Former Hamilton city council member dies

John W. Stewart, who served one four-year term on Hamilton city council, died Sunday. He was 87.

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John W. Stewart, who served one four-year term on Hamilton city council, died Sunday. He was 87.

A former Hamilton city council member, who remained active in government after he was out of office, has died.

John W. Stewart, who served one four-year term on council, died Sunday. He was 87.

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Stewart, a 1948 graduate of Hamilton High School, worked as a machinist at Hamilton Tool Co. He was elected to the city council and served from 1980 to 1983. Deborah Stinger said her father continued to regularly attend council meetings even after he was no longer a council member.

He was a member of the Allison Avenue Baptist Church, the Hugh Bates Masonic Lodge No. 686, and the Hamilton High Twelve Club No. 414, where he served on several committees.

His daughter described him as honest and respectful and said he always let her “learn from my mistakes.”

He also was a “devoted husband for sure,” his daughter said. “The ultimate family man.”

Education was “supremely important” to her father, she said. He made financial sacrifices to allow his daughter to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from University of Cincinnati and a master’s from Miami University.

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Stewart is survived by his wife of more than 68 years, Virginia; one daughter Deborah; four grandchildren: Elizabeth Truax, Joseph Stinger, and Thomas and John Stewart; three great-granddaughters: Victoria Stewart, Ada Truax, and Katherine Truax; and one brother Joe Stewart.

He was preceded in death by his son Thomas Stewart.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Webster Funeral Home, 3080 Homeward Way at Ohio 4, Fairfield. Masonic Service will be at 11:30 a.m. the same day, followed by the funeral service with Pastor Andrew Hancock officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Burial Park.

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