Philip "Phil" Stewart
Philip "Phil" E. Stewart, 86 of Clay, NY, passed away on Saturday May 15, 2021, in the Syracuse Home at McHarrie Place in Baldwinsville, NY. Phil was raised and educated in Stroudsburg, PA. He continued his studies at East Stroudsburg State Teacher's College receiving his Bachelor's degree in General Science. Phil enlisted in the United States Army and after serving his country completed his education at Michigan State University obtaining his Master's in Biological Sciences. He retired after a 34-year career as an exceptional High School Biology Teacher at Penn Yan Academy in Penn Yan, NY.
At the age of 12, Phil started hunting, a passion he sustained for his entire life. During his teens he bagged squirrels, ducks, pheasants, rabbits, upland birds and deer. He always had one rule though, whatever you shoot you eat, and his mom cooked anything he brought home. During the 1970's he switched gears and took up car racing. For eight years he drove late model stock cars at Rolling Wheels and Weedsport speedways. In the 1980's you could find Phil on the boat "Teachers' Pet", running charter services out of Sodus Point, NY. Throughout it all, his love for the outdoors, hunting and fishing remained consistent. He would travel to Alaska spending the entire summer hunting mountain goat, mule deer, and moose. In Canada he hunted caribou. An annual trek to Wyoming for two decades focused on antelope and mule deer. He hunted a variety of other game in Texas, Idaho, Pennsylvania and New York. He and his wife Judy continued to eat all the game, abiding by the rule "whatever you shoot you eat". Luckily, they both love to cook, preparing their own meats many different ways to enjoy. In Africa, he hunted eight different species including kudu, impala, a lioness, a gemsbok, a bushbuck and a couple of warthogs. He always told Judy, "If I die on the way home from a hunting trip, don't worry about it, but if I die on the way, that's the time to be sad."
Surviving to cherish his memory is his wife of 26 years, Judith "Judy" (Rice) Stewart of Clay, NY, his son, Craig (Marion) Stewart of Bloomington, IN, daughter, Jodie (Jeff) Riesbeck of Vestal, NY, stepson, Dennis (Willow) Eckel of Martville, NY, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and his former spouse, Helen Stewart (mother of Craig and Jodie).
There will be no services.
Contributions in Phil's memory can be made to Alzheimer's Association, CNY Chapter, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St. Syracuse, NY 13204.
Please sign the Maurer Funeral Home on-line guest book for Phil to express your condolences to his family. www.maurerfuneralhome.com
Posted online on May 26, 2021