Walter H. Stewart, lovingly known as "Coach", passed away on June 10th, 2023 at age 98 at his residence. He was born on January 4th, 1925 in Manhattan and grew up in New York City. He graduated from NYU and went on to serve in the military during WWII in the 10th Mountain Division stationed in Italy. For his bravery and valor in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star.
Coach had a passion for physical education, particularly football, tennis but most of all wrestling. At Suffolk County Wrestling Coaches Association he was awarded the Grand Master award, highlighting his dedication to coaching youth and building strong teams. In 2002 Walter was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Off the field Coach Stewart lived life to its fullest. He enjoyed camping with his family and swimming in the ocean. He found peace through gardening and reading while keeping a deep reverence for farmers whom he respected greatly.
Coach had a kind heart and humble personality that earned him tremendous respect from the community around him. His quiet strength and steadfast demeanor allowed those who knew him to look up to him as an example of decency, respectfulness, and sincerity.
He is survived by Elizabeth Stewart (Wife) of 70 years, Emily (Richard) Chizever (Daughter), Elizabeth (Jeffrey) Thomas (Daughter), Nancy (David) Bagshaw (Daughter), James (Brigid) Stewart, (Son), Jeffrey, Caitlin, Jeb, Matthew, Brett, Chelsea, Katy, Robert, Christopher (Grandchildren), Lawson , Theodore (Great Grandchildren).
A visitation service for friends and family will take place on June 13th between 2:00-4:00 PM followed by another visitation service between from 7:00-9:00 PM at Tuthill-Mangano Funeral Home situated at 406 E Main St, Riverhead, NY, 11901.
A funeral service is scheduled for June 14th at 11:00 AM at the Old Steeple Community Church located at 656 Main Street in Aquebogue, NY, 11931. The burial will take place after the funeral ceremony on that same day from 1:30 PM at Calverton National Cemetery at 210 Princeton Boulevard in Calverton, NY, 11933-1031.
Coach has left behind a profound impact on the people around him and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.