolutely, perfectly content. I’ll never forget the way he looked at that moment-life was perfect.

  56. Candi Schneider says:

    We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. We met him on White Bay back in 2011. I distinctly remember him helping me score a spot in a hammock. Such a kind-hearted man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  57. Trudy Robbins says:

    Captain John created a very memorable day for me and my family on my brother’s birthday charter 2 years ago. Having known many boat captains while living on St. John our choice of such a kind and knowledgeable guide was perfect. We admired him greatly and felt an immediate attraction to such a fine and interesting man. His love of life and family was so apparent and we hold you Marcia and family in our hearts during this time of sadness and lovingly remembering Captain John Stewart.

  58. Janine Neville (Canada) says:

    I am very sorry to hear of the loss of such a wonderful person. I have many happy memories of visiting John, Marcia, Erica and Sam in Maine when I was a child. John always had a great sense of humor and was very patient with us kids. He always made our family feel welcome. John will be remembered fondly always in our hearts.

  59. Casey Davidson says:

    I love looking through all these pictures of such an incredible life well lived. Too few years but it looks like John packed more in than most people with decades more. I know Captain John through his daughter Erica (Stewie) and have to say he must have been an incredible and kind man to raise such a great daughter. Stewie was a great friend to me all through college and especially post college in DC when my own dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I so appreciate how kind Stewie and Lance have always been to my family, both when my dad was with us, supporting me and my family at his memorial service and for the many years after his passing when she and Lance always kept in touch and helped my mom in DC long after I moved away to Seattle. Stewie and Lance and the kids have been adopted by the McGuires and make it to Thanksgiving at my mom’s house more often than I do! Capt. John lived a wonderful life and I’m very sorry I never made it on to his boat in St. John. My loss for sure! Love to Marcia and Sam and Stewie. I’m thinking of you all. And I’m sorry for yet another wonderful life cut far too short.

  60. Pat Farrell says:

    So sorry to hear this. Our family had an incredible time with John this past December on Island Roots. What an incredible guy! Our prayers are with you and we hope you find strength in a difficult time.

  61. Denise Woods says:

    While I never had the honor of meeting John, I can only say, “what a life!”. And while his life was cut incomprehensively short, it is obvious that he filled his life to the brim and loved well and many, especially his wife and kids. This means the loss is vast and formidable and the landscape and trajectory of many hearts are reshaped forever.
    I mourn with you,
    Denise (friend of Erica and family)

  62. Home is the sailor home from the sea!I guess his obituary says it all by those who knew him best.What a legacy he leaves.
    Love and best wishes.

  63. Phyllis Benton says:

    John will be greatly missed by his friends on St. John. I remember getting to know him and Marcia, talking about the house-building project and island life. Both quickly became a welcome part of the Coral Bay community. My condolences to John’s family, and to his many friends here and in Maine.

  64. Roberta Sprague says:

    John was a wonderful friend for many years. I will miss his smile, his friendship, the joy he took in living his life. I believe that people live on in the hearts of those who loved and cherished them.That being so, John may have achieved a kind of immortality. Sending love to all of you who love him.

  65. Ali ward says:

    I am so saddened and sorry to hear the news. My heart
    and prayers are with the whole Stewart and Baldwin family during this time. John sounds like he was such a wonderful man, and I wish I had gotten the opportunity to find this out in person. If he was anything like his daughter, Erica, who I consider a dear and cherished friend, I know he must have been incredible.
    Much love,
    Ali Ward

  66. Andrea D says:

    I feel lucky to have known John, the father of my dear friend, Erica. Last summer I had the chance to join him in “his element” – by the water on Louds Island and surrounded by his family – it was a great time and I will always remember him there. A genuine smile, an easy laugh, a good story to be told, and full of charm. John’s best traits as I know them – warmth, strong character, generosity, and love of life (and his smile!) continue on through his daughter and my good friend. Sending my love to his entire family.

  67. Hank Slodden says:

    My love and thoughts with Capt John’s family.

    St John lost a great character and mentor, like a

    Shooting star we all are ,his star was bright,sparkling

    And full of life!

    Safe travels John

    Capt Hank

  68. Aimee Pearson says:

    Wow…I am so taken back by this news!Always I will remember John’s smile and dry wit. I take many fond memories of the Cottage Garden days with all the Stewarts. My thoughts are with you. I’m sure John is navigating perfectly in these new waters.

  69. Carol Brocklesby says:

    I am so sorry to hear about John. You may remember Bill & I from the Old Maine Art Shop and formerly from St. Croix. I can’t believe that Bill also just passed away with a 9 week battle with lung cancer. I know what you are going through. I plan to be in Maine in early Sept. We are in Florida now. My heart goes out to you. Carol

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