Owned Melrose insurance agency

Published January 8, 2021

MELROSE — Robert G. Stewart, 85, a resident of Peabody formerly of Melrose, passed away peacefully at The Linden at Danvers on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020..

Robert was born in Woburn on June 6, 1935, one of five children of the late George and Doris (Bartlett) Stewart. He was raised in Everett, graduated from Everett High School, and served his country honorably in the United States Navy. He married his childhood sweetheart, Hazel, and they settled in Melrose to start a family. Bob’s heart was broken when Hazel died following an automobile accident at a young age.

With a personable nature, and hard work, Bob established Harding & Stewart Insurance Agency in Melrose. He operated the business for many years and grew the agency into a well-respected fixture in the community.

Bob was a longtime member and past president of the Melrose Rotary Club. For a period of time, he also owned a retail clothing and shoe store on Main Street. In his free time, Bob enjoyed golfing every Saturday for many years, and loved playing the slots at the casino. He also served as Past Master of the Masonic Lodge in Melrose, where he was actively involved for many years.

Most of all, Bob was a people person who was beloved by everyone who knew him. Always outgoing and generous, he enjoyed connecting with family and friends, and bringing a smile to your face. He will be deeply missed.

Bob was the beloved husband of the late Paula T. (Belforte) Stewart and the late Hazel Stewart. Loving father of the late Lori Stewart Coletti. Dear brother of Carole Beck and her husband Warren of Billerica, James Stewart and his late wife Eileen of Melrose, the late John Stewart and his surviving wife Queenice of Duxbury, and the late Bruce Stewart. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

In honor of Bob and his beloved wife, Paula, who died in 2015 of cancer, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org, 3 Speen St., Ste 250 Framingham, MA 01701.

Out of respect and concern for public health, services to honor Bob’s life will be private. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For online tribute, visit RobinsonFuneralHome.com